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The Hut will be OPEN on Saturday and Sunday (6 & 7 November) between 0930 -10.30 to collect a 2022 Wild West Calendar.

On-line orders or exact cost ($12.50).

THECA'S ART SHOW

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THECA'S ART SHOW

2-4 October 2021
"The Wild and The Beautiful"

THECA is following the requirements of current COVID health advice from the Queensland Government.  To maintain social distancing there will be a limit of 10 visitors inside The Hut at any one time.  Visitors will be required to provide contact details as per Queensland Health COVID requirements.  Please do not attend the Art Show if you have COVID-19 symptoms, or have been in close contact with a confirmed case.

Artists are invited to enter art (drawing, watercolour, acrylic, oil, pastel, mixed media and sculpture) to the THECA Art Show.

Prizes: THECA will sponsor a $300 “People’s Choice” prize for the most popular painting. There will be a $100 “Gondwana Prize”. This prize will be awarded to a native flora or fauna art work.
Prizes will be awarded on Monday afternoon, 4th October 2021.

Show dates/times: Saturday 2nd to Monday 4th, October 2021, 9am - 4pm.

Entering art: Complete the attached entry form, scan and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or post to THECA, P.O. Box 804, Kenmore Qld 4069.

Fee: $5 per art work. Two (2) art works (max. 55cm x 55cm) and one (1) art work (max. 80cm x 80cm) per artist will be accepted.

No commission will apply to sales.

Entry closing date: Monday 20th September 2021


Art delivery: Saturday 25th September 2021, from 9.30am - 11am, to THECA, The Hut,
47 Fleming Road, Chapel Hill Qld. 4069.

Collection of art: Monday 4th October 2021, from 4pm - 4.30pm.

Art Show Opening Night - to be advised.

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THECA thanks Brisbane City Council for its financial support through the Environmental Grants program.

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Conditions of Entry 2-4 October 2021

1. Each Artist may enter a maximum of three (3) works, appropriate to the Art Show
theme. $5 per entry. The entry fee is not refundable.

2. No commission will apply to art sales.

3. The two (2) art works with a maximum width of 55cm and a maximum depth of 55cm,
and one (1) art work with a maximum width of 80cm and a maximum depth of 80cm.

4. Entrants should be over 17 years of age on the closing date of entries.

5. The art work must meet a minimum standard (at the discretion of the Art Show
organisers), and be appropriate to the theme of the art show. The Organisers
reserve the right to accept or reject any art work submitted.

6. Entries must be the Artist’s original unaided work. Copies of works by other artists
are not accepted. Paintings produced in workshops or classes are also not
acceptable.

7. Art work must be suitably mounted and framed (fitted with D hooks and wire, no
protruding eye screws), and clearly marked on the back of the work with:

a. Artist’s name;
b. title of work;
c. price.

8. The exhibition space is limited, so early entries are encouraged. A cut off to entries
may apply if the available space is filled.

9. Artists are deemed to have consented to the reproduction of their work for media
promotion.

10. If Artists have business cards, they are welcome to supply them for display at the
show.

11. THECA and the volunteers assisting at the Art Show undertake to exercise due care
and diligence with Artist’s paintings, but under no circumstances will be liable for loss
of, damage, or theft of any art works. Artists should take out their own insurance
should they consider it necessary.

12. The most popular painting, the “People’s Choice” prize, will be awarded on Monday
4th October, at 3pm. The “Gondwana Prize” will be chosen by representative/s of the
Gondwana Ecology Group, and will be award at 3pm on Monday.

13. Completed entry forms can be posted to THECA, P.O. Box 804, Kenmore Qld.
4069, emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Entry forms and fees
must be received by THECA by the closing date, 20 September, 2021.

If you have any questions about the THECA Art Show, or the suitability of art, please
contact Christine Zupanc at 0422 364 967, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Magpie Season

Magpies

The Australian magpie (Cracticus tibicen) is a native Australian bird and is protected under the State Wildlife Legislation (Nature Conservation Act 1992). It is a serious offence to harm magpies and penalties apply for attempting to harm them.

The Australian magpie plays an important role in natural pest management, as it preys on small insects such as mosquitoes and midges. Magpies can be beneficial to agriculture and gardens because they feed on pest insects.

Long-term conservation of this species is necessary for maintaining biodiversity, which is the variety of all plants and animals that inhabit our world.CW magpie

Appearance

Magpies are a medium-sized black and white bird, with the following characteristics:

  • they are approximately 40 centimetres long
  • adult males have a white nape and rump, while females are grey in these areas and are smaller in size
  • their bill is grey-white and shorter in female birds
  • juvenile magpies have flecked greyish dark markings and dark bills
  • their lifespan is unknown, but some have lived up to 30 years.

Habitat

Magpies adapt well to open and cleared environments and thrive in large areas of lawn that provide foraging sites, where there are scattered trees available for nesting, and water. They are very territorial birds, but outside the breeding season groups of up to 20 magpies may still congregate in rural areas.

Magpie nests are a bowl shape made from dry sticks with a lining of grass and bark or any other non-plant materials that the birds can find. The clutch size is usually around three to four eggs, though this varies according to season, weather, predators and the general health of the parents. Both parents will raise their young.

Problems caused by magpies

Magpies are well-known for swooping humans and pets during their breeding season between July and December, with the peak swooping month in September. This has resulted in the magpie becoming a nuisance to some people.

Most magpies will accept the presence of people within their territories, however when attacks do occur, they usually take place within a one hundred metre radius around the tree containing the nest.

While most magpie attacks are mild, they could cause serious injury to the eyes and head. Find tips to protect yourself against swooping birds.

What Council is doing

Brisbane City Council has adopted working towards a natural balance as the guiding management principle in the management of swooping birds. Find out more

What you can do

There are several things you can do to try and discourage magpies from nesting in your yard. Ensure you:

  • do not feed magpies, ensure no scraps of food or rubbish are left lying around
  • remove unnecessary sources of water from the backyard (if magpies are causing a nuisance)
  • do not remove nests or eggs and never touch a young bird. If you are concerned for the safety of the young, phone Council's Native Animal Ambulance on 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625)
  • do not disturb the birds when there are fledglings in the nest
  • do not throw objects at the bird or destroy the nest as this will increase their defence efforts
  • expect an elevated level of swooping activity during the breeding season between June and December.

Find tips to protect yourself from swooping birds.

More information

To find out more information about magpies, phone Council on 07 3403 8888.

Magpie season NOTICE

Magpies swoop to protect eggs and young from potential predators during the nesting season. They rely largely on intimidation to deter human intruders by flying low and fast, often clacking their bill as they pass overhead. The sound of their wings whistling past, and the movement of air can be alarming, but it is usually just a bluff. Only a few magpies see people as a threat, and most will not swoop you.

There are things you can do to keep yourself safe:

  • Avoid areas where magpies are known to swoop for six to eight weeks until the chicks learn to fly and the problem ceases. They usually only defend a small area of up to 100m radius around their nest.
  • Watch magpies while you are in their territory and adopt a confident stance as this can have a strong deterrent effect. If they know they’re being watched, they are less likely to swoop.
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses or hold a school bag or umbrella over your head.
  • If you are riding a bicycle or horse, it is best to dismount. For reasons best known to magpies, bicycles irritate magpies the most. One of the major causes of accidents following a magpie swoop is falling from a bicycle (or horse). ‘Spiking up’ your helmet with a few cable ties also helps to scare magpies away.
  • Magpies are less likely to swoop if you walk in a group. Team up with others if you walk through a nesting area.
  • Harassment by humans causes some magpies to start swooping. Please do not chase magpies or throw things at them and don’t fight back. Magpies have good memories so being aggressive towards a magpie will only make it more defensive next time.

Remember that the magpies are just trying to protect their young. Learning to live alongside wildlife is an important step towards building a better living environment and observing and listening to magpies can be an enjoyable experience. Taking a bird or nest from the wild is illegal without a permit and while such actions may temporarily stop attacks, it is better to leave them in peace.

August Monthly Meeting

Speaker: Tamielle Brunt

Where are the Platypus in Brisbane's Waterways?

Tamielle Brunt Talk at THECA

 

Bird walk July 2021

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THECA follows Queensland Health Covid-19 directives for all events and activities.
To check the current status of Covid-19 directives from Queensland Health,  visit: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19.