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Detecting Vulnerable Ground Parrots After Wildfires

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service & Partnerships (QPWS&P) Natural Resource Management Rangers, and Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation Community Ranger Bobbie, recently redeployed acoustic sound recorders into the burnt and unburnt country on western K’gari, to detect the presence (or absence) of the vulnerable eastern ground parrot (Pezoporus wallicus).

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Have you got what it takes to be a Weed Spotter?

The cost of weeds to Australian agriculture now exceeds $4 billion per year. No estimate has been made of the cost of weeds to the environment, but environmental biosecurity is a rapidly developing area.  Prevention and early intervention are the most cost-effective means of dealing with potential, new and emerging weeds in Queensland.

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Coral Monitoring in the Great Sandy Strait

The Butchulla Land and Sea Rangers recently joined the Gidarjil Land and Sea Rangers and the University of the Sunshine Coast out on the water to conduct in-shore coral reef surveys on Butchulla Country.

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In it for the long term – the Sandy Cape Lighthouse Weeding Program

Lighthouse keepers manned Sandy Cape Lighthouse between 1870 and 1997. Like many lighthouses in remote locations, supplies came in, but nothing left the site, with rubbish dumped ‘over the hill.’  With only tank water, hardy plants were introduced by keepers. Many of these survived and escaped, spreading out over 1Km radius.

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Great Sandy Strait Shorebird Survey

The first surveys of the Great Sandy Strait (GSS) region were completed by Peter Driscoll and published in Driscoll, P.V. (1993).  QWSG has continued extensive surveys of the region since February 1995, and in total (including those completed by Peter), 18 surveys have been undertaken.

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Marine Turtle Nest Relocation, Predation and Population Survey – Sandy Cape 2019-20

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Building Skills, Building Knowledge

When the Butchulla Land and Sea Ranger team expressed an interest in learning more about the water quality of K’gari’s streams and lakes, the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) had no hesitation in offering their assistance.

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Butchulla Land and Sea Ranger Training – Part 2

The partnership between the Butchulla Land and Sea Rangers (BLSRs), Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) and the World Heritage Unit within the Department of Environment and Science (DES) is continuing to strengthen.

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Protecting and Restoring K’gari’s Pandanus

In record time, the introduced insect responsible for Pandanus dieback, Jamella australiae, spread across the eastern shores of Fraser Island, leaving a wake of destruction.

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Getting Together on K’gari

FINIA was founded on K’gari in 2005 and meeting on the island at least once a year has become an important part of the group’s calendar.  Aside from the opportunity to spend some time looking at the issues and progress on-ground, it also provides an opportunity for us to renew our commitment to the island, share knowledge, meet new partners and discuss approaches as we face emerging challenges – like myrtle rust and visitor management.  The 2019 trip, held on 7-8 May, was no exception. 

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