Dear BIEPA Members, Affiliates and Friends

We thought you would enjoy this feedback from BIEPA member, Anne Bradley, on a wonderful day out birding with Birds Queensland.
Anne also regaled the attendees at Monday night’s BIEPA meeting.

Just click on the heading below and you will see some of Anne’s wonderful photos.

from BIEPA Management Committee.

Birds Queensland outing to Bribie 2019

To view a few photos from the day, please use ‘control click’ on the title above.  When the photos come up, you can click on the first one to enlarge it and then click on the ‘i’ icon at the top right of the screen to view my titles.  I hope that I haven’t made any mistakes!

 

Members of Birds Queensland have visited Bribie 35 times since 1975.  They go to a wide variety of habitats on the island to take a census of the birds: Buckley’s Hole, Red Beach, the road to the sewage works (off First Avenue), Kakadu bird hide, Wright’s Creek, White Patch, Star Marina and Bibimulya.  It is a matter of honour for them to be able to see over 100 different species in a day.  This year and last, BIEPA has been invited to participate and I have gone along, last year with only one other member, this year with several.  They make us very welcome and even supply us with good quality binoculars for the day.

 

I am enormously impressed by the ability of members of the group to spot birds that I would never have found by myself.  Believe me, it is amazing!  Sometimes, they identify the calls first and then find the birds.  Often, I can’t even see them when they are pointed out to me.  This year, over 90 different species were identified in the first three hours and 121 during the day, with 6 others heard but not seen.

 

The highlight for many people was the Common Sandpiper that was spotted at Star Marina towards the end of the day.  This is not at all a common bird here, despite its name.  Of course, this was one of the birds that I failed to see, despite the earnest attempts of other people to point it out to me, so, sadly, I can’t include a photo of it.

 

It was a very rewarding and busy day but one doesn’t have to stay for all of it, one can ‘slope off’ at any time.  Do come along next year, it is a great day out.

 

Anne Bradley

28th October 2019

Birds Queensland outing to Bribie 2019

Some 100 Members and Visitors joined BIEPA’s annual “Wonders of the Wallum” Wildflower Walk on Sunday, 1 September, through heathland at the top of Cotterill Avenue, Bongaree. 

We were again blessed with good weather and, although the long dry period had had an impact on some of the species, there were still many beautiful flowers to be seen. 

We would like to thank Allan Carr of Native Plants Queensland who, as every year, shared his knowledge with the group and had prepared the tags to identify the different plants. 

Thanks also to our photographers and to everyone who contributed to the success of this event, which again attracted enthusiasts not only from the local area but from the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and elsewhere.

We look forward to welcoming you all again next year!

 

CleanUp Australia Day

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Some intrepid BIEPA volunteers hit White Patch on Bribie Island this year for the annual Clean Up Australia Day.  This year is special as we remember founder, Ian Kiernan AO, who passed away October 2018.

Our usual haunts for this event are Buckley’s Hole, Shirley Creek and Woorim Beach, but we decided to spread the word further afield.

Our volunteers collected 13 bags of rubbish including a huge amount of wire mesh that some not-so-thoughtful person had dumped in the National Park.

Cleaning-up AustraliaEveryone had a lot of fun and we thank all those who came out to clean up White Patch.

BIEPA’s meeting location for the CLEAN UP Australia Day event will be at White Patch Esplanade opposite Coondiba Street.  From there, volunteers will choose to go north to the Rangers Station or South to Wrights Creek and back.
CleanUp Australia Day
STORY OF THE PHOTO ON THE POSTER:   A BIEPA member was walking along Woorim beach one morning and saw a red can scurrying around in the sand.  The can was being dragged by a little crab whose claw was caught in the can.  Of course, the BIEPA member released the crab from its trap.  No, the crab wasn’t intoxicated.
A reminder that rubbishing Bribie Island is impacting even our smallest creatures.
We look forward to seeing you on the day.
It is with a heavy heart and deep sorrow that I am letting you know of Cohen’s death.  She was found dead at the base of a tree on the morning  of the 18th May.  Dr Jon Hanger did a post mortem and her death  was due to acute toxaemia secondary to her immunodeficiency issues.  She had a strong survival instinct struggling with her health problems and wanting to survive and this showed as her body condition was the same as when she was released.  Apparently her death was sudden.  Over the previous weeks her activity levels were high, she was bright, alert and had been moving around well.  
 
She had been doing well in her pre release enclosure which was why she was released into the wild on the 17th April even though she had some underlying health issues  Dr Hanger said there were no oral lesions in her mouth and could not detect Candida.  Cohen was not suffering and it was likely illness occurred in the last few days.   
 
I have been going over everything I have done and questioned whether I did the right thing in letting her go.   Even if I could have found a way to keep her with me the outcome may have been the same.  Cohen was a gentle, beautiful  wild koala and needed to be free to be what nature intended her to be.  That doesn’t stop me from wishing things could have been different.  Cohen was a very special koala and I did so want her to have a long and happy life. 
 
Thanks Vanda

Vanda, was Guest Speaker at BIEPA’s November 2014 meeting.
See BIEPA News November 2014 attached for your information.
Since then, we’ve included some updates on how Vanda’s little koalas have been doing.
We also included information on how our members can support our koala carers in the incredible work they do on a daily basis.
If you are so inclined to make a donation to this work, please go to : http://koalaactioninc.org.  and follow the links to DONATIONS.

As we announced in our February BIEPA NEWS, BIEPA no longer uses the services of the Commonwealth Bank.

BIEPA now banks with the Bank of Queensland (BOQ).

If you wish to make a bank transfer for your membership fees, you can carry that out using BIEPA’s BOQ General Account details as follows:  BSB Number: 124390; Account Number: 22657983.

If you wish to make a Tax Deductible donation to the BIEPA Public Environment, you can carry that out using BIEPA’s BOQ Public Environment Account details as follows:  BSB Number: 124390; Account Number: 22671143.

PLEASE ENSURE YOU FILL OUT DETAILS REGARDING YOUR NAME AND THE REASON FOR YOUR DEPOSIT WHEN MAKING THESE TRANSFERS.

We look forward to seeing you at the BIEPA AGM Monday 28th May 2018.

If you have not been able to pay your membership fees before the AGM and would like to pay them on the evening of the meeting , could you please arrive half an hour early (at least by 6:30pm) and our Treasurer, Lia with an assistant, will be stationed outside the meeting room in the corridor to attend to you.

Membership Renewal and BIEPA Mgmt Committee Nomination forms are attached to the Next Meeting Notice, for your convenience.

If you wish to post them, please address to:
BIEPA, PO BOX 350, BRIBIE ISLAND. QLD. 4507