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Issue 30, Fortnight of 18 April 2016

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Wednesday 20 April 2016
Evening with QPWS
Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium at 7:30pm


Saturday 30 April - Monday 2 May
Labour Day weekend camp - Sheep Station Creek

Sunday 22 May
Birding - at Pooh Corner Bushland Reserve, Wolston Rd, Wacol

Sunday 19 June

Birding at Dan Stiller Reserve, Larapinta

Saturday 27 August - Sunday 4 September
NPAQ Outback Parks Exploration

Community Conservation:

Saturday 23 April
Vegetation Management Project at Boombana, D'Aguilar NP

Calendar Dates of Interest:

15 April 2016
NPAQ’s  86th Birthday
16-24 April 2016    
Australian Heritage Week
18 April 2016
International Day on Monuments and Sites

22 April 2016
Earth Day  and
International Mother Earth Day

7 May 2016
Native Plants Qld
Australian Native Plant Sale

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New migratory shorebirds plan launched
The Australian Government launched a new plan on April 8 2016 to help protect 35 species of shorebirds that regularly travel thousands of kilometres to visit Australia’s shores.

The new ‘Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds’ identifies what else is required to strengthen the partnership with Australia’s regional neighbours including Japan, China and the Republic of Korea.

Each year Australia becomes home to migratory shorebirds such as the grey plover, red knot and common sandpiper during their non-breeding season. These birds rely on Australia’s coastal and freshwater wetlands as places to rest and feed, with some travelling up to 11,500 kilometres non-stop to get here.

The Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds is available online at:

Queensland Government commits $150,000 a citizen science project on the Great Barrier Reef
The Queensland government recently committed $150,000 to a citizen science project; CoralWatch enabling Queenslanders to help scientists monitor bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef.
Image courtesy AMCS

Dr Miles noted “CoralWatch has been doing great work in promoting healthy reefs through education, research and monitoring of coral bleaching around the world, and most especially here at home in Queensland.”

The Reef continues to experience heat stress, with sea surface temperatures remaining significantly warmer than average for April. Should the waters cool down soon, the better chance the corals have of surviving. The level of coral mortality varies, and is generally worse in the north than in the south. The most severe bleaching continues to be in the far northern sector between Cooktown and the tip of Cape York.

“The future of the Great Barrier Reef depends on all of us playing our part, from governments through to scientists, landholders and ordinary Australians who care about this incredible natural wonder” Dr Miles added.

You can read more about CoralWatch, a citizen science project based at The University of Queensland here:

Evening with QPWS
Please join us at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium for an ‘Evening with QPWS’ on Wednesday 20 April at 7:30pm.

Our special guest from QPWS, Anne Greentree, will present on the department’s
 new digital platform for engaging visitors, particularly those booking campsites. Anne will be sharing insights on how the department is using Facebook, the department’s website and a revitalised brand to reach a larger audience.

Also on the agenda is tourism operators and an insight into how QPWS is working in partnership to ensure positive conservation outcomes for protected areas.

Community Conservation Partnership Program
Interested in volunteering? Brisbane City Council is calling for volunteers under the ‘Community Conservation Partnership Programs’ as part of the upcoming National Volunteer Week (9-15 May 2016). The initiative aims to work with the community to protect Brisbane’s biodiversity and local environment.

If you are interested and would like further details please call 07 3403 8888 or visit

Last chance to win great prizes in the Annual Raffle
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Buy your tickets today and have your chance to win from over $9,000 worth of prizes.  There’s amazing four day walk experiences, luxurious accommodation, magazine subscriptions, a book voucher, tickets to the zoo, camping and outdoor equipment.  Tickets are $5 each, $10 for 3, and $30 for a book of 15.  NPAQ thanks all sponsors of the Annual Raffle.
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Are you interested in being an Activities Leader?
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