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AGM Highlights

Thank you to our members who attended the AGM on April 27th, or sent in proxies, we achieved a healthy quorum.

Greg Siepen (President) and Ian Ferguson (Treasurer) presented the highlights of 2021:

We had a variety of speakers throughout the year, bushcare bees at the bottom and top of the mountain, several children's holiday activities, visits by Chapel Hill State School preps, nest box workshop and grants delivering new nest boxes/ weather station, the creative Art Show display, a field trip for WWII history buffs, the 2022 Wild West Calendar and lastly a spotlightling and moth evening in December. These offerings are for the 100+ members who support THECA and make us a community hub. These activities would not be possible without the help of our volunteers, we always welcome newcomers (especially a Newsletter editor) :-)

Congratulations to Dawn Muir, Don Sands and Lyn Cole who are now Life Members, contributing so much to THECA over the years as dedicated volunteers.

We farewelled Margaret Palmer who has been the Secretary and Newsletter editor for so many years. Her editorial skills, calm approach and community spirit will be truly missed. We wish her happiness pursuing other interests.

                                                                                  Margaret Palmer receiving King Parrots at AGM

After the AGM we enjoyed an excellent talk by Genevieve Deaconos from the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, taking us on a virtual tour of the properties they manage throughout Australia. 

The questions at the end were an indication of the high level of engagement with the topic. 

Please join us in making 2022 even better!

Ryan Candidates Forum: Our Climate and Environmental Future

Please submit questions here https://tinyurl.com/yzb4rjh5

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Spotlighting Spin

Species Spotlighting Special  

Maria Miller

December 15th, 2021, from 7 - 10 p.m.

 What a great way to end a full year* by merging virtual and real worlds while investigating night critters in the forest.

Twenty-eight folks from across the SEQ community gathered for an evening of discoveries on the western side of Mt. Coot-tha. We were based at the Hut, as THECA hosted the event.

Reps from the SEQ Spider fb group with great macrophotography skills, UQ PhD candidate Jessa Thurman (and entomologist Andrew Maynard), Wild BNE blogger Christian Perrin and Great Southern BioBlitz contributor Natasha Taylor where in the mix and made the evening worthwhile by sharing expertise and documenting finds.

Don Sands joined us with a specimen of an unknown species of Cossid moth (the larvae bore into trees).  There certainly is more to understand about moths, especially wood moths in our area. Click the link for more on Wood Moths. *Digression* I actually ate a witchetty grub while living in Yuendumu in the early 1980s, not really knowing anything about the creature it would have become. If you are intrigued, see Australian Museum info on Bush tucker. It was tasty toasted over coals on an open fire, and high in protein.

After a briefing in the Hut, we broke into four groups. A larger group led by Christian Perrin, comprised of families with young children. We were instantly captivated by the Botany Bay Weevil and Christian’s detailed explanations as we walked along the Rose Robin loop from the Hut. Wolf spiders, orb weavers, a single Cressida Cressida egg on a low scrambling vine and Boobook call motivated us along the trail. The youngsters were able to spot various lichen types - corals of the forest, and clean air indicators - as well as termite mounds.

A second smaller group, with Natasha at the helm, walked clockwise starting at the Honeyeater end. They too, came across the 30 runners with headlamps in addition to plenty of insects, spiders, and a scorpion they spotted using a UV torch (including a moult, ‘skin’ left behind when the scorpion grows). Keep your eyes peeled for a February Newsletter item by Margaret Palmer, as she was in this group.

The SEQ Spider members wandered off in search of quiet spaces where invertebrates, especially arachnids, might reveal themselves. They certainly found some spectacular specimens. 

Staying behind to tend the light-sheet equipment (kindly on loan from Geoff Monteith), were Jessa and Andrew. They welcomed us upon our return with an intriguing display. While Jessa and Andrew did not record the number of insects in a systematic way, they report that several varieties of insects appeared on the light-sheet. Most notably, there were several owlflies, stink bugs, and many moths. One wood moth (Culama australis) was found. This species is one of the many small species of wood moths and is one of the more common varieties. While none of the larger wood moths were attracted to our light-sheet, Jessa suggested there is evidence of them on Mount Coot-tha and future surveys should look out for them. 

We marvelled at the range of insects and moths attracted to the sheet, but the Emperor Gum Moth who settled on a shrub near the light was certainly the most photographed creature. Everyone shared stories of insect encounters. Such a group effort!

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 Check out the results on the iNaturalist project Mount Coot-tha and Surrounds, documenting diversity and distribution in the area.

We truly appreciate your engagement.

Please consider joining THECA or an environmental group near you in 2022!

*2021 Newsletter content can be found under the Publications Tab. Copy for the February 2022 Newsletter is due January 5th.

Support for community activities gratefully received from Brisbane City Council and the Jane Scragg bequest.

 

Wild West Calendar SOLD OUT at the Hut, REPA still has a few

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A few calendars still available through REPA (Rural Environmental Planning Association). Please contact Bryan Hacker (email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 3374 1468

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..

 

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.