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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 bequests@wildlife.org.au or phone 3844 0129 for further information.

I am pleased to present Newsletter Number 7-2021 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. Apologies to subscribers/members who clicked on this link between 7 pm on 26 August and 12.05 pm on 27 August and who received an error message.

Included in this issue:


Snippets of general science information from Society members are welcome. Please contact me on the email address below.

Col Lynam
Editor, QSN Newsletter

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.


The Ecological Society of Australia is excited to announce that the 2021 “Ecology in Action” Photography Competition is now open. Prizes include $450 for first, second and third in each category, $500 for overall Best Image, and $400 for Best Portfolio. The judges may also award a number of Highly Commended awards where merited. This year, the competition includes the following categories:

  • Out Standing in the Field: Ecologists in Action
  • Niches and Hollows: Adaptive Behaviour and Australian Biodiversity
  • Beneath Southern Skies: Unique Australian Landscapes
  • New Category – Beauty in the Beast: Australian Invertebrates

Our new category, Beauty in the Beast: Australian Invertebrates, seeks to showcase the diversity and beauty of Australian invertebrates, from dragonflies, spiders, and worms to sea stars, cuttlefish and corals. These taxa are fascinating but all around the world they are under represented in academic research, news media, and even photography competitions! This has real world implications, making it difficult to identify and understand the many threats they face, foster public support for their survival, and ultimately secure conservation funding and threatened species listings. ‘Beauty in the Beast’ is an opportunity to show how interesting, impressive and important these ‘beasties’ really are.

For those of you in areas under lockdown, we hope that this category will provide an opportunity to participate by photographing the fascinating creatures in your own homes and backyards like caterpillars, beetles, millipedes, bees and butterflies. 

Entries close Sunday 14 November and can be submitted via our website here.

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.

A recent observation of a migrant Tawny Coster butterfly has stimulated the interest of entomologists and citizen scientists. Dawn Franzmann tells the story in:

Mating of the Tawny Coster, Acraea terpsicore (Linnaeus 1758) with a Glasswing, A. andromacha (Fabricius 1775), (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Heliconiinae) observed at Boondall Wetlands, Boondall, Brisbane, Qld .

The article first appeared in Metamorphosis Australia, the magazine of QSN member body Butterfly and Other Invertebrates Club. All materials in Metamorphosis Australia are copyright to the authors, artists, photographers and the Butterfly & Other Invertebrates Club Inc., (except when indicated).  We thank BOIC for permission to re-publish this item.

Forthcoming Events
8:00 am Rangelands Conference
Rangelands Conference
Oct 4 @ 8:00 am – Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm
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7:30 pm Bushfire – an Intensifying Risk ... @ At RGSQ premises
Bushfire – an Intensifying Risk ... @ At RGSQ premises
Oct 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
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