Tuesday, 31 March 2015

March Wildlife Report

Island Life, Local Birds and Eucalypt Study.

Magpie Geese, Bribie Island.

I consider myself a 'summer person', but I have to say that for the first time ever, I am eagerly awaiting cooler weather. This year, we seem to be leaving summer behind only on the calendar, as the daytime temperatures this month have consistently

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

A Blog on Some Frogs.

The Naked Treefrog is often a light cream colour that camouflages it against dried grass and dead wood.

With South-east Queensland enduring such a warm and wet summer this year, people have been quick to notice the inevitable insect population boom that has arisen from these conditions. It seems that every week, there are news reports and press releases on mosquito issues and butterfly swarms, and social media is buzzing with complaints about ants and cockroaches inside houses. What has gone unremarked, however, is that this surge in insect numbers and wet weather has been great for another kind of animal around Brisbane: frogs!

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Suburb Guide: Mansfield

Wildlife along Bulimba Creek. Clockwise from top left: Tilapia, Eastern Water Dragon, Brown Goshawk, Common Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula).

Featured areas: (1) Yandina Picnic Ground, (2) Cresthaven Park,
(3) Sandringham Park, (4) Suburban Mansfield.
Image courtesy of Google Maps.

Located just 11 kilometres from the busy centre of Brisbane, Mansfield is a suburb that is very rich in environmental assets. Originally used for dairy cattle and sheep grazing, the district underwent a population boom in the 1960s when government-housing estates were established in the area. Thankfully, someone at the time had the foresight to keep the banks of Bulimba Creek free from development, helping to establish an excellent wildlife corridor through the suburb that has persisted to the present day.