It is fitting that the first meeting of the year for Scenic Rim Wildlife is at the foot of Tamborine Mountain, to discuss some exciting plans for 2011.
The wildlife of Tamborine Mountain harbours world-famous species such as lyrebirds and bowerbirds as well as lesser-known creatures such as feather-tailed gliders and bobucks, and magnificent but threatened species such as the powerful owl and the Richmond birdwing butterfly within its luxurious rainforests and tall eucalypt forests. And yet there is much that remains unknown as to the actual distribution of many of its wild inhabitants, and details of how well their ecological needs are being met. We would hope that wildlife diversity on the mountain remains high well into the future, and that developments for the predicted population increases be achieved in innovative ways that minimize environmental threats. Some species, such as yellow-throated scrub-wrens, have been declining, and the fragmentation of some forest areas could result in excessive in-breeding of small marsupials, lizards and weak-flying birds of dense understorey.
The January meeting, only the second so far to be held in the Tamborine district, will discuss how best to use the Scenic Rim Regional Council grant for this year’s WIldlife Expo (to be held in Beaudesert) and associated wildlife workshops (one of which may be on the mountain if there is sufficient interest). We will also discuss plans for fauna surveys by volunteers to try and determine possible routes of useful wildlife corridors (to enable genetic diversity, replenishment of populations after local declines, nomadic movements especially during lean times etc.) of gliders and other species.
We encourage folk of all ages to get involved in this, and would especially welcome some fit young people who don’t mind climbing steep slopes and possibly camping overnight in various parts of the Scenic Rim, including Tamborine Mountain, and are keen to learn more about the animals that live so close to us but are a bit tricky about showing themselves. The meeting will be held at the home of our secretary, Sandra Rose, in North Tamborine. If you would like to attend and be a part of the action right from the start, please contact Ronda Green, chair of Scenic Rim Wildlife, at email@example.com (for further details visit the Scenic Rim Wildlife Organisation website and also visit us on Facebook)
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