All six species of Australian glider are found in Queensland, five 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 and regionally vulnerable greater glider.
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.
QGN is recruiting wildlife enthusiasts to be involved with the network. Wherever you live in Queensland, complete and return the QGN registration form.
As a QGN member you will receive a regular electronic QGN news, priority booking for workshops and opportunities to volunteer in QGN activities.
If you would like to make a financial contribution, you can support the work of the Queensland Glider Network through our adopt-a-glider program.
Do you have a story to share about where and when you saw a glider? Send it to Glider Tales along with a picture if you have one and we may publish it on our web-site.
What’s new with QGN
Who calls the canopy home? PART TWO – August 2015
Gliders in the spotlight
Gliders in the Spotlight is a QGN program that trains community groups to identify gliders and their habitat. By delivering workshops and teaching survey techniques, knowledge and skills are developed within each group, and encourages ongoing monitoring of gliders in their area. While experiencing an enjoyable outdoor activity that promotes nature appreciation, the priority is to collect data to assist in the conservation of gliders and their habitat.
Mahogany glider recovery project
This project is giving the Cardwell community, rangers and volunteers an opportunity to be involved in nestbox monitoring in mahogany glider habitat around the Cardwell area. Our local WPSQ Tully Branch is actively working to save this endangered glider from extinction.
2011 – mahogany glider project post Cyclone Yasi.
2010 – WPSQ Tully Branch undertook planting of mahogany glider feed trees.
2008-2009 – joint project with WPSQ Tully Branch, EPA and Tully Alliance installed:
- 52 glider den boxes at Corduroy Creek
- glider poles and rope bridges across the Bruce Highway
- highway signage and IP cameras at glider crossing points
2007 – QGN project officer visited schools and undertook nest box installation.
2002 – Mahogany glider education kit distributed.
Flinders Karawatha Corridor Project
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.
Nest box monitoring – glider occupancy
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The following table shows the nest box occupancy success measure. This is represented by the number of nest boxes occupied by any species (gliders, common brushtail possum, short-eared mountain possum, native bees and ants) as well as evidence of occupancy (leaf nests) over the total number of boxes at the site. This demonstrates the effectiveness of artificial nest boxes as a conservation method in these specific habitat areas. Greenwood Lakes’ boxes were installed within the last 2 years so are both increasing in occupancy as well as total glider numbers.
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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.
We run glider identification evenings and optional monitoring trips twice a year. These are free for members and $5 for non-members. If you would like to head into our Brisbane city office for an hour in April or October to find out more about our furry gliding friends, email our office for dates and times.
To see our video on nestbox monitoring, just click on the image above.
The Queensland Glider Network collects data on threats to gliders leading to their admission into vets, wildlife hospitals and care, in order to provide a better understanding over time of the dangers to gliders in Brisbane.
Data collected over the past two years suggests that the greatest single cause for admissions was gliders being orphaned – but without sufficient data about the mother; however, the leading cause of injury to the gliders was entanglement in barbed wire or a fence – an issue humans can assist in reducing through alternative fencing options. Closely following entanglement was domestic cat attack. This is another injury that we can reduce by more closely managing pets – and keeping cats in at night.
Through raising awareness of alternatives to barbed wire, and about responsible pet ownership, we can help reduce the number of gliders these threats impact on.
A very encouraging element to this data is the number of gliders that were rehabilitated (over 60%) and though combined percentages of euthanasia and unassisted death totalled approximately 37%, the rehabilitation rates demonstrate the positive impact of our wildlife hospitals, carers and vets.
For an ‘at a glance’ reference to carers in your area, visit our rescue and care page. In addition, data on threats to gliders leading to their admission will be compiled providing a better understanding of the dangers to gliders in Brisbane.
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.
Scouting for gliders
This project is an exciting program of educational and fun activities for scout and guide groups in Brisbane. A glider researcher and a science education specialist teaches glider identification through visual cues, sounds and spotlighting techniques as well identifying food and habitat trees. Nestboxes can also be installed near scout and guide huts so that participants can monitor populations and build on the skills they have learned. The program was launched in 2009 with Salisbury Scouts, the Gap Girl Guides, and Narangba Scouts, and we continue to work with the Scouts Queensland Environmental Commissioner to develop programs contributing to the Environmental Badge requirements.
Project resources and information
- QGN News 22 – June 2013
- QGN News 21 – March 2013
- QGN News 20 – December 2012
- QGN News 19 – September 2012
- QGN News 18 – May 2012
- QGN News 17 – February 2012
- QGN News 16 – November 2011
- QGN News 15 – June 2011
- QGN News 14 – February 2011
- QGN News 13 – November 2010
- QGN News 12 – July 2010
- QGN News 11 – March 2010
- QGN News 10 – December 2009
- QGN News 9 – September 2009
- QGN News 8 – June 2009
News and media
- Queensland Glider Network brochure. Contact us for your copy (free to QGN members)
- Australian gliders wallchart Free with Adopt a Glider pack.
- Guard Our Gliders poster series: squirrel, greater, sugar and mahogany gliders. Visit the product page here
- Feathertail glider
- Greater glider
- Mahogany glider
- Squirrel glider
- Sugar glider
- Yellow-bellied glider
Funding: Scouting for Gliders received funding from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund in 2009.
We are currently seeking more funding to expand the activities of the Queensland Glider Network.
For more information on WPSQ’s projects, email or phone +61 (7) 3844 1029.