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Fascinating reptile workshop

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

frog__Black_snake_br_feb2008Fascinating and free reptile workshop

Capture your creatures on film after you find them - or they find you!

Brian 'Furry' McLean of Crocodiles and Dragons legend will demonstrate lots of useful information about our local reptile residents so that we can all live together harmoniously.

John McCann – professional wildlife photographer from Nature Pics will provide some secret so we can capture your creatures on film - the only way to catch them.


  2 – 4.30 pm

CWA Hall  Brisbane Street Beaudesert

LACA kindly thanks Scenic Rim Regional Council for funding the workshops through its Community Environmental Assistance Grants Program.

Our local zoologist - ecologist came to our assiatance at the last moment due to unforeseen circumstances. Thank you Ronda Green. Many cameras wer clicking madle as all attendees at our success workshop got very up close camera moments with Furry's creatures which are very used to the public - unlike our shy native animals in their natural habitat.

We hope to post some images soon so stay tuned. The shin of the crocodile is incredibly soft.



Last Updated on 12 March 2012

SURVEYS or CENSUS COUNTS for two local bird species - Sunday 31 October 2010

 Glossy Black Cockatoo and Australian White Ibis.

Source: Guy Castley
If you want to take part in the Glossy Black-Cockatoo Birding Day check on the Conservancy website here.

As the Glossy Black Cockatoo may be confused by another black bird, identification workshops are being held for those interested in helping. The Conservancy website has great identification tools as well. Please register at site linked above if you can help.


The Australian White Ibis is a protected native species that plays an important role in their natural wetland habitat. However, drought and inland water management issues have contributed to the White Ibis shifting to urban areas where they have found plentiful food, particularly at waste landfills. As a result, urban White Ibis populations have exploded over the last two decades. They are now often perceived as a 'pest' because of their nuisance value, risk to aviation safety, and impact on biodiversity.

Your participation in this survey will aid the long term conservation and effective management of Australian White Ibis by providing a better understanding of their distribution and abundance throughout Australia. Download a flyer here.


Glossy Black Cockatoo Workshop - Bird Week at Mt Barney Lodge

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

glossy-black-cockatoo_sept08-07LACA - Logan and Albert Conservation Association -  will present a Glossy Black Cockatoo Workshop, presenting a comprehensive overview of this magnificient bird which is

sliding towards a "threatened" existence.

This is followed by a tour of the Glossy Conservation project at Mt Barney Lodge.

This workshop is sponsored through Scenic Rim Council environment grant to LACA and is hosted free of charge by Mt Barney Lodge.


Dr Guy Castley from Griffith University and lead research member will be guest presenter.

Well known SEQ bird person Rod Bloss from Brisbocca will also present on the day.

LACA, Mt Barney Lodge, Scenic Rim Council, Dr Guy Castley and Rod Bloss are all connected with the GLOSSY BLACK CONSERVANCY


Where the wild things are - but for how long?

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

Wilderness has entralled man for generations and still does. We may marvel at mankind's innovations and use of technology but we do not always use that technology for improvement. Many have flocked to Canada for the 2010 Olympics. David Suzuki has written...

Those who came to Vancouver for the Games will remember our friendliness and our ability to create a society where people from many backgrounds and cultures can live together. But just as many will remember us for something that has always defined our nation: our spectacular natural environment.

The forests, mountains, rivers, and ocean are visible no matter where you go in Vancouver. The wilderness at Vancouver's doorstep is home to a wide range of plants and animals, especially for a northern temperate region. In much of Canada, you can still find all of the charismatic megafauna that were present at the time of European settlement, including grizzly bears, cougars, wolves, and wolverines.

British Columbia is home to as many as half of Canada's grizzly bears and is one of the Earth's last safe havens for these great animals. In other parts of the world, including Western Europe, Mexico, and the continental U.S., grizzlies and other bears have been driven to extinction or are on the verge of disappearing. Grizzly bears still roam, feed, and breed in much of B.C., whereas in California, this majestic bruin is now only found as an image on the state's flag.

Grizzly bears are an essential part of a healthy ecosystem. Known to scientists as a "keystone" species, grizzlies support plant and forest health by aerating the soil as they dig for roots and pine nuts and by dispersing the seeds of the plants they eat. In coastal ecosystems, such as the Great Bear Rainforest, grizzlies and other carnivores contribute to the magnificence of the landscape through the way they eat salmon. During summer and fall, hundreds of bears congregate along estuaries and rivers to gorge themselves on salmon migrating from the Pacific Ocean to their natal streams to spawn.
Grizzles are messy eaters. As they drag their prey out of the rivers and into the forest, and as they defecate in the woods after feasting on salmon, they help to distribute the nitrogen-rich nutrients from the salmon across the forest floor.

Despite their importance in nature and their vulnerability to human impacts, grizzlies remain unprotected in Canada. Some provinces, such as British Columbia, allow hunters to kill this threatened animal for sport. The trophy-hunting season for grizzlies and other bears in B.C. will open in a few weeks, just as the bears emerge from hibernation.

The extent to which trophy hunters are killing grizzlies in B.C was not fully known until now. The David Suzuki Foundation recently acquired and analyzed thousands of kill records collected by the government. We found that close to 10,000 grizzlies have been legally hunted in B.C. since the government first began tracking kills in the late 1970s. Many hunters come from the United States and Europe, where it is illegal to hunt bears or populations no longer exist.

Our research also shows that trophy hunters are turning many of B.C.'s parks and protected areas into graveyards for bears that are legally slaughtered within park boundaries. We've identified more than 60 provincial parks where grizzly bears are hunted for sport, including Northern Rocky Mountains Park, Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Park, and Tatshenshini-Alsek Park.

British Columbia has taken steps to protect grizzly habitat by banning some resource activity like logging and mining in protected areas, but these measures are nearly useless without laws that prohibit people from killing bears.

Canadians have always revered the spectacular natural bounty that makes ours one of the most beautiful and prosperous nations on Earth. The prominence given to old-growth forests, salmon, and bears in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Vancouver demonstrates how important nature is to our national identity and our desire for others to see us as a modern Eden. Yet with this richness comes responsibility.

Ironically, the strongest protection for grizzly bears exists outside of Canada, in places like Mexico where they are no longer found. Canada's wildlife is worth much more than just being an Olympic mascot or a marketing brand to sell to tourists - or a trophy on someone's wall.

In New South Wales the Rifle Sportsman Association has recently been lobbying government to allow its members to shoot 'feral' animals in National Parks and shooting of ducks and flying foxes is still allowed - in season. Surplus animals bred for zoo stock have also been targeted for trophy hunting. The use of firearms for recreational hunting for sport is scarcely justifable in our 21st  century world where we now know better the interrelationship of species and the rate of extinction of many species.

Likewise in South East Queensland we are responsible for the feared extinction of our iconic koala. We are destroying the habitat and home of the unique koala to build housing and infrastructure for the expanding human population. While shooting is illegal some have escaped consequences for so doing.

Unless we protect the bushland habitats of the native animals, they will die out within the decade - as surely as we shot them in thousands last century.



350 Reasons We Need to Get to 350

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

350 Species are Threatened by Global Warming

350mosaicSaturday 24 October 2009 is the International Day of Climate Action. The Center for Biological Diversity launched a massive new interactive Web site today providing accounts of 350 plants and animals threatened by global warming. Climate change bills require deeper, faster cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, or we won't succeed in reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide to 350 parts per million, dooming these 350 species and many, many more to extinction.

Check out the website here . Of particular concern are the two turtles which inhabit the Pacific Ocean - Loggerhead sea turtles and the critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle.


Dam construction threatens lungfish

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

lungfishQueensland's attempt to build what it calls "Australia's greenest dam", is about to be put to the test. Green groups and local residents have long argued the project would result in serious environmental damage and one particular issue we are focussing on is the plight of the Australian lungfish.

ABC 7.30 Report from 5 October 2009 provided an opportunity for community , government and scientists to present their views. The only existing fishway in the world that's been designed for the lungfish is at Paradise Dam, and so far, that's failed to work effectively. Why would Traveston be any different? Burnett Water, the dam operator,applied to have the case adjourned - It will recommence Monday 9 November 2009.

Part of the transcript appears below from http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/ where you can also watch a video of the program.


Glossy Black Cockatoos on the Coast - and inland

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

Glossy Black-Cockatoos are labelled as Vulnerable in Queensland and Threatened on a National Level. Presently, little is known about the current movements of the Glossy's populations and their specific habitat selection.

The Glossy Black-Cockatoo is located in the South-Eastern corner of Queensland, Eastern New South Wales, extending slightly into Victoria with populations known in South Australia and Kangaroo Island.

Glossy Black-Cockatoos are specialized feeders of Allocasuarina seeds (Allocasuarina torulosa, Allocasuarina littoralis) and some Casuarina species (Casuarina equisetifolia). They feed from the seeds located within the barky cone. Allocasuarina species are frequent in the Gold Coast and South-east Queensland region. These trees grow throughout Logan and Scenic Rim Region. Allocasuarina littoralis grows extensively in south west Logan - an area targeted by state government and Logan council as identified future growth areas. Allocasuarina torulosa grows extensively in the ranges and higher ridges of Scenic Rim.

Total population estimates as of 2006 were less then 18 000. As of 2005, there was a declining population of Glossy Black-Cockatoos in Queensland, with estimates of population numbers being between 1000 and 2500. On the Gold Coast population numbers are unknown.

Conservation status and threats
All states in which Glossy Black-Cockatoos are located have been labeled Vulnerable or Endangered. The Australian Government has declared the status of the Glossy Black-Cockatoo, on a national level, as Threatened.

Roosting/breeding trees are being cleared throughout the South-Eastern Queensland region. Suitable trees for breeding are usually large with the presence of hollows in which the cockatoos can adequately roost and breed. Native Australian trees, like Eucalyptus Species, take a considerable amount of time to form large hollows.

Females can be told apart from males via blotches of yellow located on the head and neck. The head may also be darker then the male. Juveniles will also have a darker head with small spots on the shoulder or breast.

Glossy Black-Cockatoos feed on the seeds of Allocasuarina species with the Black She-Oak (Allocasuarina littoralis) being the favored Allocasuarina species. They have been recorded spending approximately 88% of the day foraging for Allocasuarina seeds.

Breeding occurs every two years with a single egg being laid in late January to early June with a longer nestling period then any other cockatoos (up to 90 days). Large hollow trees are needed for a breeding site and they are known to have a breeding life span that can exceed 30 years.

Dr Guy Castley from Griffith University is leading The Glossy Black-Cockatoo project which aims to assess the current distribution and habitat use of Glossy Black-Cockatoos in the Gold Coast area in order to ensure that habitat preservation for the Glossy Black-Cockatoo can be made with greater accuracy and ensure their survival in the future.




Australia lists Tasmanian devils as endangered

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

tasmanian_devilInternational environmental news sources report that  Australia's Tasmanian Devil, its population decimated by a facial cancer, was listed as an endangered species on Wednesday by the Tasmanian state government 21 May 2009. msncb.msn.com shows a picture taken on January 13, 2009 of a healthy Tasmanian devil joey (Sarcophilus harrisii) displayed as part of an intensive conservation programme, because of the spread of an infectious facial tumour which gradually disfigures the animal's face to the point it is unable to eat, at Taronga Zoo in Sydney.

Australia's Tasmanian devil is the world's largest surviving marsupial carnivore. This increased risk of extinction status change means that more resources and measures will / can be allocated for greater protection and recovery strategies. Numbers have declined by 70 percent since cancer was first reported in '96.

The deadly and disfiguring facial cancer, which often kills within months, has cut the island state's wild devil population by as much as 60 percent. The Tasmanian Devil faces extinction in 10 to 20 years due to the facial cancer.

"We are committed to finding an answer and saving the Tasmanian Devil for Tasmanians and the world," Tasmanian Primary Industries Minister David Llewellyn said in a statement announcing the change in status from vulnerable to endangered.

The Tasmanian Devil is a carnivorous marsupial about the size of a small muscular dog. It has black fur, gives off a skunk-like odour when stressed, and earns its devil name for its ferocious temperament and disturbing call. The facial cancer is genetically identical in every animal and originated from a single contagious cell line and spread throughout the population by biting during fights for food and mates.

"We are developing and implementing an insurance strategy which has established captive populations around the country, implementing wild management trials to attempt to secure wild populations," said Llewellyn.

Llewellyn said he was encouraged by the fact that some devils from western Tasmania had developed antibodies to facial tumor.

"While it is still very early days, discoveries such as this provide hope that the disease may be managed in the longer term and that devils with genetic diversity will survive it," he said.

 The story with more links can be read here at msnbc.msn.com


Rockford's Rock Opera - free online

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

rockford_rock_operaRockford's Rock Opera is an original ecological musical story for children and adults which addresses the most serious environmental issues in a uniquely entertaining and yet thoughtful manner. And it's proving a huge hit around the world. Scripted by BBC comedian Steve Punt, and with music by Sweetapple, it tells the story of the Island of Infinity - home to all the world's extinct creatures.

Rockford's Rock Opera is an amazing adventure in sound for adults and children. Part One of the story (six chapters: 52 minutes) is free! It features narration, read along text, characters, sound effects and music and is available as a free mp3 download and an audio stream.

Great to listen to on your computer, your ipod or burnt onto CD, this is a free audiobook like no other. The website also contains useful background information about the story (including key information and free downloadable teaching resources about extinction and ecology), how the story was made and the facts behind the fiction.

Visit the website by clicking on link to the left to access free book and lots of other resources, perhaps even buy some products. WWF is supported by this group.


Mt Barney Lodge Birdweek

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

glossy-black-cockatoo_sept08-07.jpgMt Barney Lodge Birdweek commences on National Threatened Species Day. This is particularly relevant to the local Glossy Black Cockatoo.which frequents the area of Mt Barney. This bird has a very restricted diet - only eating from two types of casuarinas in South East Queensland.

National Threatened Species day is  held annually on 7 September. The federal government site provides factsheets on many endangered species. Find it here http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/ts-day/index.html.

On 9-13th September there will be lots of activities to take part in at Mt Barney - a variety of professionally guided birdwalks, birding workshops, and an evening firedance spectacular.

Barry Davies one of Scenic Rim's internationally renown authority on birds will be guiding field trips. See LACA events page for more information about this week and this page for more information about our unique and vulnerable Glossy Black Cockatoo.


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