Quolls are carnivorous marsupials (genus Dasyurus) with four species found in Australia and two in New Guinea.
This month not for profit organisation Earthwatch are busy chasing volunteers for their expeditions to discover more about the unique and fascinating wildlife of our Cloud Forests here in Queensland…
Escape the sounds of the bustling city as you step into the lush and tranquil tropics on Earthwatch’s Wildlife of the Cloud Forests expedition. The sounds of a bird chorus at dawn and trickling waters of nearby creeks and streams will be your new home, as you immerse yourself in this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Far north QLD never fails to deliver awesome wildlife encounters at any time of the day or night. While spotlighting recently on Cape York I half tripped over a small log while navigating a particularly dense patch of woodland. I shone my torch to the ground to avoid a face plant and realised my ‘log’ had two eyes and an unimpressed look on his face. I had accidently stumbled over Australia’s largest snake, the Scrub Python (Morelia kinghorni).
Scrambling along rocky shorelines between sea cliffs and the incoming tide. Commando crawling through boulder piles. It’s all in a day’s work when seaching for roosting sites of Australia’s elusive Coastal Sheathtail Bat (Taphozous australis).
As an avid gardener Kerry observes many wildlife visitors in her backyard. She often admires the colourful and raucous Rainbow Lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus) bathing and preening in her gutters after rain (which, in Ingham, is a regular occurrence). While Kerry came to expect their daily presence on her roof, someone else was also keeping a close eye on these birds.
With a range that fits neatly inside Cyclone Yasi’s impact zone, and already on the endangered list, the Mahogany Glider was sure to be hugely affected by our most recent natural disaster.
For one week each February a gang of ecologists and volunteers head for the desert of northern SA to conduct Arid Recovery’s annual trapping. I had a chat to Helen, AR’s resident ecologist and got the wrap-up from this year’s event. But first a little background…
Crocs have been getting a bad wrap lately. Our local croc expert spills the beans on why she still loves the ancient reptiles…
This species is not endangered and it’s not hard to find… it’s just darn fascinating!
While enjoying a drink on her deck every afternoon at 5.30pm, a colleague of mine has noticed a spider building its web – in exactly the same location. Every morning at 7am, while having her coffee, she observed the spider ‘eating’ its web, then tucking himself under the bark of a tree. Same spider, same spot, at the exact same time each morning/night.