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Three webinars organised by the Royal Societies of Australia (with the involvement of The Royal Society of Queensland) were stimulating events giving plenty of food for thought. The public is encouraged to watch the events on the QSN Facebook page.

This series of three virtual events represented a collaboration between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experts, industry practitioners, thinkers and the Royal Societies of Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales with support from the CSIRO. ‘Country’ is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander term used widely with strong connections to community,  culture, identity, and language. ‘Stewardship’ describes a deep and custodial relationship between people and place.

The organisers intend to summarise the presentations and discussion and compile a synthesis submission to policy-makers. Also, the Royal Society of Victoria intends to publish the submitted papers in a special issue of its journal.

Welcome to the fourth edition of the QSN Newsletter. Table of Contents follows:

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Welcome to the third edition of the QSN Newsletter. Highlights include:

  • Table of QSN Partner Newsletters produced
  • Research Fund grants open – QCF 2021 grants, Inspiring Citizen Science Grants
  • Dr Cathy Foley – New Australian Chief Scientist
  • Results-Aussie Backyard Bird count
  • Brisbane’s Big Butterfly Count field day continues until March 2021
  • Teaching Resource – Local Birds in S.E. Queensland app.
  • QCC analysis of recent Queensland elections
  • Political parties’ platforms
  • Entomological Society – The Dung Beetle Date
  • ACSA – Publication listing for Citizen Science for September 2020
  • Editors Excerpts from Exceptional Articles.

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Welcome to the second edition of the Newsletter. Highlights include:

  • Research Fund grants open – Royal Society Queensland, citizen science encouraged
  • Dr Geoff Monteith honoured
  • New Australian butterfly stamps
  • Anyone interested in study on Norfolk Island?
  • Expedition Solar System – Teaching resource
  • Guidelines to Indigenous knowledge
  • Political parties’ platforms
  • OzFish agenda
  • World Rivers Day
  • Citizen science opportunities – birds, weather, Trove, mozzies.

QSN Members and Newsletter Subscribers have an opportunity to order copies of a new book at a significant discount to the recommended retail price:

The Long Enlightenment: Australian Science from its Beginnings to the Mid-20th Century. Sample pages and a Table of Contents accompany this message.
Download the Newsletter here (1.645 MB). Editor Col Lynam (col.lynam AT gmail.com) welcomes feedback on this Newsletter and items for the next edition.

The Royal Society of Queensland has published A Rangelands Dialogue: Towards a Sustainable Future , being a Special Issue of the Proceedings of The Royal Society of Queensland. The volume is a compilation of some 26 papers – short communications and opinion pieces –arising from the July 2019 Rangelands Policy Dialogue. The complete volume (43 MB) and the individual articles are available online free of charge. Printed copies may be ordered from the Society, rsocqld AT gmail.com.

Fire and Biodiversity Consortium to expand reach across Queensland

The South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium (SEQFBC) has expanded its reach to cover the whole of Queensland. The new name is Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium (QFBC).  

This statewide expansion reflects the increased demand from landholders and stakeholders to receive the high-quality products and services provided by the QFBC. Established in 1998, one of the oldest collaborative fire programs in Australia, the success and value of the QFBC is underscored by the collaborative, tenure-blind approach to fire management. 

The QFBC comprises a network of land managers and stakeholders committed to improving fire and biodiversity management outcomes, supporting and distributing fire ecology research, facilitating partnerships between key stakeholders and building the capacity of land managers and private land owners to address issues of fire management and biodiversity in the South East Queensland (SEQ) region and across Queensland.
According to Dr Samantha Lloyd, Manager of QFBC, the focus will remain with current partners, the majority of whom are based in SEQ. “We have a number of state-based partners and requests for our services and resources outside of SEQ continue to increase. … The prospect of engaging with the wider Queensland community will enrich our network and strengthen our support base,” Lloyd said. 

The QFBC is a flagship program of Healthy Land and Water, an independent not-for-profit organisation and the regional delivery body for the federal Government’s National Regional Land Partnerships program.

“One of the key strengths of the QFBC is the number and diversity of partners, who enabled the growth and reach across Queensland. We look forward to working with new stakeholders across Queensland and to help facilitate fire and land management outcomes for the environment and community,” said Julie McLellan, CEO of Healthy Land and Water. 

The first issue of a Newsletter for the Queensland Science Network was published on 7 August 2020. This new initiative is intended partly to showcase the work of the scientific and natural history groups who comprise the Network, and partly to bring items of general scientific interest to the attention of the public.

Download the Newsletter here (2.539 MB). Editor Col Lynam (col.lynam AT gmail.com) welcomes feedback on this Newsletter and items for the next edition.

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.

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