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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We have received the final itinerary for the Sunshine Coast Spring Wildflower Festival 2018.

BIEPA’s is the last on the programme – Sunday 2nd September.
Download the Wildflower Festival 2018 Program and please peruse the wonderful walks you can do and hopefully, you will be able to partake in some of the Festival events besides, of course, the BIEPA Walk!!!
Do mark your calendars and we will see you on Sunday 2nd September at 8 am – meeting corner Protea and Cotterill Ave, Bongaree.
We’ve already had a reconnoitre and our Wallum Heathland is looking lovely and healthy.  We should have a good showing of wildflowers.
And, don’t worry, we will remind you again closer to the date!!

Preventing Plastic Pollution Trivia Night

It’s trivia time! Welcome in semester 2 with new waste free goodies, new friends and a new attitude on plastic pollution!  

Get your tickets here 

Come one, come all- to USC Eco’s
2nd annual Plastic Pollution Trivia Night!

The University of the Sunshine Coast Environment Collective USC Eco would like to invite you to our 2nd annual Plastic Pollution Trivia Night! If you are not familiar with us, USC Eco is a socially aware environmental action group made up of university students active on campus and beyond in raising awareness on environmental issues both local and further afield.

This year our trivia night has not only a new venue but a new host as well! We welcome Anthony Hill from Plastic Pollution Solutions, as our MC and trivia expert for the evening. This year we encourage all participants to head on down to CVA’s beach clean up on Saturday the 28th of July~ where you will learn some prior information on what marine debris is exactly doing to our environment *hint* this might have some use on the night!!

On the evening you can expect:

– Food platters*

– Lucky door prizes*

– Trivia questions just for the young ones (with free entry for kids under 5yrs and special prizes to match as well)

– Prizes for our top three winning teams!

– Bonus round prizes

– Beverages for purchase

Where: The Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba

When: Wednesday, August 1st

Cost: $12 per person or $10 at the door 

So gather your friends, family, teammates or coworkers and build a team of up to 10, once tickets are purchased start devising a team name and bring your A- game; because as we hear it, there are some trivia buffs around! The night starts from 5:30 onwards, however, trivia begins at approximately 6:30 pm (for those of you who travel from work).

We only ask that if you have straws- bring them yourself as we’re going old school and limiting our use of plastic!

In the spirit of the evening, and the reason why we’re all working to reduce our reliance on plastics is the detriment it’s having on our environment. Therefore, USC Eco are donating all profits made to The Sea Turtle Foundation, as these animals are some of the most heavily affected by plastic pollution. 

Now for the nitty gritty stuff…

T’s & C’s:

– Food platters are purchased for $60 at the discretion of each table (each platter will contain a variety of nibblies and kid-friendly food such as party pies and will feed up to 10 people)

– Service of alcohol is strictly 18+ and will be sold at the discretion of the Wharf Taverns bartenders on the evening

– USC Eco have a zero tolerance for drunk driving, disorderly behaviour and the use of derogatory, offensive and defamatory language. The Wharf Tavern and USC Eco, therefore, reserve the right to remove anyone from the event found to be diverging from the family-friendly behaviour expected

– The lucky door prize is at the cost of a gold coin donation

– All allergies must be advised when making bookings

– All children must be supervised by a responsible adult

– HAVE FUN!!! 


Koalas Need Your Help

The sad reality is most koalas don’t survive when their homes are torn down. While searching for a new home, they suffer from starvation, deadly infections and attacks from dogs and cattle.

A tax-deductible gift from you today would help our work with koala carers, by providing essential medical supplies to help rehabilitate koalas for a return to the wild.

Your donation will also help us plant trees to create homes and safe habitat corridors for threatened koala communities. Plus, it will support us to put the pressure on governments to stop excessive tree-clearing that destroys koala habitat, so we can protect wildlife for the long-term.

With less than 48 hours remaining in this financial year, now is the best time to make your tax-deductible donation.

Please donate before June 30 to help save our amazing koalas and the trees they call home – before it’s too late.



Thank you for your support,

Dermot O’Gorman
CEO, WWF-Australia







Wonderful Wallum!

Some 70 participants joined BIEPA’s annual “Wonders of the Wallum” Wildflower Walk on Sunday 28 August, through bushland off Hornsby Road, Bellara. This event is part of the Wildflower Festival organised by the Sunshine Coast Council.
The weather was perfect, many of the flower species were at their best, and the groups of walkers appreciated the knowledge and experience of our Guides – Allan Carr from Native Plants Queensland and John Ward from the Bribie Wallum Action Group and Community Nursery.

Also present on the Walk was Michael Strong, Director of Turnstone Archaeology, who responded to questions about the Aboriginal history of the area. BIEPA would like to thank them all for their valued contribution to the success of this event.
We hope all participants had an enjoyable and interesting morning. We look forward to welcoming you again next year!