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All nine species of Australian glider are found in Queensland, seven of them in the south-east of the State. They range in size from the tiny feathertail glider, which can sit in a child’s hand, to the solitary nationally and regionally vulnerable greater glider.

The number of Australian glider species increased from seven to nine following the release of a new study[i] in July 2020 which showed the Sugar glider is actually three genetically distinct species: Petaurus breviceps and two new species, Krefft’s glider (Petaurus notatus) and the savanna glider (Petaurus ariel).

qgnlogoAims

The Queensland Glider Network (QGN) was established in early 2006 to support glider populations through communication, education, data collection, and mapping.

QGN aims to raise awareness of gliders and their habitat requirements. We want to improve community knowledge and interest in gliders. We hope to achieve by being a hub for glider conservation, research and information exchange in Queensland. We want to educate communities to enable them to support their local glider populations.

Get involved

The Yellow-bellied Glider Project

Yellow-bellied glider

Launched in August 2020, this project will research and document the distribution and occurrence of yellow-bellied gliders and greater gliders in South East Queensland, with a primary focus on yellow-bellied gliders. The project aims to increase conservation awareness for the uncommonly observed yellow-bellied glider and threatened greater glider with councils, private landholders, and the general public.

Research and monitoring

QGN’s role involves utilising simple surveying techniques including GIS predictive mapping, acoustic monitoring, and observation surveys to record the distribution, spread and foraging preferences of these two glider species in the target regions.

QGN will also engage with community members and private landholders that reside in suspected yellow-bellied and greater glider habitat in South East Queensland to encourage reporting of local glider sightings and provide opportunities to be involved in monitoring surveys.

Initial monitoring locations will be in the Logan and Ipswich local government areas where small numbers of both glider species have been observed. The project will later branch out to cover all of South East Queensland.

Community engagement and education

QGN will run a public awareness campaign to educate and increase support for the conservation of the species via:

  • social media presence
  • workshops
  • school visits and presentations.

Get involved

The Yellow-bellied Glider Project will be commencing a volunteer program in early 2021. If you would like to get involved, please email us at glider@wildlife.org.au.

Further information and updates will be communicated on our social media platforms:

Greater Glider Nest Box Project – Sheep Station Creek Conservation Park​
Greater glider

Greater Glider at Sheep Station Creek Conservation Park. Image © Jasmine Zeleny

In December 2017, the QGN installed 18 nest boxes in Sheep Station Creek Conservation Park, Caboolture, on Brisbane’s north side, to learn more about greater glider nest box use.

The project design included two nest boxes per tree (5m and 10m installation heights) on nine trees, including regular monitoring. Greater gliders were observed in nest boxes installed at 10m; no evidence of occupation by any glider species has been observed in nest boxes at 5m.

Thanks to the community grant funding from Moreton Bay Regional Council, in September 2020 this project will see the nine, 5m high nest boxes relocated into other areas within the reserve to maximise nest box availability for greater gliders. An additional seven new Hollow Log Homes nest boxes will be installed as well.

Installation sites have been chosen based on a series of spotlight surveys conducted by the QGN in April 2019.

Mahogany Glider –  threatened species recovery a long term and ongoing process
Mahogany glider

Infrared camera image of a mahogany glider. Image © Wildlife Queensland Cassowary Coast

Since the mid-1990s, Wildlife Queensland’s Cassowary Coast-Hinchinbrook Branch has been actively working to save the endangered mahogany glider from extinction.

In July 2020, Wildlife Queensland Cassowary Coast-Hinchinbrook Branch President Daryl Dickson spoke about her work to connect and protect Queensland’s endangered mahogany glider to an audience of more than 150 at a Wildlife Queensland Glorious Gliders webinar.

Timeline of work:

  • 2020
    • National Mahogany Glider Recovery Team continues to meet 3 times a year. A new National Mahogany Glider Recovery Plan is with the Federal and State Government and out for public comment.
    • CCRC/Wildlife Queensland Pole Crossing Lily Creek (temp capping of barbed wire after two mahogany glider strandings in two months)
  • 2019
    • Lemontree Hill Connection to Glenbora Corridor – CCRC/HQ Plantation revegetation and weed control.
  • 2018-2020
    • Wildlife Queensland Cassowary Coast-Hinchinbrook Branch has assisted Townsville Branch with glider identification on their Ollera Creek Mahogany Glider Camera Monitoring Project.
  • 2018
    • Wildlife crossing and corridor signage for glider pole crossings Kennedy.
    • Work with WTMA to speak for the mahogany glider in a video re threatened species information in the wet tropics.
    • Assisting CSIRO testing heat-sensing video cameras at Kennedy Glider Pole crossing.
  • 2016-2020
    • Daily ongoing 3G camera monitoring of 2 x glider pole crossings, Bairds Creek Glenbora corridor.
  • 2014-2015
    • Revise, reformat and reprint school Mahogany Glider Education Booklets – deliver to schools.
    • Design and produce Coast Woodland Revegetation signage and install at revegetation sites.
  • 2014
    • Meta-population, wildlife corridor and habitat mapping of the endangered Mahogany Glider Project funded by Wildlife Queensland/DES.
    • Paddock Tree Project – design and produce signage and brochure.
  • 2014-2018
    • Everyone’s Environment Grant – threatened species corridor, glider pole crossing, 3G cameras to monitor the crossing.
    • Revegetation and wildlife-friendly fencing, education and field days partnered with Girringun Rangers/CCRC/HQ Plantations/Ergon/Conservation Volunteers Aust/Local community
  • 2012
    • Assist in preparation of a CCRC – council planning tool “Mahogany Gliders in the Planning Scheme”.
    • Cardwell Golf Course mahogany glider signage, den box and revegetation.
  • 2011
    • Mahogany glider project post-Cyclone Yasi.
    • Post-cyclone assistance with emergency feed for gliders and cassowaries.
    • Branch representative assigned to the Disaster Management Team for the natural environment.
    • Den box installation, monitoring and report. Dr John Winter to assess usage after a disaster.
    • ARAZPA – Wildlife Qld Cassowary Coast-Hinchinbrook Branch replaced community mahogany glider info sign, Cardwell.
    • MG Bumper sticker design and distribution
  • 2010
    • Wildlife Queensland Tully Branch undertook the planting of mahogany glider feed trees.
    • Design and produce wildlife-friendly fencing signage.
  • 2008-2009
    • A joint project with Wildlife Queensland Cassowary Coast-Hinchinbrook Branch, EPA and Tully Alliance installed BMD/TMR:
      • 52 glider den boxes at Corduroy Creek
      • glider poles and rope bridges across and IP cameras at glider crossing points on the Bruce Highway
      • highway signage.
    • CCRC/ Wildlife Queensland Cassowary Coast-Hinchinbrook Branch Glen Bora waterhole revegetation project.
    • Ben Kanowski and Powerlink Project – liaise and assistance, mahogany glider population south of Cardwell.
  • 2007 – QGN project officer visited schools and undertook nest box installation.
  • 2002 – Mahogany glider education kit distributed.
  • Mid-1990s-2020 – long-term and ongoing representation on the National Mahogany Glider Recovery Team.
Flinders Karawatha Corridor Project
Nest Box Monitoring with QGN Photo © Maki Sumitani

Nest Box Monitoring with QGN
Photo © Maki Sumitani

QGN established an ongoing project in 2011 on glider population conservation within the Flinders Karawatha corridor. QGN’s role includes monitoring existing nest boxes as well as linking fragmented glider populations through additional nest box installation.

Each monitoring round assists us in tracking whether local glider populations are persisting, as well as the effectiveness of the installation of nest boxes as a conservation method. Other species recorded include common brushtail possums, short-eared mountain possums, lace monitors, pale-headed rosellas, rainbow lorikeets, native bees, native ants and red triangle slugs.

Community engagement and education

Our QGN presenters visit schools as well as youth and community groups to deliver glider education talks and raise awareness about the 6 species. In addition, our regular spotlights offer the chance to improve community knowledge and interest in gliders and their habitat requirements.

Latest news

New project to put threatened SEQ gliders on the map – August 2020
yellow-bellied glider

Yellow-bellied glider. Image © Sam Horton

A new Queensland Glider Network research and monitoring project will help to locate and protect threatened glider species in South East Queensland.

Read more.

Glorious Gliders: a Wildlife Queensland webinar – July 2020

Join Wildlife Queensland for a special webinar to learn about our glorious gliding possums and conservation projects to protect them.

Read more.

WPSQ shines spotlight on gliders at Logan event – March 2020

Wildlife Queensland’s Queensland Glider Network was excited to be a part of Logan City Council’s Conservations Incentives Program Celebration Day on Sunday, 1 March 2020.

Read more.

Nest box use by hollow-dependant fauna – December 2019

University of Queensland placement student Rachael Harris has been working with Wildlife Queensland and the Queensland Glider Network to monitor nest boxes installed within urban bushland in the Forrestdale area in Logan. Rachael shares some surprising results from her recent analysis of nest box occupancy data.

Read more.

Wildlife Queensland scores greater glider grant – October 2019

Wildlife Queensland’s Queensland Glider Network is proud to have been awarded funding under the Moreton Bay Regional Council Community Grants Program to help protect greater gliders in the Moreton Bay Region.

The $3,139 grant from Moreton Bay Regional Council will be used to provide nest boxes for the greater glider in Sheep Station Creek Conservation Park in Caboolture, Queensland, creating essential hollow shelters for this vulnerable species.

Read more.

Great glider project update June 2018
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Greater glider nest box monitoring. Image: Wildlife Queensland

Not only was it exciting to see a greater glider finally take up residence in one of the nest boxes installed on Brisbane’s north side as part of our Queensland Glider Network’s greater glider project, but a second greater glider was observed in a box in the same location just last month! It has also been encouraging recently to see sugar gliders nesting in three large boxes at a conservation reserve in Redland Bay.

We now have further evidence that greater gliders are willing to use nest boxes. Over 140 volunteer hours have gone into the monitoring involved in this project. Great effort, Team!

Success at last – April 2018

After four months of nest box monitoring and some seemingly disappointing early results, the Queensland Glider Network is celebrating the recent occupancy of a nest box in Brisbane’s north by a greater glider.

Read more.

Publications and information

Publications and merchandise
Newsletter archive

Please note, Queensland Glider Network News is no longer being published. Back issues are available below.

Species profiles

Acknowledgments

MBRC

Funding

In 2019, QSN was awarded funding under the Moreton Bay Regional Council Community Grants Program to help protect greater gliders in the Moreton Bay Region.

 

 

For more information on WPSQ’s projects, email or phone 07 3844 0129.

 


[1] Integrative taxonomic investigation of Petaurus breviceps (Marsupialia: Petauridae) reveals three distinct species, Teigan Cremona, Andrew M Baker, Steven J B Cooper, Rebecca Montague-Drake, Alyson M Stobo-Wilson, Susan M Carthew, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, zlaa060, https://doi.org/10.1093/zoolinnean/zlaa060 Published: 13 July 2020

Article updated: 24 September 2020

 

Written by wildlife1ict