QNC Events

Please note that QNC excursions and meetings will be subject to special rules during the Covid19 pandemic click here and attendees must register by email (see below)

 Register for excursions at: excursion@qnc.org.au and meetings at: meetings@qnc.org.au

Type Event_Date Description Person/Presenter Information
Excursion 14/05/21 Cooloola BioBlitz Barney Hines If you are interested in coordinating or participating in this event, please email excursion@qnc.org.au, put BIOBLITZ in the subject line, and put details of what involvement you are interested in. The blitz will be held over 3 days Friday to Sunday inclusive.
Meeting 17/5/21 Presentation:
Dragonflies and Damselflies of the Gold Coast
Narelle Power and Damien White Narelle and Damien have recently published a field guide on the dragonflies and damselflies of the Gold Coast and surrounds. Dragonflies and damselflies (odonates) are becoming increasingly popular for ‘spotting’ and photographing. However, not since 2006 (Dragonflies of South East Queensland) by the late Ric Nattrass, has a local regional guide been published. The authors will use images from their book to discuss odonate life history and habitat. They will highlight the more common (and rarer species) present on the Gold Coast and more widely in the SEQ region. For more information please click on the hyperlink below. Limited copies of the guide will also be for sale by the authors on the night of the meeting.

Dragonflies and Damselflies of the Gold Coast

Meeting 21/06/21 Presentation:
Do Bilbies have a Future in Queensland?
Dr Paul Campbell Bilbies are the fastest reproducing Australian mammal. They are also ecosystem engineers, supporting many other plant and animal species through their activities. Bilbies once occupied over 70% of the Australian mainland but have disappeared from at least 80% of their former range. In Queensland, bilbies still survive in small isolated populations in the far west and are listed as endangered. The Save the Bilby Fund (STBF) maintains a growing bilby population inside a predator exclusion fence on Currawinya National Park, and a breeding and acclimatisation creche in Charleville. This presentation by Dr Paul Campbell, a director of the STBF, will discuss the current status of bilbies in Queensland and the Fund's plans to re-introduce bilbies back into parts of their former range.

Excursion 23/5/21 Upper Chrismas Creek Ron Carr Our day excursion will be to the upper end of Christmas Creek Road, Lamington, near where it meets Lamington National Park. The final kilometres of the road (from about 2900) are unsealed but easily navigable by 2wd vehicles. The Lamington Landcare Group have been energetic and successful in reclaiming significant areas of their properties from the Lantana and glycine weed infestations that have claimed large areas of neglected land. They now have reclaimed some beautiful stretches of creek bank with planted and some natural regeneration beneath the emergent flooded gums (E. grandis) which have survived the duration of the cattle grazing era. These are magnificent specimens that possibly took advantage of the earlier degradation of the original rainforest to establish themselves. The Landcare Group have invited us to walk the creek banks where convenient and adjacent areas where not convenient to share the experience and with a view to us helping them recognize any subjects of natural history encountered, particularly plants. Our hosts for the day will provide morning tea at a convenient location and we will provide our own lunches.
Directions in the May - June QNC News
Excursion 27/6/21 Mt Mellum Nature Reserve Ian and Chrissie McMaster and Gretchen Evans This outing is a reschedule of the outing that was cancelled in March due to bad weather. The excursion will take place on the private property of Ian and Chrissie McMaster, which includes a 100ha Nature Refuge on the western side of Mount Mellum. The terrain varies from flat to very steep, with sandstone cliffs and waterfalls in the deeper gullies, so there are plenty of options to test enthusiastic explorers of nature. About 80% of the property is natural bushland, on a variety of different soils, with black basalt derived soils on the mountain, sandstones on the western and northern slopes, and alluvial silts derived from both soils in the creek systems further down. These soils support a mix of subtropical lowland rainforest, wet sclerophyll dominated by flooded gums, and drier sclerophyll dominated by blackbutt and tallowwood. The varied soils and aspects mean there are lots of different plants, with about 500 species recorded here. Consequently, many different birds are seen here, along with the usual range of mammals and reptiles. Of particular interest are a significant number of old growth eucalypts with big hollows that host a population of greater gliders. Note that some of the outing will involve traversing steep slopes and in some places scree. However, there are options for those less able. The owners can provide lists of plant, birds, and pretty much anything else - except fungi. Members will have to ask Gretchen for advice on that one!
Meeting 19/7/21 Pumicestone Passage - What it was like, what happened and what can be done about it?

Ben Diggles: is a marine biologist who specialises in study of the health of aquatic animals and their environment.  He is a director of DigsFish Services, a fish health consulting company established in 2003 to provide aquatic animal health services to Industries and Governments throughout Australasia.  Dr Diggles has published hundreds of papers and reports over the past 30 years on issues as diverse as parasites and diseases of wild and aquacultured fish and shellfish, national and international biosecurity frameworks, pathogen risk analyses, fish welfare, fish kill investigations and environmental standards for fishing tournaments.  For more information, see www.digsfish.com


The pristine and highly productive Pumicestone Passage estuary provided sustenance and cultural services for indigenous peoples for thousands of years. Following European settlement in 1823, Pumicestone Passage remained a highly productive fishery, however by the 1890´s eutrophication and sedimentation from catchment clearing began to damage the oyster fishery, first signalled by loss of biogenic subtidal shellfish reefs in formerly highly productive "dredge sections". By the late 1960´s the oyster industry was in rapid decline due to emergence of QX, a disease process triggered by sedimentation and immune suppression due to chemical runoff from agriculture and forestry in adjacent river catchments. Throughout the 21st century decline of the ecological health of the passage has continued, signalled by accelerating frequencies of algal blooms and fish kill events. 

However, recent oyster gardening and recycling initiatives for the shellfish reef restoration trial at Kakadu Beach in Pumicestone Passage have raised community awareness of the loss of these ecosystems and the many critical ecological services they once provided, uncovering a groundswell of community support to reverse the decline. However, the Moreton Bay Marine Park was established in 1993 on a shifted management baseline which does not accommodate restoration of these critical ecosystems at this time.  In the face of relentless catchment development, only by a concerted effort to cleanse runoff and permit active restoration of underwater habitats will Governments and community be able to slow or reverse the decline of this highly stressed marine ecosystem.

 

Register for excursions at: excursion@qnc.org.au and meetings at: meetings@qnc.org.au

QNC General Meetings

Learn about natural history at our meetings with talks presented by specialists from the club or from various scientific institutions, and from members exhibits. Visitors are welcome

Where:    We meet at the Toowong Uniting Church Hall. This is located at 82 Sherwood Road, Toowong and is less than 200 metres from Toowong Village Shopping Centre, Toowong Railway Station & bus stops.

There is parking at 76 Sherwood Road for 12 cars.  Street parking is available.  Toowong Village parking is free  provided you enter after 6pm.

When: 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month, February to November inclusive

Note that each meeting will commence with the presentation by the guest speaker.

 Excursions

The Club arranges about ten field excursions each year to locations of natural history interest and tours of specialist institutions such as the Queensland Herbarium or museums. They range in duration from short, half-day local trips through week-end camps to longer excursions lasting from one to two weeks in more remote locations. Visitors are welcome on short excursions. 

Excursion leaders click here for attendance form.