Help our migratory birds by planting trees at council reserve
The community can help restore the endangered wetland habitat at Doonan Creek Environmental Reserve by planting fruiting trees this month for our visiting birds, including some that fly in from Papua New Guinea and other parts of South-East Asia.
The tree planting will take place on Thursday, March 17 from 8am to 11.30am.
Council's Manager Environmental Operations Chris Allan said birds were important for maintaining native forests through seed dispersal so there needed to be sufficient habitat and food to support them when they arrived at Doonan Creek Environmental Reserve.
"Council recognises that many coastal wetland habitats such as the Doonan Creek reserve are valuable refuge and seasonal feeding and breeding grounds for birds moving across the landscape locally as well as those travelling from afar," Mr Allan said.
"With the community's assistance we are looking to plant more than 300 plants, including a mixture of rainforest fruiting plants and wetland tree species for our local and international migratory birds.
"In particular, we will be planting more figs and large fruited canopy trees which were historically found in the lowland rainforests of this area."
Mr Allan said council was able to safeguard native flora and fauna and buy, protect and enhance environmentally significant land thanks to the Environment Levy.
"Since purchasing the Doonan Creek site in August 2013, council has invested on improving and building our knowledge of its inhabitants so we can ensure our management plans are designed specifically to protect the plants, animals and unique habitats found here," he said.
"A number of significant species were identified on the reserve, including two 'endangered' plant species, Lenwebbia species 'Blackall Range' and Allocasuarina emuina, and the wallum froglet and koala, both listed as vulnerable.
"We also engaged an expert ornithologist to gain a better understanding of what birds were using the Doonan Creek Environmental Reserve throughout the year.
"As well as identifying the site was important for birdlife locally and internationally, the independent study discovered that many birds found in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, such as the brightly coloured noisy pitta, migrate to the coastal habitats during winter.
"This tells us that we must protect the coastal habitats if we are to keep the variety of birds found in the hinterland and vice versa.
"The study also found that during the warmer months there are birds arriving here at sites like Doonan Creek from as far north as Papua New Guinea and parts of South-East Asia.
"The birds we see here depend on habitat protection in other parts of the world and conversely when we protect habitat on the Sunshine Coast we are playing a global role in also protecting birds in other countries.
"Some of the international migrants found at Doonan Creek include the channel-billed cuckoo and the eastern koel which has a very distinctive loud call marking the arrival of summer and the wet season rain."
As well as the planting session, the free Doonan Creek Restoration Day event will include a demonstration in habitat pile construction where participants will learn about their purpose and the animals they attract.
Morning tea and equipment for planting will be provided. Water will be available to refill water bottles. Sturdy enclosed footwear, gloves and protective clothing must be worn (i.e. hat, sunglasses/eye protection, sunscreen and long sleeves).
Bookings essential. RSVP by Monday, March 14. To book, visit the Community Hub on council's website.
Doonan Creek Environmental Reserve, Doonan
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