Queensland's Citizen Science Hub

Geoff Edwards

A new website about some birds of South-East Queensland  www.ourlocalbirds.com looks into their amazing lives via a unique and exciting range of video and still images as well text and audio.

The website www.ourlocalbirds.com has two principal sections: Learning about birds and Teaching about birds and was created by the Bird Education Group of Birds Queensland and Birdlife Southern Queensland.

Learning about birds features 18 birds commonly seen in urban and suburban areas.

Teaching About Birds has been designed for primary age students, their teachers and home educators and aligns with objectives in the Australian Science Curriculum for each year level: 1-6. Videos have been created to illustrate the curriculum focus for each year level. Examples are the video about the Australian White Ibis https://vimeo.com/336966421 for Year 5 students investigating how animals adapt to environments and the video https://vimeo.com/394819136 for Year 6 students studying the extraordinary migratory shorebirds that migrate to the other end of the globe to breed but that live, at least for part of each year, at our urban backdoor in Moreton Bay.


Wet Rocks is an initiative of the Teacher Earth Science Education Programme: Groundwater Education Resources for Teachers

Wet Rocks is a valuable resource for both learning and teaching about groundwater. Relevant to the Australian Curriculum, Wet Rocks introduces study of groundwater and its place in the water cycle, how it
is formed, its importance as a resource, and the complexities of groundwater management.


A useful index to materials to help with the identification of weeds was published by Moreton Bay Regional Council in its Voluntary Conservation Programs Update Newsletter of May 2020. Thanks to Council for permission to republish this index here. Click on the image above to bring up a PDF that contains the hotlinks to the various resources identified.

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The Queensland Government’s Long Paddock website has provided climate and pasture information to the grazing community since 1995. The site provides access to rainfall and pasture outlooks and decision-support tools to support land management decision-making and planning for landholders, educators, consultants and extension officers.

The SILO site, a component of the Long Paddock, is a database of Australian climate data from 1889 to the present. It provides daily meteorological datasets for a range of climate variables in ready-to-use formats.

Algal blooms were evident in the lower Pumicestone Passage and on Bribie Island beaches late in October 2019.  This media report aims to dispel some myths that these phenomena are “natural” events without human influence. A potential solution (constructed wetlands to alleviate stormwater impacts) is flagged. Sewage is also a major contributor to phosphorus pollution in Moreton Bay.  The aquatic systems are under stress: these warning signs need to be heeded.

 

Benefit-cost analysis (BCA, also called cost-benefit analysis) is a tool commonly used to estimate the economic consequences of a new project.  A development with a ratio greater than 1:1 is said to be economically worthwhile. However, the technique is really valid only for comparing two projects at the one time using an identical method, because estimates by different economists usually adopt different methods or assumptions.

Howard Guille has written an insightful explanation of benefit-cost analysis focused on the Toondah Harbour project, near Cleveland. The article is reproduced with the permission of the author and the Redlands 2030 community website.


The three-co-organisers of the July Rangelands Policy Dialogue have approved of a one-page Declaration, download here. The three parties – The Royal Society of Queensland, AgForce and NRM Regions Queensland – have issued the following statement.

“The Rangelands Declaration is not an action plan. It is a statement of principles, emphasising the lack of widely supported policy solutions to a range of economic and environmental pressures and the absence of satisfactory forums to resolve differences of opinion. But it is more than just a resolution to write an action plan in the future. It is a commitment to embark on a journey of discovery together. Continue reading

The Society seeks to increase awareness of and respect for intellectual inquiry in Queensland. It encourages original scholarly research and the application of scientific knowledge and evidence-based method to policy-making and decision-making. The Society provides a forum for scientists and lay people to involve themselves in the progress of science in society, with ‘science’ defined broadly.

The Society is not politically aligned. It does not campaign on social or environmental issues and is not involved in the republican movement. It networks between disciplinary specialists, government and the community; holds seminars crossing disciplinary and sectoral silos; and publishes the annual Proceedings. Continue reading