|Welcome to Wildlife Queensland Bayside Branch
Bayside Branch hosts monthly meetings with expert guest presenters, conducts a variety of workshops throughout the year and arranges family outings such as spotlighting, bushwalks, birdwatching and an annual cruise in Moreton Bay. All these activities aim to be both fun and educational. Members also participate in bushcare groups.
Our monthly newsletter Wildlife Diary and bi-monthly Koala News keep members and friends up to date with our activities and provide informative articles on different aspects of wildlife and habitat. Bayside Branch promotes community-based fauna & flora surveys, including curlew and dugong surveys and Seagrass Watch, a long-term monitoring program to map and monitor seagrass habitats. Seagrass Watch attracts a lot of interest from both the local community and government agencies and is proving very successful.
Another Bayside Branch initiative since 2011 is the Cicada Awards, a short-film competition for youth. Initially part of a larger project which took out the Minister’s Grant Prize and the Brisbane Airport Community Award in the 2012 Healthy Waterways Awards, the branch chanelled the prize money back into the Cicada Awards and with generous sponsorship from internationally renowned underwater cinematographer David Hannan, founder of Ocean Ark Alliance, the Cicada Awards continues to give young people a voice on environmental issues. Check out the Awards’ blog and Facebook page for more information.