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Issue 40, Fortnight of 19 September 2016
Image: Sundews in rock crevice at Girraween National Park – J Rice

Are we blind to plants when it comes to conservation?
NPAQ aims to educate and keep our members and supporters informed about native fauna AND flora. All threatened species deserve our care and attention.
What do you think? Are we blind to the plight of plants? Read more…
Image: NPAQ stall at Threatened Species Day 2016, Queen Street Mall, Brisbane.
Image: National Parks Minister Dr Steven Miles (centre) with NPAQ staff and volunteers – NPAQ
National Threatened Species Day
On Wednesday 7th September, NPAQ joined other wildlife and conservation groups to mark National Threatened Species Day.
NPAQ would like to say thank you to Minister Miles and all of the lovely folk who came along to show their support on Threatened Species Day!
We had a great day and hope you did too.
Image: The Grand Canyon, Pete McBride via National Geographic magazine,

Are we losing the Grand Canyon?
In this article from National Geographic magazine, one of the United States most recognised National Parks is under threat of development. The author details their experience traversing the Grand Canyon, and the current development pressures to make money from  the Canyon such as a retail and food complex and tramway to the base of the canyon.  Read more…
Nature is being renamed ‘natural capital’ – but is it really the planet that will profit?
The four-yearly World Conservation Congress of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature has just taken place in Hawai’i. The congress is the largest global meeting on nature’s conservation. This year a controversial motion was debated regarding incorporating the language and mechanisms of “natural capital” into IUCN policy.
But what is “natural capital”? And why use it to refer to “nature”? Read more…
Notice of NPAQ Annual General Meeting and Annual Awards Presentation

Date:  Wednesday 21st September 2016
Time:  7:30pm
Location:  Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium
The AGM will commence at 7.30pm. This will be followed by the Annual Awards evening including a presentation on the history of NPAQ, the Romeo Lahey Awards, and the dedication of the Ruth Read Historical Collection. Refreshments and a light supper will be provided. Read more

The AGM Agenda and NPAQ Proxy Form are also available for download.
Phone calls requesting donations for protecting national parks

We are aware that members of the public have been receiving phone calls requesting donations towards protecting national parks. We believe this to be an initiative of the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife.  

We are not currently fundraising by telephone at National Parks Association Queensland.

If you have any concerns please contact the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife on (02) 9221 1949
Wednesday 19 October 2016
Romeo Lahey Lecture
Guest speaker yet to be confirmed
Please note there will be a door charge to cover expenses and supper.
Sunday 25 September
Bird Activity at Karawatha Forest

Sunday 23 October
Bird Activity at Anstead Bushland Reserve
Sunday 23 October
Clif Bell Memorial Picnic at Anstead Bushland Reserve

Community Conservation:
24 September 2016
Vegetation Management Project at Jolly's Lookout, D'Aguilar NP

17 to 23 October 2016
Aussie Backyard Bird Count
To get involved all you need is 20 minutes, your favourite outdoor space, and some keen eyesight.
28th November to 4th December 2016
Fraser Island BioBlitz
Beach to Boomanjin and Birrabeen
Organized by the Fraser Island Defenders Organisation
This BioBlitz offers opportunities and a fun way to explore and learn more about such a special place and the many fascinating species that inhabit it.  The BioBlitz will be a comprehensive stocktake of the living natural resources of this a very representative part Fraser Island (K’Gari).
For further details visit the Fraser Island Defenders Website
Wildlife Spotter
Become a citizen scientist and assist researchers by looking for animals in wilderness photos taken by automated cameras around Australia. Anyone can join in and you can do it all online.

The Australian Bird Feeding and Watering Study
Dates of Interest:
22 September 2016
World Car Free Day
3 October 2016
World Habitat Day
4 October 2016
World Animal Day
4 to 10 October 2016
World Space Week
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