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Dead seabirds needed for plastic pollution study
Lauren Roman, a graduate ecology / zoology student from the
University of Queensland is undertaking a study on plastic marine debris in the
diets of Australian seabirds and shorebirds. Lauren’s research for her honours
thesis is being supervised by Dr Kathy Townsend based at the UQ Moreton Bay
Research Station at Dunwich. To conduct
the study in a way that is as ethical as possible and brings no stress or harm
to living birds, the approach being used is to dissect birds that have already
died of natural (or unnatural) causes.
Lauren is seeking assistance from FOSI members with the
collection of suitable specimens. Lauren requests that if we find any dead
marine birds (seabird/ shorebird/ gull/ heron/ egret etc) that are relatively
intact, that we place them in a plastic bag and bring them to the Moreton Bay
Research Station and ask for the specimen to be put in the freezer for her. We
will report back to members on her study’s findings.
Stradbroke gardens In this edition we have seen the difference 10 years of bush care c an make and some weeds to watch out for . Below is some advice as to suitable trees, ground cover and shrubs to plant in your Stradbroke garden. Pig face, a great native garden plant. Suitable native trees Lophestemon confertus (box tree) - canopy tree for big gardens or pruning Banksia integrifolia – (coastal banksia) - attracts birds Banksia aemula or serrata (wallum banksia) – attracts birds Elaeocarpus reticulatus (blue berry ash) Pandanus pedunculatus (pandanus/ screw palm) Cupaniopsis anacardioides (tuckeroo) Suitable ground cover Carpobrotus rossii (Pig face) Lomandra longifolia Dianella caerula (edible purple fruit) Jasminum didymum – yellow flowers Hibbertia scandens (yellow snake vine) Myoporum acuminatum Viola banksii (native violet) Suitable shrubs Banksia robur (swamp banskia) Banksia oblongifolia (dwarf
In this issue Farewell Shorebirds The State of Cylinder Beach Book review of ‘A Nature Guide to North Stradbroke Island: Minjerribah’ Facebook Activities Farewell Shorebirds For the majority of the year Moreton Bay’s migratory shorebirds spend their time foraging on the bay’s mud and sand flats. Now, they are just starting to leave for warming Arctic climes where they breed annually. Great Knot with Bar-tailed Godwits on sand bank off Amity Point, Photo by Athol Klieve The bay provides crucial habitat for critically endangered Far Eastern Curlews and Great Knots and for vulnerable Bar-tailed Godwits, among other wader species. Moreton Bay’s environmental significance is to a large extent as a refuge for these remarkable migratory birds, who are now under severe threat from loss of habitat through coastal reclamation. So significant are these birds that a number of international agreements have been signed by Australia to protect them. Moreton Bay was declare
A shy creature, distantly related to the elephant, which communicates by chirps, whistles and barks – the dugong may be one of Moreton Bay’s least seen and most fascinating inhabitants. Approximately 1000 dugongs live in the warm waters of the sheltered and shallow bay. Globally, however, there are serious threats to this gentle animal’s survival. The World Conservation Union lists the dugong as vulnerable to extinction. The name dugong derives from a Malay word meaning Lady of the Sea, yet elsewhere they are less-flatteringly referred to as Sea Cows, due to their diet of seagrass. They are the only marine herbivorous sea mammals in the world and have been observed to suckle their young for up to five years, even though calves start eating seagrass at three months old. Solitary animals, they travel alone or in pairs for most of their 70-year lifespan, although they have been seen in herds of 10 to 300. Their distant relationship to the elephant goes some way to explaining the