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Cooloola BioBlitz 2021

The Cooloola BioBlitz 2021 is coming up on 14-16 May with lots of new scientists and expert enthusiasts joining the wonderful array of Team Leaders.

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Feature Pest: Mossman River Grass

Mossman river grass or Mossman burr (Cenchrus echinatusis) is an invasive plant native to Central America and southern North America. It prefers sandy soils including at the beach, footpaths, roadsides, lawns, parks and disturbed areas – so K’gari provides some perfect habitat.

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Weedspotting is Fun!

Queensland Herbarium’s Senior Ecologist, Dr Melinda Laidlaw led the FINIA Weedspotter Workshop held at the Maryborough Town Hall in November 2020. Fourteen FINIA and community members joined Mel for her two-hour introduction to weed spotting. 

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Mission Biosecurity is LIVE!

The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has teamed up with Costa Georgiadis of Gardening Australia and our colleagues in New South Wales and around Australia to bring you Mission Biosecurity!

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K’gari (Fraser Island) – the fire and the aftermath

On 14 October, campers in the Ngkala Rocks vicinity left an unextinguished campfire at their campsite in the North of the Island. A raging South Easter was blowing. The coals reignited, fanned by the wind, and the fire spread into the adjacent vegetation. That was the start of the calamity.

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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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Notes from Sandy Cape Lighthouse

When you are a volunteer caretaker at Sandy Cape Lighthouse, your notebook tends to look a little different to a regular diary of appointments and reminders.   

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Zero Chemical K’gari FCRC Community Environment Program

Rain, frogs, flowers, butterflies and a semi-retired British Colombian species-at-risk biologist!

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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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Great Sandy Strait Shorebird Course

The Great Sandy Strait (the GSS) is a Ramsar site and an internationally significant site for shorebirds. For many years, QWSG has conducted regular shorebird surveys in the GSS.

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