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                   Please note that QNC excursions and meetings will be subject to special rules during the Covid19 pandemic click here and attendees must register by email (see below)

 PLEASE REGISTER BEFORE ATTENDING.  EXCURSIONS: excursion@qnc.org.au and MEETINGS: meetings@qnc.org.au

Activity Type Date Activity
Name
Description of Activity Site Information
Meeting Monday
18/0722
Speaker: Dr Will Goulding

Topic: The History, Cultural Context and Biological Diversity of Papua New Guinea’s Louisiade Archipelago
The Louisiade Archipelago is a relatively poorly known group of islands that support high levels of endemic biodiversity. They are situated less than 1000 kilometres north-east of Cooktown in the most south-east section of Milne Bay Province.

Notable but limited efforts to document the biodiversity of the Islands was undertaken in the late 19th century, which was the first and last time that some species were documented, leading to the islands supporting more than 10% of the world’s bird species listed in the IUCN’s Data Deficient category. The remoteness and difficult access to these islands has hampered many subsequent efforts to determine the status of such species.

Will has spent more than a decade visiting the islands to fill such knowledge gaps. He will present some of his findings and interesting observations relating to the culture, history of exploration, and biodiversity across these islands.
Arrive at 7pm for a 7.30pm start, Toowong Uniting Church Hall (venue location details below)

Day Excursion
Sunday 24/07/22 Coochiemudlo Island.
Our leader will be Susan.

Register by emailing excursion@qnc.org.au. Please put COOCHIEMUDLO as the subject, and address your email to Barney. Include details of everyone attending with you, and your mobile phone number/s.

Bring a hat, sun and insect protection, water and food, binoculars, print-out of the plant or bird lists, and shoes that can get wet if you wish. You can swim at the island on the high tide if you wish.
We will explore some of the natural features - in the coastal, mangrove, open forest habitats and the Melaleuca Wetlands.
Botany in the Bush, Redlands, have compiled a flora list of 144 species.
Go to https://coochiemudlo.org/ and click on ‘About’ and ‘Explore the Island’s history and natural resources’ for links to a February 2020 Birdlife Redlands list, and a list of 118 species observed back to 1971.
We will meet at the ferry terminal on Coochiemudlo Island at 10.15 am.

The Amity Trader ferry leaves from Victoria Point terminal, at the end of Colburn Ave, on the half hour, 9.00 am, 9.30 etc and leaves the island at 3.15 pm, 3.45 pm etc.
Note that parking at the ferry may be limited, so please allow some extra time before the ferry departs. The journey to the island takes 10 minutes.
When catching the ferry please be aware that cash is not accepted and facemasks must be worn.

There are toilets, several free gas BBQ's, tables, and 3 cafes.
Meeting Monday
15/08/22
Members Night
Club Speakers & Calendar Photo Judging
The August meeting will include a presentation from several QNC members on the recent Lonesome NP long excursion. Subjects covered will include the general ecology, birds, plants, mammals, reptiles and insects (including moths). Questions will be taken after the last presentation.

Voting on photos for the club calendar competition will also be held that same evening. So, it’s time to find your best photographs taken on a QNC excursion or outing and enter them into the competition for inclusion in the 2023 QNC Calendar. Photos are not restricted to those taken in the last year so don’t overlook your older photographs. Please note:
• The competition will be judged by club members attending the August Club Meeting.
• Please add “Photo Competition” to the subject byline.
• Photos should be emailed ASAP to photo@qnc.org.au
Arrive at 7pm for a 7.30pm start,Toowong Uniting Church Hall (venue location details below)
Day Excursion Sunday
21/08/22
Plunkett Conservation Park, Beenleigh

Leaders: Ron Carr and Dick Copeland

Registration: Please register by sending an email to excursions@qnc.org.au, with details of all people attending in your party and a contact phone number. Please put “Plunkett” as the subject. Please also address your email to Barney (the excursion secretary) as otherwise it can end up in the spam folder.
Plunkett Conservation Reserve, comprising 432 ha, contains four Regional Ecosystems:

• 12.11.3 and 12.11.5; based on soils of metamorphic and volcanic origin, of good fertility and producing an open forest of Eucalyptus siderophloia, E. propinqua, E. microcorys, E.acmenoides, E.major, Corymbia intermedia, C. citriodora variegata and Lophostemon confertus. The understory here is quite thin but not weedy.

• 12.9-10.17 and 12.9-10.19; smaller in extent and established over exposed sandstone strata of lower fertility. The vegetative cover here is lower in height, sparser and healthier. It includes Plunkett Mallee (Eucalyptus curtisii - which takes its common name from this locality), Eucalyptus planchoniana and Angophora woodsiana in the overstorey.

Fringe myrtle (Calytrix tetragona) is a feature of the area in which we will be walking and should be in good bloom by then.

The land for the reserve was originally acquired by Ted Corbould, a grazier, tree planter and naturalist, who then donated it to the state in the mid-1970s.
Getting to Plunkett Conservation Park
From Brisbane, take the M1 south past Beenleigh and then take exit 38 at Yatala, and proceed into Stanmore Rd at the roundabout.
Go to the end of Stanmore Rd, turn left onto Beenleigh-Beaudesert Rd and then after approx. two km, turn right onto Veivers Rd. It continues on as Quinzeh Creek Rd, with the Conservation Park on your left.
Look for the QNC sign on the left as the road veers to the north. Allow 50 mins from central Brisbane

What to bring: Sturdy footwear, walking stick, morning tea, lunch, water, hat.

Register for excursions at: excursion@qnc.org.au and meetings at: meetings@qnc.org.au

QNC General Meetings

Learn about natural history at our meetings with talks presented by specialists from the club or from various scientific institutions, and from members exhibits. Visitors are welcome

Where:    We meet at the Toowong Uniting Church Hall. This is located at 82 Sherwood Road, Toowong and is less than 200 metres from Toowong Village Shopping Centre, Toowong Railway Station & bus stops.

There is parking at 76 Sherwood Road for 12 cars.  Street parking is available.  Toowong Village parking is free  provided you enter after 6pm.

When: 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month, February to November inclusive

Note that each meeting will commence with the presentation by the guest speaker.

 Excursions

The Club arranges about ten field excursions each year to locations of natural history interest and tours of specialist institutions such as the Queensland Herbarium or museums. They range in duration from short, half-day local trips through week-end camps to longer excursions lasting from one to two weeks in more remote locations. Visitors are welcome on short excursions. 

Excursion leaders click here for attendance form.