Sunshine Coast Bioblitz 2023

Sunshine Coast Bioblitz 2023

Sunshine Coast BioBlitz 2023

The Sunshine Coast BioBlitz kicked off in October 2023, taking place over three weekends and engaging 200 citizen scientists, 32 expert team leaders and four environmental organisations! The event series was funded by the QLD Government’s Engaging Science Grant, and proudly sponsored by Sunshine Coast Council, GHD, Ballistic Training & Solutions and Tree Safe Australia.

We’d like to thank all our sponsors, partners, experts, volunteers and participants for helping to make these events a great success!

13th – 15th of October

Hosted by Mooloolah River Landcare

20th – 22nd of October

Hosted by ECOllaboration feat Noosa & District Landcare

27th – 28th of October

Hosted by Barung Landcare

331 Species Total

9 Mammal Species

124 Insect Species*

*So far!

7 Frog Species

66 Bird Species

101 Plant Species

The Sunshine Coast BioBlitz 2023 was a collaboration between:

Barung Landcare

For over 30 years, Barung Landcare has brought together people committed to sustaining and caring for the magnificent natural environment along the Blackall Range and surrounds.  With an extensive retail and wholesale native plant nursery, Barung also provide natural areas services and property visits.

www.barunglandcare.org.au

ECOllaboration LTD

ECOllaboration is an environmental not-for-profit with 30 years experience in land restoration around the Sunshine Coast. Formerly Maroochy Water Watch, we have the longest standing water quality program in Queensland, as well as delivering services in natural areas management, citizen science and school education programs, industry training and environmental property consultancy.

www.ecollaboration.org.au

Mooloolah River Landcare

Mooloolah River Landcare is a registered not-profit Landcare group whose mission is to empower people to protect and restore the natural environment of the Mooloolah River Catchment. To help us achieve our mission we welcome volunteers of all ages; run a retail and wholesale nursery that specialises in native plants endemic to the region; run a Biocontrol facility to breed bioagents which help control environmental weeds; have partnered with SEQWater to help care for the Ewen Maddock Catchment; and run an assortment of citizen science programs and environmental workshops to connect our community and care for country.

www.mrl.org.au

Noosa & District Landcare

Noosa & District Landcare is an environmental non-for-profit with over 20 years experience in vegetation management and horticulture. We provide a diverse range of services including carbon offsets, ecosystem restoration, native forest establishment and environmental property consultancy.

www.noosalandcare.org.au

Our Experts

Alina Zwar

Alina Zwar

Kieran and Alina have combined skills and knowledge spanning over 25 years in the environmental industry with a particular focus on wildlife, biodiversity, education, and applied ecology (field). Our fields of expertise include fauna and flora surveys, wildlife monitoring, biodiversity assessments, and delivering educational workshops.

Andrew Franks

Andrew Franks

Andrew is a consultant botanist and arborist but his true passion is immersing himself into the microscopic world of the bryophytes (moss, liverworts and hornworts). Andrew has undertaken bryophyte surveys across Queensland. Andrew curates the Queensland Herbarium’s (BRI) bryophyte collection and is reasonably confident that he is the only consulting arborist to specialise in moss.

Ben Green

Ben Green

Ben’s been working in the environmental sector since 2003 in a variety of settings including local government, private consulting, not-for-profit and environmental management and compliance. Ben currently works as a Senior Ornithologist for a private consultancy specialising in bird work on renewable energy projects. Ben also works for Sunshine Coast Council as an officer in reserve management.

Dion Dior

Dion Dior

Dion Dior is an amateur field naturalist, Dion specialises in natural science illustration, nature journaling, guiding, and teaching workshops. In 2019 she founded the Noosa & Sunshine Coast Nature Journal Club. Dion is also a Sessional Instructor with the University of the Sunshine Coast in Naturalist Field Studies and Field Journaling Technique.

Elliot Bowerman

Elliot Bowerman

Elliot is a Ecologist who specialises in Field Botany. Experienced in conducting flora surveys in a broad range of vegetation communities which target individual species, threatened taxa and mapping regional ecosystems & threatened ecological communities. His background is in ecological restoration, implementing prescribed fire regimes and threatened species projects.

Jessica Raintree

Jessica Raintree

Jessica is fascinated by the natural world and is most happiest when out in the bush or underwater ‘treasure hunting’ for cool creatures such as caterpillars, fireflies, nudibranchs, fungi slime moulds and weevils. She has been running the Biocontrol Facility at Mooloolah River Landcare.

Joan Heavey

Joan Heavey

My love of all things botanical began at a very young age. I’ve been a member of Council’s Bushcare programme for over 20 years and am convener of the Noosa Parks Association Botany Group. For me, there is nothing better than being out enjoying our beautiful environment and all it has to offer.

Jono Hooper

Jono Hooper

Jono is an Ecologist who grew up on the Sunny Coast and he is passionate about Australia’s frog fauna. His work includes managing and leading various ecological projects where threatened frog species occur. He has been responsible for developing the offset pond construction plans for several large offset sites on the Sunshine Coast, which have successfully met the performance criteria. Jono has also volunteered with the QLD Frog Society for about 10 years and is currently the Events and Initiatives Coordinator.

Kieran Aland

Kieran Aland

Kieran and Alina have combined skills and knowledge spanning over 25 years in the environmental industry with a particular focus on wildlife, biodiversity, education, and applied ecology (field). Our fields of expertise include fauna and flora surveys, wildlife monitoring, biodiversity assessments, and delivering educational workshops.

Marc Russell

Marc Russell

Marc has over 40 years in environmental management. Experiences include growing and selling native plants, and seeds, establishing/managing 9 local native plant nurseries, small and large-scale revegetation projects, bush regeneration, ecological consulting, and working as Land for Wildlife officer for Sunshine Coast, Gympie and Fraser Coast Regions.

Max Jackson

Max Jackson

Max’s career has seen him in a broad range of roles from training rhinos to breeding Tasmanian Devils at a feral-free conservation sanctuary. Max also has extensive experience as a senior Field Ecologist and Wildlife Consultant, a role that has had him working in some of Australia’s most remote locations.

Nicola Jackson

Nicola Jackson

Dr Nicola and her team’s work is aiming to validate airborne eDNA as the next generation of technology for the cost-effective and non-invasive monitoring of koalas and any other terrestrial wildlife.

Nick Willis

Nick Willis

Nick has over 20 years professional experience undertaking ecological assessments for a broad range of clients and projects throughout Queensland. He is an accomplished field ecologist with extensive experience conducting terrestrial flora surveys within the diverse vegetation communities of the South East Queensland bioregion.

Ollie Scully

Ollie Scully

Ollie is a freshwater ecologist with a background in threatened species monitoring and conservation, particularly in Southern and South-East Queensland. His main obsessions are with frogs, crayfish, small-bodied fishes, and reptiles. He currently lives and works in Outback Queensland but his passion for the mountains and coastal swamps keeps him coming back.

Rachel Lyons

Rachel Lyons

Rachel has more than 20 years of experience in strategic planning, natural resource planning, wildlife and biodiversity management. She has considerable involvement in natural resource management program delivery management. Rachel is also a committed and well-known wildlife rescuer and trainer.

Robin Rowland

Robin Rowland

Robin is a PhD candidate at the University of the Sunshine Coast investigating the impact of living near humans and urbanisation on microbats. This project aims to locate microbat roosts in buildings, trees, and bridges/culverts on the Sunshine Coast to analyse the stress levels of the microbat residents.

Ross Coupland

Ross Coupland

Ross has been studying the wildlife of southeast Queensland for 10 years with a special focus on insects in particular. He has described several species of stick insects from the scenic rim region and has undertaken biology studies on fulgorid planthoppers.

Scott Burnett

Scott Burnett

Dr Scott Burnett has worked as an environmental consultant, university research assistant, and finally a technical officer with the Threatened Species Unit of the QPWS in Atherton. During this time, and partly resulting from his PhD studies on Spotted-tailed Quolls, Scott came to appreciate the integral role of the community in wildlife conservation.

Spencer Shaw

Spencer Shaw

Spencer has worked in the native plant, re-vegetation and bush regeneration industries for over 30 years and is passionately committed to the preservation of rainforest through various eco-restoration works but also through education. Spencer writes articles, presents on Youtube and is talks at events for a variety of eco-restoration and flora topics.

Vivian Sandoval

Vivian Sandoval

Vivian is an entomologist working with Fruit fly phenology and post-harvest research for the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland, Australia. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at Queensland Museum, doing taxonomic research on minute-tree fungus beetles from their collections. Previously she worked as a lecturer in Entomology and Invertebrate Zoology at the Federal University of Tocantins (UFT) in Brazil and as the curator of the Invertebrate Collection of the same institution.

Warwick Willmot

Warwick Willmot

Geologist who has worked with the Geological Survey of Queensland on geological mapping, resource investigations and geological hazards for urban areas. Bringing geology to the public and has written booklets and leaflets in a Rocks and Landscape series for the Geological Society of Australia.

Thankyou to our Sponsors and Partners

Emergent Level Sponsor

Sunshine Coast Regional Council

www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Shrub Level Sponsors

GHD

www.GHD.com

Successful natural resource management requires balancing the competing pressures of development and resource use with the protection of our natural environmental. This is a critical challenge with the increasing pressure of population growth, urbanisation and climate change, and the need for ecologically sustainable development solutions.

At GHD, we understand the inherent complexity of natural resource management issues and the challenges faces by business, industry and government in managing resources sustainability within a strict regulatory framework. We work collaboratively with our private and public sector clients to guide effective land management decision-making and to deliver practical and appropriate project solutions. Our focus is on the early identification and management of project risks and the production of high quality, technically rigorous and defensible documentation tailored to project needs and broader business objectives.

Ballistic Training Solutions

www.ballistictraining.com.au

Ballistic Training Solutions Pty Ltd is a Nationally Registered Training Provider (Provider no: 41097) specializing in the delivery of nationally accredited training programs tailored to industry and client needs.

We take pride in being specialists in the delivery of Nationally Accredited Training programs and traineeships across Business, Management, Work Health & Safety,  Conservation and Ecosystem Management sectors and assist in the development of industry focused programs.

We pride ourselves on our customer service excellence,  our attention to detail, and commitment to ensuring that your learning needs are not only met but exceeded by providing the highest standards of training & practical assessment services in the industry.

Groundcover Level Sponsors

Treesafe Australia

www.treesafeaustralia.com.au

Discover the ultimate tree care solutions with Treesafe Australia who specialises in solutions for the Commercial, Government and Residential Sectors. Let Treesafe Australia elevate your business or home landscape with their professional tree services.

From meticulous tree pruning that enhances your property’s appeal, strategic environmental weed/tree removals ensuring safety and aesthetics, through to arborist safety assessments and reports. Treesafe Australia will tailor solutions to your commercial or residential needs.

Soil Level Sponsors

Hollow Log Homes

ww.hollowloghomes.com.au

Hollow Log Homes has been a family owned and operated business for almost 25 years. Their passion for protecting Australian wildlife has been the driving force behind their extensive research into designing, building, and providing some of the most successful nesting boxes for hollow dependant fauna in Australia.

Fernland

www.fernland.com.au

Fernland is a One-stop Shop for all your horticultural requirements. We are a family-owned and operated business with over 45 years trading history, supplying a comprehensive range of products to the nursery, landscape and turf-care industries.

Our Supporters

This event is proudly funded by the Queensland Government Engaging Science Grant.

Platypus Monitoring

Platypus Monitoring

Platypus Monitoring

Running twice a year during September and April, platypus monitoring is our community-based citizen science program that engages local volunteers to help collect platypus data by recording sightings and assessing platypus habitats at three different creeks on the Sunshine Coast.

Platypus are highly sensitive to water quality and a keystone indicator of a health ecosystem.  A majority of ECOllaboration’s work involves catchment restoration via the re-vegetation of riparian areas and therefore, it is of great interest to monitor platypus as they indicate the success of our ecological restoration efforts.

This citizen science project has been designed to be repeated each year to engage the community and collect a long-term data set on these elusive creatures.

This project is proudly funded by the Sunshine Coast Council.

Adopt-a-Platypus

For an annual $70 fee, participants will receive an adoption pack; with funds going to our riparian restoration works to plant and restore critical platypus habitat in the Sunshine Coast.

Each adoption pack includes:

  • Certificate of Adoption
  • Soft Australian made Platypus toy
  • Protect the Petrie Platypus Wheelie Bin Sticker
  • Invitations to attend our Platypus events before the general public
  • Detailed information on our local Platypus and work we are doing to protect them & their homes

To apply, please email the adoption form to info@ecollaboration.org.au

Platypus Patrons

For an monthly subscription fee, participants will receive an adoption pack PLUS exclusive invitations to platypus and ECOllaboration events; with funds going to our riparian restoration works to plant and restore critical platypus habitat in the Sunshine Coast.

Each Patron pack includes:

  • Certificate of Adoption
  • Soft Australian made Platypus toy
  • Protect the Petrie Platypus Wheelie Bin Sticker
  • Invitations to attend our PlatypusWatch events before the general public
  • Detailed information on our local Platypus and work we are doing to protect them & their homes

PLUS

  • Priority access to our annual PlatypusWatch report
  • Invitation to our annual VIP platypus experience where you will be treated to breakfast on the river, special guests & presentations, plus a guided walk with a platypus expert
  • Invitation to our 2024 ecology conference “Conservation Conversations” where you will be treated to a whole day of environmental talks and workshops

To apply, please email info@ecollaboration.org.au

What is the platypus monitoring program?

Our platypus monitoring program is a community-based citizen science program that engages volunteers in surveying for platypus, recording sightings and assessing their habitats.

The information collected is used monitor platypus populations and identify what is needed to ensure the protection one of Australia’s most unique species.

This program also raises awareness of platypus in our local areas.

How can I get involved?

Our platypus monitoring program runs two sessions each year in April and September.

For all enquiries, please email our community engagement officer Trevor: trevor@ecollaboration.org.au

Registration openings are announced on our News page and social media (Facebook & Instagram) so keep an eye out!

Our Results

Sightings from our September 2022 and April 2023 sessions

Nambour Maleny Yandina
Sept 22 10 12 11
April 23 16 15 12
Total Sightings 26 27 23

How can I find out more about platypus in my local area?

1. The best way to learn about platypus in your local area is to head to your nearest river, creek, or dam and have a look! Signs of platypus to look for are foraging bubbles (bubbles streaming continuously in one spot), circular ripples, and burrows in the bank.

2. Visit the ACF Platy Project Website: The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) Platy Project is a great resource. Visit their website (https://platy-project.acf.org.au) to view the Platy Map and see the current and historical sightings in your area.

3. Join Platypus Workshops and Events: Organizations such as ECOllaboration, Sunshine Coast Council, Wildlife Preservation Society of QLD, Australian Platypus Conservancy and many more host workshops and events related to platypus conservation and research. Keep an eye out for events in your local area and consider attending to learn from experts and get involved in hands on conservation.

Frog Monitoring

Frog Monitoring

Frog Monitoring

Frog Monitoring

Our community frog monitoring program has been running for over a decade and has contributed data to national, state and local databases.

We monitor a range of sites that cover a broad range of ecosystems and therefore we are monitoring the habitat of a diverse range of frog species. From Giant Barred populations in the hinterland to Wallum Froglets on the Coast, you can help us.

You don’t need to be a frog expert, in fact, our Citizen Science programs are a great way to get the family outside and learn more about local flora and fauna.

We monitor for frogs throughout the summer season, so reach out to express your interest today.

Wallum sedge frog © Cameron Taggart

Giant Barred frog © Erlend Harstad

Tusked frog © Erlend Harstad

Report frog calls using the FrogID App

The Australian Museum’s FrogID project harnesses the work of citizen scientists to power frog research and conservation. Record frog calls with the FrogID app for scientists to listen and identify and help provide valuable data for the protection and conservation of frogs.

To find out more, visit: https://www.frogid.net.au

Our 2023 monitoring results

2023 fast frog facts:

🐸 97 volunteers
🐸 15 surveys
🐸 213 individual frog sightings
🐸 9 native frog species recorded
🐸 3 IUCN listed threatened species recorded
🐸 34% decrease in sightings from 2022

Proudly Supported by the Sunshine Coast Council’s grants program

Make your own frog hotel!

  • Arrange the pipes how you would like them to look in your container.
  • Scoop the soil around the pipes until they stand upright on their own.
  • If you are adding a plant, place it so that the rim of the pot sits just below the edge of the container.
  • Fill the rest of the container with the soil, rocks or river stones.
  • Fill the pipes and bowl with water.
  • Place in a shady spot away from pets -Your frog hotel is now ready!

 

Some common native plants suitable for frog hotels are: Lomandra hystrix, Common rush (Juncus usitatus), Bog primrose (Villarsia exaltata), Native violet (Viola hederacea), Frosmouth (Philydrum lanuginosum) [1]

 

 

[1] Wildlife QLD, How to build a frog hotel

Community Water Quality Monitoring

Community Water Quality Monitoring

Community Water Quality Monitoring

The Maroochy Waterwatch arm of ECOllaboration features the Water Monitoring Program. In 2023, this initiative will be celebrating 30 years of volunteer leveraged water quality assessments across the Maroochy River catchment. Locations include various sites along Petrie Creek, Paynter’s Creek, Stumer’s Creek, Eudlo Creek, Cornmeal Creek, Maroochy River and many other connecting tributaries.

Using our collection of Horiba U-52 multi probe analysers, our trained volunteer community network tests over 50 sites across the Sunshine Coast. Data, including turbidity, dissolved oxygen, and salinity levels, is stored and utilised for assessment with any initial concerns reported through to Sunshine Coast Council. Each water monitoring kit is calibrated monthly to ensure data accuracy and all quality assurance procedures have been developed in conjunction with the Department of Environmental and Resource Management (DERM).

The program is believed to be the longest ongoing citizen science project in Queensland and this is a testament to both our past and present dedicated volunteer team, supported by the Community Engagement Officer at ECOllaboration.

Voluntourism – K’Gari (Fraser Island)

Voluntourism – K’Gari (Fraser Island)

Voluntourism – K’Gari (Fraser Island)

The objective of the Program is to undertake community-based on-ground activities that support and improve key habitat and biodiversity in Queensland’s national parks and State forests. This project will assist in ongoing fire rehabilitation project works along the eastern shores of K’gari including seed collection, nursery work and planting focussing on the restoration of the areas most affected.

We have been involved with Queensland Parks and Wildlife to ensure the best outcome of this Program. We are collaborating with rangers and other organisations to deliver the best outcome possible to K’gari’s fragile ecosystem. The volunteers have been, cleaning areas that are infested with weeds, clearing tracks, conducting environmental works, painting signs, planting trees.

First field trip was held in November 2022 with more to come in 2023.