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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, QLD

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, QLD

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, QLD

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, QLD

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, QLD

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, QLD

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, QLD

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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Seabirds of the Sunshine Coast

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

About eight times a year, an intrepid band of birdwatchers heads out on a boat from Mooloolaba to the continental shelf some 30 miles offshore. A great variety of seabirds inhabits this area.  At Friday Environment Forum on February 11, Professor Richard Fuller from the University of Queensland will consider their diversity and life histories....

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A Place of Shadows Book, Phil Jarratt

This comprehensive history of Noosa comes straight from the heart of award-winning writer Phil Jarratt who has lived here for more than 30 years. In many ways it is a love letter to his adopted home, but the Noosa story is not always a pretty one, and Phil does not flinch from the harsh realities...

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“Piece by Piece” – Conservation and Development on the Sunshine Coast, Elaine Green

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

Conservation and development on the Sunshine Coast 1960-2020 Friday Environment Forum guest speaker and author Elaine Green will discuss this new release on February 25.  For the first time the development of the Sunshine Coast, including Noosa, is followed through six decades of ongoing population growth.  Campaigns to preserve natural areas have at times been...

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Noosa Oyster Ecosystem Restoration with Megan Connell

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

Over 100 years ago, oyster beds were common throughout the Noosa estuary. There is still evidence of those beds today. Unfortunately, by the early 1900s, Noosa’s oyster beds had become functionally extinct through dredging and overharvesting. This drastic habitat change contributed to declines in local fish stocks such as snapper, bream and mullet. The story...

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Birds of the Amazon, Peter Odekerken

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

Peter Odekerken has always admired wildlife and he worked with CSIRO Wildlife Research in Canberra when he left school in 1969. However, he worked on rabbits and decided at the ripe old age of 18 to go to Africa to hopefully be involved in working with African animals. This didn’t eventuate, but he ended up...

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At home in the Wallum

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

Former Noosa mayor Noel Playford will talk about Noosa’s newest community website Noosa Matters at Friday Environment Forum on April 22 and share his motivation for developing this site. Editor Ric Jay said: “Noosa Matters is a place for the community of Noosa to question and discuss where we are, where we want to go...

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The Wallace Line, John Lauritz

ALFRED RUSSELL WALLACE - Who was he and what is Wallace’s Line? It was 10 years ago whilst on a snorkelling trip to the Raja Ampat that John Lauritz was enlightened by a guest lecturer on board his sailing ship, who gave a series of talks about Alfred Russell Wallace – hitherto unknown to John....

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A Century Later: The Ecology of the European Red Fox in a Hybrid Coastal Ecosystem. – Dr Julie O’Connor

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

The European red fox is one of 24 mammal species introduced to Australia since European settlement and despite being the subject of widespread lethal control, it maintains an estimated population of around 7.2 million across Australia. While its presence is well known in the Sunshine Coast region, where it is also the subject of lethal...

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Current Status of Eastern Ground Parrot on the Sunshine Coast, Kieran Aland

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

The Eastern Ground Parrot once inhabited heath communities over a broad geographical range. It has been in decline for many decades and remaining mainland populations are fragmented. South-eastern Queensland is now regarded as one of the remaining strongholds for the mainland subspecies. On June 10th, at the Friday Environment Forum, Kieran Aland will provide a...

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Michael Gloster shares the story of Yurol Ringtail Conservation Project from the beginning

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

Government dignitaries and conservationists gathered at Noosa Council Chambers on Tuesday May 17 to celebrate a landmark partnership. Announcing that the project was now reaching its final phase, Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon said the Palaszczuk Government would now turn the 2400 hectares of the old Yurol Ringtail State Forest into national park, with major revegetation...

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Australian Wildlife Conservancy update and Curramore, Genevieve Deaconos

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

Australian Wildlife Conservancy is the largest private owner and manager of land for conservation in Australia, protecting endangered wildlife across more than 12.9 million hectares in iconic regions such as the Kimberley, Cape York, Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre and the Top End. Five important properties in Queensland, including Curramore (located near Maleny), are safeguarding some incredible...

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Pumicestone Passage Changes, Sue Aspland

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

Natural or Human-Induced Change: Chronology of the Bribie Island Breakthrough On January 2nd, 2022, waves carved a channel through a fragile Bribie Island and surged into Pumicestone Passage near Golden Beach.  The break has grown from a couple of metres wide to an estimated 550 metres wide, in the past six months. This northern tip...

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Carnage on the Flyways – The illegal killing, trapping and taking of migratory birds, Angus Innes

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

The international decline in the populations of many species of birds has generated concern and alarm over the last half century. Loss of habitat is certainly a serious and universal cause of population loss. This is far from the only hazard faced by those species that have annual migration as part of their life cycle....

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