An update from the National Parks Association Qld.
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Welcome to the Spring edition of Protected.

This edition emphasizes the importance of nature to us – human beings. An excerpt from Richard Louv’s book reinforces the importance of nature in childhood. The article on New Horizon’s Parallel Parks initiative shows how the use of digital technology can bring nature experiences to those who are physically unable to visit our special locations.

Exposure to our natural world is so important that we humans are deploying new technology to ensure everybody can access it – as clear a demonstration as any why we need to cherish and protect our environment.

Graeme Bartrim – NPAQ President

2018 Annual Report

You can download the 2018 annual report by clicking on the magazine cover.

There is an additional memorandum to the annual report which you can obtain here >>>

Please sign this petition
and distribute the link to your member networks, supporters and friends.

OSCAR is part of the new SEQ Alliance that initiated this petition and we need the support of all our members and the community as a whole.

Community interests must come before the interests of developers.
WE MUST GET THIS MESSAGE TO THE STATE GOVERNMENT.

Click this link to open the E-Petition: 
https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/petition-details?id=2989.

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Council is hosting a couple of community workshops on flying foxes (with the rather obvious intent of putting out some positive info on bats to counter some of the negative experiences people have with bats in their areas).

We wondered if you can help us market the two workshops upcoming, using your email lists to members or newsletters, or your Facebook pages. You may wish to advertise the kids’ workshop in September first and then the adults’ workshop for November can be advertised a few weeks later. Up to you!

  1. Workshop for kids/families at CREEC, Burpengary
    Saturday 29 September, 9-11am
    https://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/general.aspx?id=174267
    FREE, bookings preferred

The Bat Man, Les Hall, has a lifelong interest in flying foxes – and will describe why they can be good, bad and batty. Come and discover what’s to like about bats.

  1. Workshop for adults at Yuraba Conference Centre, Church Rd, Eatons Hill
    Saturday 3 November, 2-4pm
    https://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/general.aspx?id=174964
    FREE, bookings preferred

Presented by leading expert on bats, Dr Les Hall, this balanced workshop provides information on the ecology of flying foxes, their unique characteristics, their importance as pollinators and highlights some of the issues relating to their increasingly urban habitat.

Photo attached: Grey headed bat feeding on banksia

Meet the world’s biggest fish – the whale shark.

Despite its massive size, it feeds mostly on plankton. The distribution of whale sharks indicates the presence of plankton and the overall health of our oceans, which we heavily depend on. Read on to discover more.

The whale shark is the largest shark and indeed the largest of any fish alive today. While the maximum size of this species is not known, they can reach the length of a school bus!

These gentle marine giants roam across the tropical oceans of the world, generally alone. However, large numbers of whale sharks often gather in areas with abundant plankton food—making them prime tourist attractions. Because whale sharks feed on plankton, they will travel large distances to find enough food to sustain their huge size, and to reproduce.

Their white spotted colouration makes these gentle giants easy to distinguish, and are popular with snorkelers and divers at sites where they gather off the coast.

However, the whale shark is facing big challenges today. 

These majestic creatures, which are an IUCN endangered species, are at risk from being caught as bycatch and struck by ships, and are still hunted in some parts of the world for their fins and meat.

Poorly managed whale shark tourism also presents a threat to the species as it may interrupt their feeding and sharks can be injured by boat propellers, highlighting the importance of responsible tourism practices.

To secure the future of this species and safeguard the health of our oceans, WWF is working to protect whale sharks.

WWF experts continue to study shark habits and gather information in the Coral Triangle on individual sharks by using satellite tags, sonar devices, and digital cameras to create further protection for whale sharks. In addition, we support whale shark studies to learn more about the population, their habitat use and migratory pathways in the waters surrounding Mafia Island, Coastal East Africa.

As the world celebrates Whale Shark Day on 30th August, discover how you too can play a part for nature and whale sharks.

How you can help

Whale Shark video

The whale shark is the biggest fish and shark in the world. These gentle marine giants roam the oceans around the globe, generally alone. However, large numbers of whale sharks often gather in areas with abundant plankton food.

Discover more about WWF’s work

Our mission is to stop the degradation of our planet’s natural environment, and build a future in which people live in harmony with nature. Find out how we aim to achieve this through our nine global goals.
WWF’s work

Monday 23/07/18

Topic: The roles and broader responsibilities of DES

Guest Speaker: Daniel Phipps and Katrina Wood,
Queensland Government’s Department of Environment and Science (DES)

POSTER July 2018Come and find out how the Qld Government’s Dept of Environment and Science is initiating a dialogue with grass roots environmental groups and working towards helping groups such as BIEPA address our local environmental issues and concerns.

Come and join us next Monday evening for a night of enlightenment.
Bring all interested friends and family.

Download the POSTER, July 2018

BIEPA Management Committee