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Birdwalk 25 January

Birdwalk 25 January at Moggill Forest Reserve, Mill Rd Anstead (UBD 175 N10).

No need to book but contact is Dawn on 3878 8076 or 0438 708 076.

Citizen Science Project - Evaluation of 2M Tree Plantings at Wacol

Citizen Science Project - Evaluation of 2M Tree Plantings at Wacol

A Citizen Science Grant of $16,000 was awarded to The Hut Environmental and Community Association (THECA) Inc. to monitor the condition and health of trees planted under the Brisbane City Council’s 2 Million Trees Project. The trees and shrubs at Wacol were planted in 2011/12.

Twenty (20) volunteers were recruited, of which 18 have remained until December 2019.

Thirteen, 50 X 50 Metre Plots were marked out across the Wacol site. On each of the Plots, corrugated iron sheets, hardwood sleepers, roof tiles and tree wraps were placed for reptile refuges. Sixty hair traps and six motion cameras were located for a two-week period on three Plots. These traps and cameras will be placed in the plots again for another two week period in 2020.

A Training Workshop was held on 26th October at Pooh Corner Environmental Centre. Volunteers were addressed on topics such as Plant Identification and Monitoring Methods (Environmental Consultant Stephen Catchpoole); Bird Identification and Survey Methods (Birds Southern Queensland Stace Maclean); Reptile Identification and Survey Methods (CSIRO Andrew Taylor); and Mammal Survey Methods (G Siepen for Justin Watson).

The Training Workshop held a classroom session using powerpoint slides followed by a field session to assist volunteers to become familiar with the trees planted at the Wacol site with Workshop Speakers demonstrating identification and survey methods.

Four Citizen Scientist groups were formed. This has reduced to three during the first half of the project. Groups were allocated three 50 X 50 Metre Plots each, scattered throughout the Wacol site. One Plot was used as the training plot. The three remaining Plots will be surveyed by Project Coordinators, Greg Siepen and Dan Cole.

Each group has started recording vegetation occurrence on their allocated plots. One survey is required for the entire project. Each group has started their monthly surveys of birds and reptiles which will last until June 2020.

Tree results are still being tabulated.

In summary to date, trees and shrubs have done quite well, although some deaths have occurred. The area has experienced drought for a long time since 20111/12 as evidenced by soil cracks and trees and shrubs looking very ‘sick’, possible dying. Several native fauna species have been observed within the Wacol site and on the Plots such as Beaded Dragon, Eastern Brown snake, Collared Sparrowhawk, brush turkey and three species of macropod. Hairs collected in the hair tarps will be sent for identification and animals will be identified by Justin from the motion camera cards.

Groups will continue to conduct bird and reptile monthly surveys over summer and complete the vegetation monitoring.

G Siepen & D. Cole (Project Coordinators)

 

Birdwalk 23 November Seventeen Mile Rocks Road ParkBirdwalk 23 November Seventeen Mile Rocks Road Park

Birdwalk 23 November Seventeen Mile Rocks Road ParkBirdwalk 23 November Seventeen Mile Rocks Road Park

In the absence of our expert Dawn Muir, we did two separate walks. One, within the Park itself, did not result in many sightings. The Park was filled with runners, bike rallies and other assorted fitness exercises which we thought made it less attractive to bird life. We saw over 25 Maned (Wood) Ducks. Other sightings included small numbers of Magpies, Noisy Miners, a Swift, Welcome Swallows, male and female Figbirds, Brush Turkeys (and a mound), Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, Pied and Grey Butcherbirds, a White Ibis, Rainbow Lorikeets, Crows, a Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike, and a Kookaburra.

In the absence of our expert Dawn Muir, we did two separate walks. One, within the Park itself, did not result in many sightings. The Park was filled with runners, bike rallies and other assorted fitness exercises which we thought made it less attractive to bird life. We saw over 25 Maned (Wood) Ducks. Other sightings included small numbers of Magpies, Noisy Miners, a Swift, Welcome Swallows, male and female Figbirds, Brush Turkeys (and a mound), Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, Pied and Grey Butcherbirds, a White Ibis, Rainbow Lorikeets, Crows, a Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike, and a Kookaburra.The second walk, in the area around the Park, took in the lagoon first with a walk back along the river. This was much more successful.  Altogether we saw 44 bird species and brown snake swimming  in the lagoon.  Bird species included Blue-faced Honeyeater, Maned (Wood) Duck, Welcome Swallow, Little Friar Bird, Brown Honeyeater, Grey Butcher Bird, Fig Bird, Purple Swamp Hen, Magpie Lark, Friar Bird, Black Swan, Hard Head, Willie Wagtail, Scrub Turkey, Moorhen, Rainbow Lorikeet, Scaly-breasted Lorikeet,  White-browed Scrub Wren, Noisy Miner, White Ibis, Sacred Kingfisher, Great Egret, Silver Eye, Pacific Black Duck, Little Egret, Little Black Cormorant, Magpie, Torresian Crow, Indian Miner, Crested Pigeon, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Darter, Rock Dove, Oriole, Lewins Honeyeater, Currawong, Australasian Grebe, Masked Lapwing, Striated Pardalote(h) Pied Butcher Bird, Little Pied Cormorant, Rainbow Bee-eater(h), and a Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike.

Dawn has kindly agreed to lead bird walks next year and we are very grateful to her for this and for all the walks this year. We have greatly benefited from her deep expertise in birdlife and her knowledge of the sites we investigate on the walks.

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Kids time: Art in the Forest

The popular Kids Time Art in the Forest will be held at The Hut again these holidays!

Children will participate in art and craft activities using natural materials, and inspired by the forest environment of Mt Coot-tha.

They will experience different media, and be able to make gifts, cards, and decorations for Christmas.

We will have three activities which the children will rotate around in 30 minute time slots. These activities will include a nature walk and scavenger hunt in our beautiful State Forest, making Christmas decorations with nature materials, and helping to build a collage for the THECA hut that portrays our natural surroundings and the animals that live within it. This morning includes a morning tea.

BookING CLOSED

Time: Sunday 08 December 2019, 09:30 - 11:30
Place: The Hut, 47 Fleming Rd, Chapel Hill QLD 406

Who can join: All children from 5 to 12 years old.  Children can be dropped off OR if parents choose to stay they may bring younger siblings who would like to participate.

Cost: $10 per child that participates and this will include the activities, all materials used and morning tea. We ask that this is paid by bank transfer prior to the event.

What to bring: Bring a hat and water bottle, and wear sunscreen and mosquito repellant.

More information: Amanda England
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phone: 0426887084

Bookings are essential.

Booking Closed

We look forward to seeing you!

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UPDATE TO MEMBERS MEETING - 27 November

 

Unfortunately, Tim Low will not be available to talk about his new book at our members meeting on 27 November. Instead, Andrew Taylor will talk on ‘Reptiles active this summer’. Andrew works at CSIRO Pullenvale and has acquired a huge knowledge of reptiles. He is called upon regularly to give talks at schools and for wildlife training workshops on reptile identification and first-aid treatment procedures.  Andrew lives in Brookfield and is very familiar with the reptiles that are likely to be encountered in the western suburbs.’