Here are some suggested topics we can theme lectures and workshops around. Talk to us about your specific needs.
We tend to take flying foxes for granted in South East Queensland. This activity introduces students to the three local species of SEQ flying foxes and discusses some of the amazing features they possess. We also discuss the population crash which local flying fox populations are currently experiencing, and the positive role bats play in the environment through pollination and seed dispersal in our forests.
Endangered and Threatened Species
This is a chance to meet some of Australia’s rare, threatened and endangered species such as the Northern Bettong, Long nosed Potoroo, Plains Mouse, Fig Parrot, Tiwi Isle. Masked Owl, Mary River, Pig nosed and Snapping Turtles, Rough scaled Python and more. This topic discusses the various levels of threat, major threatening processes and what is, or could be done to conserve these species. It invites students to get involved through a number of practical initiatives.
Finding evidence of animals can be intriguing, having skills and tools to identify the source of sounds, scents, scats, skulls, tracks, skins, feathers, etc. will provide an ability to quickly assess whether a species is present in a particular area. These skills are important for people undertaking fauna and biodiversity surveys, pre clearing assessments and spotter catcher activities.
SEQ has the greatest diversity of snake species in Australia (56 species) and is also home to most of the worlds most venomous snakes. Being able to identify these animals is important particularly for those working outdoors and in the bush. An understanding of risk management and safety around these animals is critical and could save a life. Seeing these reptiles close-up (in safety) and learning about their distribution, behavior and risk is a unique opportunity.
Reptile and Frog Identification
The diversity of reptiles and amphibians in SEQ is often overwhelming with well over 120 species, there are many ‘look-alikes’ and closely related species, including a high number of lizards that look like snakes. Seeing a wide range of species up close and understanding the techniques used to identify them will help make sense of these reptiles and provide useful skills for those working in the field.
Creatures of the Night
Many of Australia animals are nocturnal, they're active under the cover of darkness, avoiding the heat of the day. Meet a selection of rarely seen wildlife and discover the bush after dark. Learn about curlews, owls and frogmouths, gliders, bettongs, a whole range of reptiles and of course frogs.
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