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“The Private and Communal Life of Trees” Paul Ryan

Noosa Parks Association Environment Centre 5 Wallace Drive, Wallace Park,, Noosaville

Guest speaker Paul Ryan will explain how trees function as individuals; their physiognomy; vascular  system, nutrition and hormones. He will then consider how trees function in a community having  symbiotic relationships with other trees, fungi, bacteria, insects and fauna.  This is the final forum at the Environment Centre for 2020. Register to attend The forum...

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Birdscaping our gardens

Noosa Parks Association Environment Centre 5 Wallace Drive, Wallace Park,, Noosaville

Come and learn about the importance of creating a garden for birds and other wildlife and how
to achieve it!

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Paul Hilton’s work against extinction

International award-winning conservation photojournalist Paul Hilton is usually travelling the world on assignments and campaigns, but fortunately for the Friday Environment Forum audience on February 26, border closures have kept him at home in Peregian.  Paul will share his love of wildlife and underwater photography, which has been the subject of his many awards, and...

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The Effect of Fire on K’gari and other Australian Landscapes with Rod Fensham, Queensland Herbarium and University of Queensland

Noosa Parks Association Environment Centre 5 Wallace Drive, Wallace Park,, Noosaville

In 2019, Australia experienced the most extensive forest fires since European settlement and then in 2020, half of K’gari (Fraser Island) was burnt. There is a perception fed by the Australian media that these fires ‘destroy bushland’. On March 12th Rod Fensham, an Associate Professor with the School of Biological Sciences at the University of...

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‘Wild about Noosa’ Tony Wellington

Noosa Parks Association Environment Centre 5 Wallace Drive, Wallace Park,, Noosaville

At Noosa Park Association’s Friday Environment Forum on March 26, author, photographer and former Noosa Mayor Tony Wellington will be talking about his new photographic book detailing local wildlife titled ‘Wild About Noosa’.  He will explain how he went about capturing the images and why he is in thrall with non-human critters. He will also...

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ClimateWatch with Dr Lisa Ryan

Noosa Parks Association Environment Centre 5 Wallace Drive, Wallace Park,, Noosaville

What is ClimateWatch? How can you be involved in this important program? Dr Lisa Ryan, an Environmental Education Officer with Sunshine Coast Council and an Adjunct Research Fellow with the Sustainability Research Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast, will present an overview of the ambitious and important ClimateWatch program. ClimateWatch is a citizen...

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Sunshine Coast Dune Research – Brittany Elliott & Ben Gilby, USC

Noosa Parks Association Environment Centre 5 Wallace Drive, Wallace Park,, Noosaville

Brittany Elliot and Dr Ben Gilby from the University of the Sunshine Coast will be sharing their findings of coastal beach dune research on April 23. The work has important implications for coastal dune restoration and the potential to assist local councils and environmental groups better target sites and plants for rehabilitation. The aim of...

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The Anthropocene – Causes, Consequences and Solutions

Graeme Sait, the co-founder and CEO of Nutri-Tech Solutions, is an author/educator responsible for over 300 published articles and a popular book, “Nutrition Rules!”. He is an internationally sought-after speaker, specialising in soil, plant, animal and human health and wellness. This has led to an emphasis on planetary health, in recognition of the link between...

Latest Sunshine Coast Environment Council (SCEC) campaigns including World Environment Day – Natalie Frost

Noosa Parks Association Environment Centre 5 Wallace Drive, Wallace Park,, Noosaville

World Environment Day Festival 2021 Be part of #GenerationRestoration and join the Sunshine Coast Environment Council (SCEC) in launching World Environment Day Festival 2021! This year's theme is ecosystem restoration, and they are taking people on a journey throughout ecosystems across the Sunshine Coast. Natalie Frost, WED Festival Coordinator says “This is the first year...

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Yandina Creek Wetlands and the Blue Heart Initiative – Judith Hoyle

Noosa Parks Association Environment Centre 5 Wallace Drive, Wallace Park,, Noosaville

It is with great anticipation that Judith Hoyle will be the guest presenter at NPA’s Friday Forum on June 11th. Judith became an avid birdwatcher in her 20’s and is now the driving force behind the efforts to save Toondah Harbour from development. Of that campaign she says, ‘With the backing of my committee and...

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Noosa Council progress toward Zero Emissions – Annie Nolan

Annie Nolan is Noosa Council’s Carbon Reduction Officer.  For the past 4 years Annie has been implementing Noosa Council’s Strategy to achieve net zero emissions for Council by 2026.   During this time Ms Nolan has project managed the implementation of capital projects including the installation of over 600kW of solar PV across Council buildings...

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Days of our Hives – Michelle Gleeson

Noosa Parks Association Environment Centre 5 Wallace Drive, Wallace Park,, Noosaville

Don’t miss this opportunity to see and hear an expert in their field explain the miniature world in an easy to understand manner.  Author and presenter Michelle Gleeson (a.k.a. the Bug Lady) is the guest speaker at Friday Environment Forum on July 16. Insects have roamed our planet for nearly 400 million years. During this...

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Ancient Mariners of the Sunshine Coast Kate Hofmeister, Conservation Officer, SCC

Noosa Parks Association Environment Centre 5 Wallace Drive, Wallace Park,, Noosaville

Are you intrigued by the turtles who continuously return to the Sunshine Coast? Don’t miss Kate Hofmeister who is the co-ordinator of TurtleCare Sunshine Coast, a large citizen science program that delivers important conservation and research on a breeding population of critically endangered loggerhead turtles. This program runs in partnership with the State Government’s Queensland...

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Citizen Science on the Great Barrier Reef, Di Shun Wah

Noosa Parks Association Environment Centre 5 Wallace Drive, Wallace Park,, Noosaville

Like all the world’s coral reefs, the Great Barrier Reef is under threat. Citizen science dramatically increases the amount of data available providing managers with valuable information to better inform decisions. At Friday Environment Forum on August 13, Di Shun Wah will share her experiences on a recent citizen science expedition which was partnered by...

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Planning for our Biking Future

Noosa Parks Association Environment Centre 5 Wallace Drive, Wallace Park,, Noosaville

Noosa Shire Council has a vision of an efficient, free flowing, innovative transport system that enhances resident and visitor experiences which would result in sustainable environmental outcomes. Promotion of electric bikes (e-bikes) amongst a broader cycling-based behaviour change will be the focus of Renee Black’s talk at the next Friday Environment Forum at the NPA...

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Environmental Benefits of Insect Consumption Rocio Ponce Reyes, CSIRO

Noosa Parks Association Environment Centre 5 Wallace Drive, Wallace Park,, Noosaville

With current environmentally-damaging food systems, struggling to produce enough nutritious food for the world’s growing population, scientists are exploring alternative protein sources. Edible insects are a promising option. They are highly diverse with more than 2,100 edible species, highly nutritious being rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and other micronutrients, and have a low environmental...

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Christmas Island – an Attenborough paradise with Jessica Drake

Noosa Parks Association Environment Centre 5 Wallace Drive, Wallace Park,, Noosaville

Technically part of Australia but a long way from it, Christmas Island is a natural wonder and its unique fauna have been the subject of more than one Sir David Attenborough documentary. Jessica, a wildlife specialist and photographer, will take you on the journey that she took to view the spectacular annual Red Crab migration...

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Food and Fire: The Effect of Fire on Glossy Black-Cockatoo Feeding Habitat with Alex Western

Noosa Parks Association Environment Centre 5 Wallace Drive, Wallace Park,, Noosaville

The glossy black-cockatoo Calyptorhynchus lathami is an iconic but threatened bird species, admired by many for their beauty and unique behaviour. Climate change and inappropriate fire regimes are major drivers of decline in threatened species, and the glossy black-cockatoo, being a habitat specialist, is likely to be vulnerable to such changes. Alex Western, an ecologist/geologist,...

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Protecting the Platypus with Tamielle Brunt

Noosa Parks Association Environment Centre 5 Wallace Drive, Wallace Park,, Noosaville

The platypus is an amazing monotreme, but little is known about where they specifically live. Tamielle Brunt, a PhD Candidate at the University of Queensland is studying platypus populations within south-east Queensland. She is also an assistant project officer at the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland (WPSQ), running their PlatypusWatch Network. This network aims to...

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Paradise Parrot-some reflections on the centenary of its discovery with Russell McGregor

Noosa Parks Association Environment Centre 5 Wallace Drive, Wallace Park,, Noosaville

December 11th, 2021 marks the one-hundredth anniversary of the rediscovery of the Paradise Parrot by Cyril Jerrard of Gayndah. So it is timely to reflect on the bird’s terrible fate. For several decades before Jerrard’s sighting, the species was feared to be extinct. Its rediscovery raised hopes for its survival, but its resurrection was brief....

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