FOSI Newsletter, Issue #73, December 2015
- The Sand Mining Repeal Bill
- Council Progress on Point Lookout Reserve
- Fox action gets results.
- Sea turtles nesting on Straddie
- Summer guide
- Shorebirds in the news for all the wrong reasons!
The Sand Mining Repeal Bill
The current Bills
The economic transition strategy and jobs package
Council Progress on Point Lookout Reserve
Fox action gets results.
Sea turtles nesting on Straddie
- Dolphins with calves.
- Bull rays, manta rays, eagle rays, guitar sharks, spotted wobbegongs and octopus at the offshore reefs
- Summer seabirds such Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, Brown Boobys and Little Terns flying offshore.
- Dugongs calving in their Moreton Bay nursery grounds.
- Spanish Mackerel season (February).
- Loggerhead turtles breeding and laying eggs on ocean beaches (late Oct-early Mar). Hatchlings heading for the ocean (mid-Jan to mid-Apr).
- Double-banded Plovers foraging on the beaches after flying in from New Zealand.
- Coastal Banksia and Spider Lilies in flower.
- Beach-stone Curlews nesting and calling at night
- Flocks of White-throated Needletails flying fast in the airspace above sand dunes before summer storms
In the Bush
- Koala breeding season— male koalas bellowing and on the move (Sept.–March)
- Nomadic Little Red Flying-foxes visiting the island following flowering trees
- Floury Baker cicadas heard all day on hot summer days.
- Pacific Koels and Channel-billed Cuckoos calling
- Eastern Blossom Bats giving birth to pups
- Pink and Red Bloodwoods and White Stringybarks in flower. Blueberry Ash and Midjimberry fruiting. Blotched Hyacinth Orchid and Fringed Lily flowering in the under storey.
- In the Rainforest Picabeen Palms fruiting and Pink Euodia in flower.
- Squirrel Glider litters born over spring and summer
- Lace Monitor goannas laying egg clutches, often in excavated termite nests.
By the swamps, creeks and lakes
- Frog breeding season - male Cooloola Sedgefrogs Scarlet-sided Pobblebonk and Wallum Froglets calling to attract a mate after rain.
- Young Longfin Eels (elvers) migrating from the sea into the island’s creeks.
- Eastern long-necked turtles laying eggs in the banks of island lakes.
- Blue Tongue and Wallum Boronia in flower, Common Sundew with insectivorous flowers.
- Dragonflies on the wing.
In the mangrove forests, saltpans and on the mudflats
- Migratory shorebirds feasting on the mudflats at low tide.
- Water Mice building up their nest mounds with fresh mud to protect them against high ‘spring’ tides over summer.
- Mangroves and Cotton Trees flowering and Ruby Saltbush fruiting
- Far Eastern Curlews setting off for their Siberian breeding grounds - the first waders to leave in February.
Shorebirds in the news for all the wrong reasons!
Federal investigation into Enterprise Mine
Promised Inquiry into legislative favours
Toondah Harbour EPBC Act referral
EPBC Act amendment
Straddie Style Exhibition
Town plan submission
safe and joyous Christmas and a properous New Year