To celebrate National Threatened Species Day, the Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee invites you to attend a 'Living with Wildlife' Forum on Sunday 7th September 2008 at the Albert Park Bowls Club, River Rd (Bruce H'way) Gympie. The Forum features a number of top speakers who will present information on species living in the Mary Catchment, and actions we can take or avoid to enhance and protect their habitat.
Downloadable: "Living with Wildlife Forum" Flyer
When: Sunday 7th September 2008 -
National Threatened Species Day
Time: 9.00 am to 4 pm
Venue: Albert Park Bowls Club, River Rd, Gympie
Entry: $11 per person includes morning tea and light lunch
9 - 10 am Morning tea
10 am Forum Welcome - Masters of Ceremonies, Cr Julie Walker and Cr Graham Engeman, Gympie Regional Council
10.05 am Photographer Raoul Slater - bringing birds to the back yard
Raoul Slater acquired his interests in bird-watching and wildlife photography through his father, Peter Slater, author of Australia's first field guide to birds. Raoul has spent the last 8 years converting his 5 acre ex-dairy farm block in Pomona into a haven for wildlife.
10.30 am Mary Starky, Qld Parks and Wildlife - living with Bats
"Are there bats in your belfry?" Mary will be asking. Well they won't be fruit bats or flying-fox who much prefer the comforting leafy canopy of a forest! Mary is involved with the state wide QPW monthly surveys being conducted in the area, and would like you to become more aware of this highly mobile, very environmentally responsive and totally engaging group of animals.
10.55 am Vanessa Bugg - bringing back the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly
Following on from the success of her book, Discovering Australian Butterflies, Vanessa Bugg is now a Corridor Coordinator with the Richmond Birdwing Recovery Network. Vanessa will be sharing information about this endangered butterfly, the recent decline of its numbers and habitat, about the native vine that it relies upon for survival and what you can do to help re-establish this spectacular Australian butterfly.
11.20 am Aquatic Life in the Mary Catchment - Danielle Stewart, Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries
Using her background in public aquariums and commercial fish farms, Danielle now holds a Fisheries Technician position with the DPI&F Freshwater Fisheries Research team. Although her work now is more fisheries based, working on such projects as carp control in Queensland, freshwater fish population dynamics and biodiversity assessments and the rehabilitation of aquatic ecosystems, Danielle frequently works alongside aquaculturalist's across the country for restocking projects and the development of new breeding programs for threatened fish populations.
11.55 am Lunch
12.40 pm Marc Russell, Conservation Partnership Program
Marc Russell has over a decade of involvement with Landcare, catchment care, establishing nurseries and propagating native plants, and a myriad of revegetation projects. Since joining the Gympie Regional Council in 2007, Marc's work has concentrated on the highly successful Land for Wildlife program, which encourages and assists landholders to enhance and protect habitat for wildlife on their properties. Whether you manage a large farm or small bush block, the Land for Wildlife program can offer advice and assistance.
1.15 pm Eva Ford, Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee ‐ living with frogs
Eva has been surveying and researching wildlife for the past 9 years, initially as NatureSearch Coordinator in the Wide Bay/Burnett region with QPWS, then with MRCCC heading up the 'Living with Threatened Species' program. This work has targeted our frog populations, immensely increasing our knowledge of their whereabouts and habitat needs in the Mary River catchment. Eva advocates that looking after the future of threatened species means looking after their habitat, thereby securing the future of a whole myriad of interdependent species and critical environmental processes.
1.40 pm Gabrielle & Craig Latta - turtles of the Mary
Gabrielle and Craig Latta's life-long fascination for freshwater turtles led them to forming the Australian Freshwater Turtle Conservation and Research Association (AFTCRA Inc.) in 2005. AFTCRA's main objectives are to undertake, promote and fund research projects and to prevent extinction of all Australian freshwater turtle species. Amazingly, six different species of freshwater turtle have been recorded in the Mary Catchment, including the endangered Mary River Turtle and the little known Snapping Turtle. You'll be surprised at how diverse they are!
2.05 pm Wildcare - caring for injured wildlife
Barbed wire fences, roads, cats, and dogs are some of the factors which cause injuries to wildlife in urban and rural areas. Very few people know what to do or who to call when they discover injured wildlife. Wildcare's Rachel Lyons and Paula Rowlands will provide information that may help you to save a life.
To reserve your place at the Forum, download the above flyer, fill in your details, tear off along the line and send with payment of $11 per person to the MRCCC, c/o PO Box 1027, Gympie, 4570 or call in to the Mary Catchment Resource Centre, Tozer Park Rd, Gympie during business hours.
For more information, call 07 5482 4766.
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