8 October 2021

Join Wildlife Queensland’s Quoll Seeker’s Network and Noosa & District Landcare, along with expert presenters Dr Scott Burnett and Dr Sean FitzGibbon, to learn more about the ‘secret life’ of cryptic, endangered quolls and what you can do to help support them across the Sunshine Coast and Hinterland and throughout the Mary River Catchment.

When: Saturday 23 October from 9 am to 12:45 pm
Where: Noosa & District Landcare Rural Futures Centre, 65 Pavilion St, Pomona, Qld
How: This event is now sold out. But you can sign up to the waiting list at Eventbrite in case of cancellations or to be notified about future events.

Learn More About Queensland’s Quoll Species

The Mary River Catchment falls within the historical range for two species of endangered quoll: the spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus) and the smaller northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus). Both species are listed as nationally endangered under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and only sporadic sightings have been reported over the past decade.

Wildlife Queensland’s Quoll Seeker Network researchers are keen to survey local properties throughout this region for any trace of these elusive carnivorous marsupials, which are relatives of the Tasmanian devil and the now-extinct Thylacine.

New, non-invasive techniques, such as using wildlife detection dogs to sniff out quoll scats, coupled with observational surveys and wildlife cameras, are our best hope of ‘spotting’ these important native predators alive.

We hope to find individuals or populations that have defied the odds and persist in rugged or densely forested regions or within private property, so that we can say definitively that these dasyurids are not locally extinct in the region.

About the Presenters

Dr Scott Burnett has worked as an environmental consultant and a technical officer with the Threatened Species Unit of the QPWS and is now a lecturer on wildlife ecology at the University of the Sunshine Coast. A foremost expert on the spotted-tailed quoll, which was the focus of his PhD studies, he is widely published on topics including spotted-tail quoll spatial ecology and conservation strategies for endangered vertebrates.

Dr Sean FitzGibbon is a Research Fellow at the University of Queensland, where he completed his PhD in zoology in 2005. His research is aimed at enhancing the conservation of wildlife in fragmented landscapes, through improved ecological understanding. He has specialised in examining the behavioural ecology of many species, including quolls, using latest-technology devices such as proximity loggers, custom-made GPS units, sound recorders and micro-transmitters.

They’re joined by wildlife vet Amber Gillett, Quoll Seekers Jim and Ivell Whyte, and wildlife-detection dog specialists Russell Miller (from USC Detection Dogs for Conservation) and Amanda Hancock (from Carnarvon Canines) who will talk about the important role the dogs play in sniffing out quoll scats.

Amanda Hancock with Sparky and Lily from Carnarvon Canines

Quoll detection dog team, Carnarvon Canines ( Sparky and Lilly with Ecologist & Wildlife Detection Dog Specialist, Amanda Hancock).

Enjoy a refreshing morning tea, wildlife conservation dog ‘demos’ in the gardens, and browsing wildlife artwork and stunning quoll-themed jewellery by Amber Gillett.

Places for this Covid-19 safe are limited, so book online today to save your spot.

Have You ‘Spotted’ a Quoll?

If you see a quoll, please report it to Quoll Seekers Network and record your sighting on our Atlas of Living Australia Biocollect survey site. 

Stay up-to-date with the latest QSN project information and news on the QSN webpage and QSN Facebook page.

This project is proudly supported by a Queensland Government Community Sustainability Action Grant. 


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Written by Wildlifeqld