Topic: Birds, particularly the Osprey

Guest Speaker: Pip Grant-Taylor from Osprey House

Pip will be regaling us with her extensive knowledge of birds, in particular the osprey.  Click on this National Geographic link to see some of Pip’s incredible photos: 

Pip also wrote and illustrated, “Talon the Aussie osprey: the ospreys of Osprey House”, a story of the first osprey chick hatched at Osprey House Environmental Centre near Brisbane.  It includes a design and instructions for a hanging osprey mobile.  An accompanying CD features two videos about Talon.

The BIEPA committee visited Osprey House recently and we featured it in our most recent BIEPA News.

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Monday 24 July 2017

Topic: Lyngbya – What is it? What causes it? Why should I be Concerned?

Guest Speakers: Greg Savige, Local Commercial Fisherman  and Andrew Evans, Environmental Officer, MBRC

We will be hearing about the long term research Greg Savige (local commercial fisherman) has accumulated on Lyngbya.  Also, we will have a representative from the Environment Dept at Council who will tell us how council has prepared for Lyngbya outbreaks.

This is an important issue about the health of Bribie Island’s beaches and the waters of the Pumicestone Passage.

Poster – July

Monday 26/06/17

Topic: Updates on Discussions from Previous BIEPA Meetings

(1) Updates on Prof Rob Capon’s work on designing a cane toad tadpole trap – hopefully, to eventually be sold out of Bunnings and his research into using cane toad toxins to control their populations.

(2) Sister Mary Tinney gave BIEPA a comprehensive explanation of the Pope’s Encyclical on the Environment in June 2016.  You will view a brief film, “Care for our Common Home” that is now available since it accompanied the original release of the Encyclical.

(3) We will be viewing the documentary, “Guarding the Galilee” which will highlight the impact the Adani coal project will have on the Bimblebox Nature Refuge – an 8,000-hectare property in the Desert Uplands Bioregion of Central West Queensland.  Members viewed the documentary, “Bimblebox”, at the April 2014 BIEPA meeting.

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Prof Peter Waterman (University of the Sunshine Coast)
Susie Chapman (Health Land and Water)
Stewart Pentland (MBRC – Director Planning and Economic Development)
Kate Isles (MBRC – Manager Strategic Planning and Economic Development)

It is now beyond dispute that the Earth’s climate is changing and that we need to adapt to this
change.

Guest Speakers will discuss:

  • Adapting to changing climatic conditions in SEQ
  • Climate Proofing Bribie – climate change preparation for this community
  • Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy

The Climate Proofing Bribie Island Action Plan that the Bribie Island community (facilitated by
Uni of Sunshine Coast and SEQ Catchments), developed and presented to MBRC in 2010 was
referenced in the presentations.
Update: The general meeting and AGM were well attended and everyone agreed that the
presentations were most informative. The Guest Speakers agreed to have their presentations
added to the BIEPA web site for your convenience. We thank them.
You can download the presentations here:

March Meeting

Guest Speaker: Linda Cross, Queensland Wader Study Group, Birds Queensland.

We all know there are many different bird species on Bribie Island (thanks to BIEPA’s publications, Bribie Birds” and the “Annotated Checklist”)

  • Have you ever wondered just how many bird species have been identified to date?
  • Have you ever wondered where are the best places to sight the different species?
  • And, have you ever wondered why there are so many species? What is so special about Bribie Island?
  • And, have you wondered who counts them all and maintains the tally?

Well, wonder no more. Linda Cross is going to join us to answer all our questions. Linda will show us some of the species that have been seen on Bribie – both common and uncommon. She will attempt to answer all your questions. Linda will share with us the techniques that Birds Queensland uses to document its bird counts.

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