Celebrating 25 Years as a Ramsar site.
Deception Bay, 10am-2pm Sunday 21st October.

Attached is a poster with information about this wonderful Expo,
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Bribie Island Fauna and Flora Sanctuaryto be held in Deception Bay 10am – 2pm, Sunday 21st October and initiated by the Redcliffe Environmental Forum.
The MORETON BAY WETLAND EXPO is celebrating the 25 years Moreton Bay has been protected under the International Ramsar Convention on Wetlands signed by Australia in 1993.
BIEPA will have a stall at this event, so come and visit us and join in the celebrations.
Moreton Bay was made, “A Ramsar Site designated to be of international importance under the Ramsar Convention” in 1993. http://www.environment.gov.au/water/wetlands/ramsar.  Australian Ramsar Wetlands sites have been listed on Ramsar since 1975, but until 1993, Queensland was the only State that had no protected Ramsar sites.
On 7th February 1993, the Hon. Molly Robson, MLA, Minister for Environment and Heritage in the Queensland Government issued a Media Statement (see attached), excerpts of which are:
-“Two of Queensland’s most significant wetlands will be submitted to the Federal Government for listing as internationally important following tomorrow’s State Cabinet meeting in Townsville, Environment and Heritage Minister Molly Robson announced today”
-However, oddly, Hon Molly Robson, continues in the 1993 Media Release: “These listings will not require any change to current administrative or management arrangements and will have no financial implications.”
Fast forward 25 years and it appears there remain no changes to 1993 administrative or management arrangements and no financial investments have been made to manage what has become unsustainable and inappropriate development, tourism and recreational use of the internationally protected Moreton Bay Marine Park in which Bribie Island boasts to visitors and residents at the entrance to the Bribie bridge – “Welcome to Bribie Island, A Flora and Fauna Sanctuary”. (see attached)
The MORETON BAY WETLAND EXPO will highlight the importance of protecting Moreton Bay as a Ramsar site of international importance and what we all, as individuals, can do to ensure that protection. (See attached EVENTS PROGRAM)
We look forward to seeing you in Deception Bay on Sunday 21st October.
Ramsar Doc 1
Ramsar Doc 2
AUSSIE BACKYARD BIRD COUNT – 22-28 OCTOBER 2018

Save the date — the Aussie Backyard Bird Count is back from 22-28 October 2018.

The #AussieBirdCount is a great way to connect with the birds in your backyard, no matter where your backyard might be — a suburban backyard, a local park, a patch of forest, a farm, down by the beach, or the main street of town.

To take part all you need is 20 minutes and your favourite outdoor space. Not only will you be contributing to BirdLife Australia’s knowledge of Aussie birds, but there are also some great prizes on offer. Head to the website and register as a Counter today!

If you’ve taken part before and are registered for this year why not introduce someone else to the wonderful world of birding through this easy, fun, all-ages event? And if you’re a teacher, check out our Bird Count curriculum-based lesson plans to get your students (or the whole school!) involved.

If you have questions about the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, please head to our FAQ page, where you’ll find more information about registering, participating, and troubleshooting.

29 days to go — and counting!

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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

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Sunday 2nd September, 8:00am – 11:00am

We are almost into Spring and Bribie’s Wallum heathland is bursting with buds and a promise for a wonderful Walk through the Wonders of the Wallum on Sunday 2nd of September between  8:00 am and 11:00 am.

PUT THIS IN YOUR CALENDAR.

Wonders of the Wallum
Download the poster with all the information you will need for this year’s walk . . . WFW POSTER 2018
We look forward to seeing you on 2nd September loitering amongst Bribie’s Wallum Heathland.
With best wishes
BIEPA Wildflower Walk Committee
Backyard Bird

Celebrate National Bird Week 2018

by taking part in the biggest citizen science project to hit Aussie shores.
From 22-28 October, thousands of people from across the country are heading out into their backyards, local parks or favourite open spaces to take part in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count.

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