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As we reach the halfway point of turtle season we are expecting to see more hatchlings safely emerge from the sand and make their dash for the waves along the Woongarra coast. Since 2014 the Nest to Ocean project has been reducing the numbers and impacts of feral predators on vulnerable nesting turtles, eggs, and hatchlings. Volunteers are also collecting important data as part of the Saltmarsh and Marine Turtle Monitoring project, and the endangered white-throated snapping turtles have benefited from a range of activities aimed at protecting our freshwater friends.
Learn More about the impact of our turtle projects.
Calling all frog fans
In its 6th year, the Find a Frog in February citizen science program is asking everyone in the Mary River catchment area to record and submit their frog sightings. Keen frog finders have already contributed valuable information about 31 species from 550 locations. Every record helps improve knowledge on frog populations and habitats which supports better management of the environment and frog protection into the future.
Get involved in the Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee project.
Fox control begins
Fox control activities along the Burnett River and beaches of Moore Park begin on January 29, 2022. These activities reduce the predation of turtles, nests, and hatchlings by the introduced red fox as part of the Nest to Ocean turtle protection program. If you’re local to the Burnett River and Moore Park areas, be aware that the humane trapping and euthanising of foxes will be happening in the area. Contact Burnett Mary Regional Group if you have any questions.
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Fire Ant Locations
Find out if there are fire ants near you, and if you need to take action. The National Fire Ant Eradication Program designed a live map with all recorded fire ant locations in Southeast Queensland from the last 12 months, including those already treated. Help keep this map updated by contacting the program team if you suspect there are fire ants near you.
Find out if fire ants are near you.
World Wetlands Day
World Wetlands Day, February 2, celebrates the vital role wetlands play in a healthy environment, and the conservation of these fragile ecosystems. This year the focus is on the need for action to protect our precious wetlands, and people all over the globe are getting involved in events and workshops dedicated to wetland conservation. Find out how you can get involved in your local area.
Live from the CRATER
The Centre for Regenerative Agriculture, Training, Education, and Research (CRATER) has a Facebook page, Instagram account, and bulletin as well as a new website where you will find all the information on workshops, documentaries, local wildlife, scientific research, and new projects that are dedicated to preserving unique Australian flora and fauna through regenerative agriculture practices. Sign up today! https://www.crater.org.au/
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Give back during flood season
As flood relief efforts continue throughout Queensland you can get involved to help those in need. Givit, partnered with the Queensland Government, has information about how you can get involved.
https://www.givit.org.au/storms-and-flooding
Flood disaster assistance available
A range of assistance is available for residents, businesses and primary producers across the region impacted by the floods.
Personal Hardship Assistance www.qld.gov.au/community/disasters-emergencies
Assistance for primary producers and small businesses www.qrida.qld.gov.au
Freight subsidies www.daf.qld.gov.au
Disaster assistance www.qra.qld.gov.au
EnviroTech Day
Mark your diary for the annual EnviroTech Day in Gympie in April, a showcase of current and emerging technologies playing a part in reducing energy usage, saving water, minimising waste, and keeping our emissions under control. Email envirotech@gadsa.net to find out more or apply to host your own display.
Regen Ag Workshop coming up
Don’t miss the free regenerative agriculture workshop on 31 Jan 6-8pm, hosted by Slow Food Noosa Inc., Tarwyn Park Training, and Noosa and District Landcare. Learn about building healthy and resilient food systems, and how practices of regenerative agriculture can be incorporated on your property.
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A reminder for our fishermen
Remember to be kind to our marine environments when fishing, always buy your bait from a bait shop. Using prawns from the supermarket can introduce aquatic diseases into Queensland waters and damage local sea life.
https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/checkyourbait