Basically the workshop presented and discussed the following:
Why do animals need to move?
1.To reach sleeping/resting and feeding/drinking areas
2.To find new feeding places as resources diminish.
3.To find a new territory
4. To migrate north-south between breeding areas and over-wintering areas 5.To find a mate.
Also factors the animal itself would be unaware of:
- Insurance against total loss of a species. If the only population is in a patch pf forest that burns, that species is lost to the world.
- Genetic diversity
Why the focus on squirrel gliders?
- They live in relatively low-altitude, dry forests
- Their habitat is not as well conserved as tall mountain forests
- They are attractive, and a number of other species share the habitat so will also benefit (thus good Flagship sp.)
- We received grants from Scenic Rim Regional Council to conduct surveys of gliders over a couple of years, and this is what originally led to the corridors project
What other creatures could benefit?
- Glossy black cockatoo
- Grey-crowned babbler
- Various other birds, mammals and reptiles
- Native bees Butterflies
Basically all speciesinhabiting lowland eucalyptus woodlands and forests
Some can easily fly, walk or hop between patches. Some need more continuous shelter
Support for the project
- Scenic Rim branch of Wildlife Qld leading the project
- Scenic Rim Regional Council has supported many glider surveys and participated in many discussions, land for planting etc.
- Wildlife Qld (central) has raised $5000 towards equipment, plants, workshops etc.
- Communities Environment Program (federal government) grant of $10,211 mainly for fencing, also this workshop
- Other government and NGOs – Main roads, Great Eastern Ranges, Healthy Waterways, WWF, Landcare and others
- Volunteers – landowners (large and small areas), volunteer workers (planting, aftercare, fencing, surveys)
The plan – hubs and corridors
- Consolidate hubs as great habitat areas, some enhancement where desirable
- Planting and/or poles in corridor routes (private & government land)
- Monitoring for our own information on progress, and advice to others
In the hubs:
- Surveys of gliders and otherwildlife ASAP and as we progress, in at least 2 seasons (preferably 4): morning and evening, on foot and by motion- sensing camera
- Enhance with additional plantings and nest boxes where appropriate
- Future surveys to see what is working
- Kooralbyn/RoundMountain – RamadaResort, several private landowners very supportive, council land
- Mont Alford etc. – reserves, supportive landowners, connect with Moogerah Peaks NPs
- Birnham – ?
- Duck Creek area – owners of large properties supportive, connect with Lamington NP
- Maroon area – council reserves, landowners, connect with Mt Barney NP
- Offer part of your land for planting?
- Provide materials (tree guards, nesting boxes etc.)
- Help with planting, weeding and watering?
- Help with fencing?
- Help with surveys?
- Help with collating information?
- Fill in details on forms provided today
- Register interest at https://cutt.ly/corridor