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

Aims

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

  • QGN is recruiting wildlife enthusiasts in Queensland to be involved with the network. Complete and return the QGN registration form.
  • As a QGN member, you will receive 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? Email it to us along with a picture if you have one and we may publish it on our website.

What’s new with QGN

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

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.

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A greater update – September 2017

An evening of spotlighting in Caboolture has yielded some unexpected results for the Queensland Glider Network’s (QGN) latest project, funded by the Society’s Greater Idea appeal. Team leaders and a gang of enthusiastic volunteers trekked to Sheep Station Creek on 14 September to conduct a preliminary survey of this area selected for nest box installation.

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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 ongoing monitoring of gliders in their area is encouraged. 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 the planting of mahogany glider feed trees.
  • 2008-2009 – a 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

Year Larapinta Holcim Oxley Beaudesert Road Greenwood Lakes
2011 Apr 5 5
2011 Aug 9 4
2012 Apr 9 18 5 2
2012 Oct 10 14 2 0 2
2013 May 8 8 4 0 7

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.

Larapinta Holcim Oxley Beaudesert Road Greenwood Lakes
39/40 30/30 15/16 8/8 25/45

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.

Nest Box Monitoring with QGN Photo © Maki Sumitani

Nest Box Monitoring with QGN
Photo © Maki Sumitani

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.

Care Net

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 teach glider identification through visual cues, sounds and spotlighting techniques as well as 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.

News and information

Newsletters

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

Forms
Publications
Species profiles

Acknowledgements

Funding: Scouting for Gliders received funding from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund in 2009.

 

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 +61 (7) 3844 1029.

Written by wildlife1ict