I am pleased to present another content-packed Newsletter, Number 8-2021 of Queensland Science Network, a collaboration between 26 scientific and natural history societies, hosted by our Royal Society of Queensland. The Newsletter is available now on the Network’s website. Download here (3.3MB).
Included in this issue:
HOT NEWS AND COMING EVENTS
MEMBERS AWARDS, NEWSLETTERS AND MEDIA
ALLIED COMMUNITIES ACTIVITY
COMMUNITY DATA COLLECTION AND DIGITAL APPS
EDITOR’S EXCERPTS FROM EXCEPTIONAL ARTICLES
New section GRAPHICS (CARTOON) EXPRESSIONS USED IN SCIENCE
Special articles on use of hollows by birds and tree biodiversity decline.
Snippets of general science information from group members are of course welcome. Please contact me on the email address below.
Editor, QSN Newsletter
On 15 October 2021, OzFish Unlimited and its project partners will be celebrating the launch of the largest community driven shellfish reef restoration project in Australia. See Events calendar for details.
The event marks the start of OzFish’s Shellfish Revolution that first seeks to re-establish more than 19 hectares of lost shellfish reefs in Queensland’s Moreton Bay (Quandamooka Country).
A series of 30 exercises for students is available on the TED site Earth School. The exercises, called “Quests”, encourage students globally to “celebrate, explore and connect with nature”. A certificate is emailed upon completion of the 30 exercises.
Scientists are inviting schools in Queensland to sign up to help search for Australia’s missing insects. Dr Andy Howe insect ecologist of the University of the Sunshine Coast is co-ordinating the Queensland arm of the “Insect Investigators” program led by the South Australian Museum. The program is seeking 50 schools across Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia to join an official program to help scientists find and catalogue insects.
The Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium has published its September e-News Bulletin. Look for citations for some fifty new publications, book reviews, film teasers, news snippets and notices of nine workshops/conferences. Available online free of charge.
Wildlife Queensland is offering a free will-making service for those who would like to sponsor the vital work that the group tackles.
By partnering with Australia’s top-rated will-writing platform, Gathered Here, Wildlife Queensland is offering its supporters a free will-writing service that easily allows a donor to leave a gift in their will to help protect Australia’s at-risk species.
“Having an up-to-date will is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family. But it’s also one of the easiest ways to leave a lasting legacy for wildlife. For a limited time (until 30 September 2021), Gathered Here is also offering supporters free and unlimited lifetime updates to their will* – a win for wildlife because ‘where there’s a will there’s a way.’
Write a free wildlife-friendly will in just 10 minutes.
Please contact Wildlife Queensland at email@example.com or phone 3844 0129 for further information.
The Australian Greenhouse Calculator helps explore how a person’s lifestyle contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. We all enjoy the benefits of modern technology such as heating and lighting, but we can take actions to reduce production of greenhouse gases and help combat climate change.
Use the AGC to explore how to live more sustainably. By changing behaviour and selecting energy-efficient options, people can reduce greenhouse gas emissions in ways that do not compromise comfort and quality of life.
The calculator website includes “Teacher ideas” linked to the Australian curriculum.
We thank Alan Pears AM, primary developer of the calculator’s algorithm, for drawing this to QSN’s attention.
National renewable energy expert Alan Pears AM has compiled a list of websites and other web-accessible materials on the subject of renewable energy and the benefits of improving the energy efficiency of our public and private infrastructure.
The National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training is offering fellowships to work in the field of groundwater. The Queensland openings are at the University of Queensland:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and hydrogeologists collaborating to better understand and manage groundwater resources
- Integration of Indigenous knowledge into post-mine land use planning.
See the website for details.