Gliders in the spotlight
Gliders in the Spotlight is a QGN program that trains community groups to identify gliders and their habitat. By delivering workshops and teaching survey techniques, knowledge and skills are developed within each group, and encourages ongoing monitoring of gliders in their area. While experiencing an enjoyable outdoor activity that promotes nature appreciation, the priority is to collect data to assist in the conservation of gliders and their habitat.
Mahogany glider recovery project
This project is giving the Cardwell community, rangers and volunteers an opportunity to be involved in nestbox monitoring in mahogany glider habitat around the Cardwell area. Our local WPSQ Tully Branch is actively working to save this endangered glider from extinction.
2011 - Check out the latest news on the mahogany glider project post Cyclone Yasi.
2010 - WPSQ Tully Branch undertook planting of mahogany glider feed trees.
2008-2009 - joint project with WPSQ Tully Branch, EPA and Tully Alliance installed:
- 52 glider den boxes at Corduroy Creek
- glider poles and rope bridges across the Bruce Highway
- highway signage and IP cameras at glider crossing points
2007 - QGN project officer visited schools and undertook nest box installation.
2002 - Mahogany glider education kit distributed.
Flinders Karawatha Corridor Project
QGN established an ongoing project in 2011 on glider population conservation within the Flinders Karawatha corridor. QGN’s role includes monitoring existing nest boxes as well as linking fragmented glider populations through additional nest box installation.
Nest box monitoring - glider occupancy
Nest Box Monitoring with QGN
Photo © Maki Sumitani
Each monitoring round assists us in tracking whether local glider populations are persisting, as well as the effectiveness of the installation of nest boxes as a conservation method. Other species recorded include common brushtail possums, short-eared mountain possums, lace monitors, pale-headed rosellas, rainbow lorikeets, native bees, native ants and red triangle slugs.
We run glider identification evenings and optional monitoring trips twice a year. These are free for members and $5 for non-members. If you would like to head into our Brisbane city office for an hour in April or October to find out more about our furry gliding friends, email our office for dates and times.
To see our video on nestbox monitoring, just click on the image above.
The Queensland Glider Network collects data on threats to gliders leading to their admission into vets, wildlife hospitals and care, in order to provide a better understanding over time of the dangers to gliders in Brisbane.
Data collected over the past two years suggests that the greatest single cause for admissions was gliders being orphaned - but without sufficient data about the mother; however, the leading cause of injury to the gliders was entanglement in barbed wire or a fence - an issue humans can assist in reducing through alternative fencing options. Closely following entanglement was domestic cat attack. This is another injury that we can reduce by more closely managing pets – and keeping cats in at night.
Through raising awareness of alternatives to barbed wire, and about responsible pet ownership, we can help reduce the number of gliders these threats impact on.
A very encouraging element to this data is the number of gliders that were rehabilitated (over 60%) and though combined percentages of euthanasia and unassisted death totalled approximately 37%, the rehabilitation rates demonstrate the positive impact of our wildlife hospitals, carers and vets.
For an 'at a glance' reference to carers in your area, visit our rescue and care page. In addition, data on threats to gliders leading to their admission will be compiled providing a better understanding of the dangers to gliders in Brisbane.
Community Engagement and Education
Our QGN presenters visit schools as well as youth and community groups
to deliver glider education talks and raise awareness about the 6 species. In addition, our regular spotlights offer the chance to improve community knowledge and interest in gliders and their habitat requirements.
Scouting for gliders
This project is an exciting program of educational and fun activities for scout and guide groups in Brisbane. A glider researcher and a science education specialist teaches glider identification through visual cues, sounds and spotlighting techniques as well identifying food and habitat trees. Nestboxes can also be installed near scout and guide huts so that participants can monitor populations and build on the skills they have learned. The program was launched in 2009 with Salisbury Scouts, the Gap Girl Guides, and Narangba Scouts, and we continue to work with the Scouts Queensland Environmental Commissioner to develop programs contributing to the Environmental Badge requirements.