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Did you know that the morning chorus of the magpie is considered to be the most complex song of any bird? At this time of year, with the looming threat of a magpie attack, it can be hard to appreciate this fact. Photo © Wildlife Queensland Between the months of August to November some magpies …

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This serious fungal disease continues its spread. It has now been detected on Fraser Island, a World Heritage Listed Myrtle rust on beach cherry (Eugenia reinwardtiana) fruit – heavy infectionPhoto © Biosecurity Queensland Property. Serious efforts have been made to eradicate this infection from the site. Myrtle rust can be spread on plants and cuttings, …

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Wildlife Queensland and its Upper Dawson Branch have worked cooperatively with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Bridled nailtail wallabyPhoto © Bluey Donaldson Service, Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing to establish the first Friends of Park partnership in Queensland. Taunton National Park (Scientific) is the location of this working relationship with a wildlife focus. …

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The Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) has been another victim of the LNP Government’s ‘claw back the dollars attitude’ that appears to be focused on many aspects of community assistance or benefit. The withdrawal of a $97000 grant without appropriate notice presents a major financial challenge for this independent community legal centre. Currently demand for assistance …

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Wildlife Queensland is pleased to announce the 2012 Brown Booby nesting with plastic in Swain ReefsPhoto © Krista Verlis recipients of our student research grants. Thank you to all the many students who submitted applications – it was great to see how many essential and fascinating research subjects are being undertaken. Here are the 5 …

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In the early 1990s Australia was a global benchmark for Photo © Wildlife Queensland ecotourism.  Recognised as possessing some of the most stunning natural ecosystems and unique biodiversity in the world, our tourism operators within these areas were showcased for demonstrating industry best practices to conserve these resources. But today, as the rest of the …

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Members of several conservation groups met with Hon Andrew Powell, Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection to discuss what the future holds for Queensland’s flying foxes. Groups included Wildlife Queensland, Bat Conservation and Rescue and RSPCA. ‘There is no question that the pre-election commitments of the Photo © Jenny Thynne new LNP Government will be …

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Following receipt of Australia’s report in January 2012 including a summary of proposed coastal and port developments with potential impact on the outstanding universal values of the Great Barrier Reef, the UNESCO World Heritage Commission took action. Photo © Meg Green A joint World Heritage Centre/IUCN reactive monitoring mission visited the property in March 2012. A report …

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By Christine Adams-Hosking Recently the Australian Government listed several koala populations as “vulnerable”, giving them special protection. As a koala researcher and conservation planner, I am most impressed with Minister Burke’s decision. It demonstrates that the government has respected and acknowledged the substantial body of peer-reviewed scientific advice that was provided and concluded that the …

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Hon Tony Burke, Commonwealth Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities recently Photo © Wildlife Queensland gave approval for the construction of the Connors River Dam and pipelines project as well as Moranbah to Alpha pipeline project. SunWater Limited submitted a proposal to construct and operate the Connors River Dam and water distribution pipeline(s) …

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