Last Saturday I exchanged my pencils for conservation tools and joined my new local Woolloongabba Conservation Group doing some weed removal and tree planting. Can’t beat spending time in the bush and being able to give it a helping hand at the same time.
A couple of photos from National Tree Day last weekend at Mount Gravatt Environment Group. Was great to catch up with friends and help the mountain with lantana weed removal and planting new native species.
Tawny Frogmouth Family Nest
On Thursday the Tawny Frogmouth nest was still being occupied by a parent and chick observing everything going on around them. Then on Friday they had finally abandoned their nest and were sitting on a different branch on the opposite side of the tree blending in with the silhouettes of the leaves.
It has been a pleasure to watch this little family over the past couple of months at Whites Hill Reserve. They also nested in the same area last year too. But with the recent land clearing/development going on right next to their tree, I will be very surprised if they return to this spot again next year.
Reef Blitz Moreton Bay
On Sunday Hazel and I joined a Reef Blitz boat trip to Moreton Bay to St Helen Island to help with some citizen science. It was a joint arrangement by Reef Check, Coral Watch and Mangrove Watch, with each organisation providing lots of great information about how we can all help collect data for their research – please click on the links in this paragraph to learn more.
It was a great day out and being an avid scuba diver and lover of sea life I’ll definitely be looking at ways to help.
Oh yes, that was a quick sketch from a photo of an eel and turtle within the Coral Watch brochure 🙂
This weekend – Brisbane Drawing Group and Bayside Conservation
I have an exciting weekend coming up – on Saturday I am joining the Brisbane Drawing and Painting Meetup group on the monthly draw outing, and this time its at Mowbray Park – more details…
Then on Sunday I am heading over to Melaleuca Park to do some conservation as part of the Bayside Creek Catchment Group.
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National Bilby Day
Yesterday, 11th September was the annual National Bilby Day.
I am afraid I am a day behind the times here but I just want to share the cute bilby love because they are another unique and cute Australian animal that needs our affection. The information below and image above I have gathered from Save the Bilby Fund’s website.
They are listed as endangered here in Queensland with only 400-600 wild bilbies. Threats include feral cats and foxes, and competing for food and habitat with rabbits.
A couple of interesting facts are that the bilbies big ears help to cool its body due to the ears large surface area which cools the blood passing through the blood vessels close to the skin surface, and that the bilbies are one of the fastest breeding animals on the earth with a 12-14 day pregnancy.
For more information and to help save the bilby please see https://www.savethebilbyfund.com/
Today I took part in National Tree Day 2016 at Mount Gravatt in Brisbane.
Was a lovely day full of awesome people coming to lend nature a hand. It was great to catch up with old friends and to make new ones too.
I got to plant some native grasses and trees, as well as removing some weeds to help koala and small bird habitats.
It was really nice stepping foot back on to the mountain again. We used to walk up there quite regularly and the attend bush care events until moving to Wynnum a year ago.
Today is World Oceans Day – wahoo!
I found out at lunch time it was World Turtle Day today! And we were going out for most of the day so this is a quick photo montage.
I found my picture of me at Mon Repos with the hatchling turtle – one of the most amazing experiences of my life; a quick photo before going out this evening to an 80s party so I wore my TMNT t-shirt; and funnily enough I had actually drawn two TMNT lunchtime sketches this week so added those in as well!
Then put it all into Photoshop, create a cool turtly background and add in my cute Trent the Long Necked Turtle!
At the end of April the Guardian released an article titled “East Australia one of 11 areas to account for 80% of world forest loss by 2030”
Even I feel sad when I erase a cartoon tree for my characters…