February, Mon. 17: Annual
General Meeting & Presidential Address
February, Sat-Sun 15-16: Mon Repos
March, Sat. 1: Conifers workshop
March, Sat-Sun 22-23: North Stradbroke Island
Long Excursion: Bukkulla — August 30-September 7
1. Presentation of QNC Natural History Award
2. Presentation of Annual Report
and Balance Sheet
3. Election of Office-bearers and
Council for 2003
4. Presidential Address: Ailsa
Full supper after this meeting, so please bring a ‘plate’.
NOMINATIONS FOR THE
POSITIONS ON COUNCIL FOR 2003 are required to be in the hands of the
Secretary no later than February 1. They must be signed by a
financial Club member and bear the nominee’s signed agreement to
serve. Nomination forms are available
from the Secretary.
GENERAL MEETING REPORT:
As is usual this meeting was
devoted to highlights from the Club’s long excursion for the year, to
Princess Hills National Park, Upper Herbert River, and the Valley of
Lagoons. Six members gave short reports covering fields of
setting the Park in place, was given by Dick Date, who, aided by Jan,
did such a magnificent
job of organising the excursion.
presented the report on the vegetation and commented on the noticeable
absence of weeds in the park; there were occasional ones, including
lantana but not too many serious ones. Most of the park,
including the camp site surrounds is eucalyptus woodland of various
species. Three geologic types governed the vegetation: granite
(the majority), laterite (some rocky tops with little soil, and other
flatter areas with a deeper soil) and basalt. Highlights were: 7
different wattles on the laterite: Grevillea pteridifolia and
parallela; lots of grasstrees, Xanthorrhoea johnsonii; the silver
elkhorn, Platycerium veitchii; the rare Eucalyptus howittiana, a
Dendrobium speciosum in full flower;
Hibiscus splendens found to be the most northerly occurrence record at
Herbarium. Altogether 15 ferns, 4 orchids and 127 species of
plants were collected.
said that there were few insects found at the beginning of the camp due
to cold weather (2 C on the second night) but later the weather warmed
and more were evident. They found many water bugs and beetles,
and one highlight was
an area where Giant Cockroaches had their excavations. These were
the hardest soil Geoff Monteith had seen these insects. Also of
was a mass of Dynastid beetle pellets found at what had evidently been
base of a termite mound dug into by an echidna.
found that the Odonata numbers also increased as the weather improved,
with a total of 23 species being recorded, consisting of 13 damselflies
and 10 dragonflies. The most important habitats were still or
slowly flowing pools in the Herbert River with aquatic and/or fringing
vegetation and one of the farm dams and a large shallow swamp known as
Survey Swamp. Deniss showed slides of some of the certainly
beautiful damsel and dragonflies he found.
based his trapping and surveys on the three geologic types, all in the
of the park; he used a variety of methods of collection: Elliott, cage
pitfall traps; harp traps and trip-lining for bats (successful over
water where the small bats come in to drink); birds were observed at
all the trap/survey points. The final tally was: mammals 9 + 3
introduced (pig, cattle, cat); arboreal mammals 3; bats 12; frogs 9 + 1
introduced; reptiles 31; birds 98.
illustrated with slides some of the fish he found. He was
impressed with the pristine nature of the river, with crystal clear
water so that it was possible to actually
had co-ordinated the bird observations, which resulted in a total of
163 birds seen for the excursion. Of these 133 were in the
national park, with 87 in the close environs of the camp. We were
able to add 17 species to the park list created by previous Birds
Australia North Qld surveys. Unfortunately we did not see the Red
Goshawk but there were plenty of other highlights, including the
Barking Owl and Southern Boobook calling together at night.
NEW MEMBERS: In
Patricia Lander, Southport; Barney Hines, Chelmer.
We hope these members have
long and happy association with the Club.
February: Bill & Helen
Greg & Annette Neill
It is with sadness that we
the death, on 25 October 2002, of Dr E.N. Marks, whom we all knew as
Pat has been a well known presence in the club for a very long time;
input covering all aspects from meetings to excursions, to
to advice in general, has been considerable and valuable. Our
sympathy to her family.
49TH QUEENSLAND SCIENCE CONTEST — QNC WINNERS
On the 19th October, three members of the QNC (Pam Grice, Megan Thomas
and Peter Woodall) judged the entries in the 49th Queensland Science
select the best ‘natural history project’ in each of the five
divisions, for prizes donated by the QNC. As in previous years, we
found that the standard of many of the entries was very high and it was
often difficult to select the best project. The President, Ms
Ailsa Gillies, gave the prizes to
the winners at a presentation a week later. The final
Division 1 (Gds P-3): ‘A Collection from my Garden habitat’ by Emma
Division 2 (Grades 4-6):‘Frogs of south-east Queensland’ by
Division 3 (7 & 8):‘A Collection of Australian Native Orchids’ by
Division 4 (Grades 9 & 10): No award
Division 5 (Grades 11 & 12):‘Acacia fimbriata study’ by
Philippa ($35); and
‘Aegiceras corniculatum River Mangrove Study’ by Kim ($35)
Each of the prize winners will also receive a year’s subscription to
Moss, John T.: Butterfly
Plants of south-east Queensland and
northern New South Wales.
Butterfly & other Invertebrates Club, Inc. 24pp. $5.50.
This booklet will be useful to those with a working knowledge of plant
butterfly names. The use of both common and scientific names is
helpful. However, the list would possibly be more ‘user friendly’ with
the addition of some simple line drawings. It is, in fact,
a pity that the illustrations on the front cover, by Lois Hughes, have
lost their beautiful detail due to their dramatic reduction in
size. In the absence of visual aids to identification, the
booklet needs to be used in conjunction with references
as mentioned in the introduction. Local publications on native
and gardening with local native plants, would also assist with plant
A useful addition would be a list of suggested butterfly
nectar plants, as these play an integral part in attracting butterflies
into an area
planted with larval host plants.
The challenge to consolidate a wide-ranging subject such
as this into a compact booklet is great, and considerable effort has
gone into the production of this worthwhile booklet.
PS—NB A reminder that this will be the last newsletter for
unfinancial members. The computer has this nasty habit of
dropping unfinancial names
off at year’s end
Check the label for financial status and
Have a Happy Christmas
New additions to the
and available for borrowing are:
Ken Koolan: A Commanding Presence: the life of G.H. Barker, bookseller,
naturalist and ornithologist. 206 pp. Ginninderra Press, ACT 2002.
G.H.Barker was an early and strong member of the Club.
Peter Menkorst & Frank Knight (ill.): A Field Guide to the Mammals
of Australia. 268pp. OUP, 2002. An excellent field guide
with colour illustrations.
Darryl Jones: Magpie Alert: learning to live with a wild neighbour.
156pp., UNSW Press, 2002. .