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K’gari-Fraser Island becomes the final resting place for a small number of migrating animal species from whales to birds that become stranded due to weather, limited food resources, illness or other influential reasons. This is also a natural part of the island’s nutritive cycles.(more…)
The discovery of a new species of Boronia Moth during the Cooloola BioBlitz brought one of Australia’s leaders in scientific research to Cooloola next Month to follow up the discovery. (more…)
Myrtle rust is the rust fungus Austropuccinia psidii, formerly Puccinia psidii. The fungus has origins in South America where multiple strains/biotypes have been identified. In Australia, only a single type, the pandemic strain, has been identified. (more…)
The Fraser-K’gari Island symposium is being held at the Hervey Bay campus of the University of the Sunshine Coast on the 7-8 June 2018. (more…)
Bitou bush has the ability to out compete and smother native coastal dune vegetation. Infestations within the Great Sandy National Park have been dramatically reduced since the 1980’s, with only isolated plants being found in the field today.
In the last FINIA newsletter, FIDO’s John Sinclair raised concerns about the apparent diminishing number of birds on Fraser Island. He points to the evidence provided by a group of bird watchers who recorded 65 species of birds in a trip across the island in a 24-hour period in November 1968. John said that over five days at Easter on the island this year he managed to see or hear only 20 species through the bush and on the beach.
John asked the question: where have the island’s birds gone? Without being too smart, I could say … to the Anderson bird baths at Eurong. (more…)
Trail cameras are an integral part of protected area management throughout the world and a useful tool where resources for field observations are limited. Within the Great Sandy National Park, cameras are utilised and applied to the management of threatened fauna species, feral animal activity, compliance and dingo conservation. The process of going through the images can be long and at times surprising, but the rewards are worth it. (more…)
Citizen science has an enormous amount to contribute, as recently demonstrated when a Darwin mechanic discovered a new planet. Similarly, citizen science has a lot to contribute to our understanding of K’gari. For example, the driest year on record caused my son Keith and I to go poring over rainfall records. We thought that we would start with doing a detailed examination of Double Island Point, which is the closest place to the island with records going back for more than 100 years. What we found astonished us; it was a revelation. (more…)
During the first field trip by the Maryborough and Bundaberg Wildlife Branches to Fraser Island (K’gari) in November 1968, in 24 hours the group positively identified 65 species of birds. Admittedly, the trip was led by outstanding naturalist and keen birdo, Eric Zillman.
Cruise tourism has witnessed unprecedented growth rates amidst greater interest in terms of new destinations and ships with an impressive array of features. There is some agreement within industry that the sector is likely to continue its growth trajectory given that many cruise tourists are sold to the idea of all-inclusive and value-based pricing strategies employed by many operators. (more…)