QSN collects data on quoll populations, threats and conservation initiatives to better understand how to support their continued existence in Queensland.
Network members contribute in many ways - helping out at Quoll Discovery Days, writing articles for our publications, fundraising, office support, and assisting with our education program. Above all, members help to raise the profile of quolls in the broader community.
These are QSN's most recent projects and campaigns:
Scenic Rim regional survey program 2013
Photo © Wildlife Queensland
Thanks to funding from the Scenic Rim Regional Council, Quoll Seekers Network commenced a survey program in early 2013. By late April, we had success - and 'captured' a quoll on camera in the Mt Alford area!
Surveys are continuing and the funds have also contributed towards a 'Quoll discovery experience', local landholder engagement and travel expenses. QSN is now looking for financial support so it can continue surveys in this area. You can help - please 'adopt a quoll'.
Read the media release - April 2013.
Looking out for Quolls in Logan 2011-2014
Our latest project 'Looking out for Quolls in Logan' is a 3 year program which will build on the survey work undertaken in 2006 by Scott Burnett and Ivell Whyte in the northern section of the then Beaudesert Shire, as well as addressing possible sightings in other areas. Wildlife Queensland is very grateful to Logan City Council for the funding to get this exciting project underway.
Photo © www.ataglance.com.au
For the 2011 – 2012 year thus far, funding provided by the Logan City Council’s Envirogrant program assisted with QSN field surveys from April – July 2012, and 2 successful Quoll Discovery Day events – one held in Greenbank in October 2011, and the most recent one in Jimboomba in August 2012.
Despite a number of community sighting records that continue to be reported from the Logan area, no quolls have been detected on camera during the field surveys this year. However we are still hopeful quolls will be successfully captured on camera during the 2013 survey effort.
Read the latest update on this project.
Photo © Jo McLellan
Uncertain future for Cullendore quoll population 2012
In 2011, local residents of the Elbow Valley in south east Queensland alerted Wildlife Queensland to a proposed mega-resort development at Cherrabah near Warwick. They fear this development will have local environmental implications including a serious impact on the spotted-tailed quoll population and other threatened species.
In August 2012, Wildlife Queensland prepared a submission highlighting the threats to spotted-tailed quolls in the area if the development was approved, and we are currently waiting on the outcome.
A PhD thesis published in 2008 by Meyer-Gleaves titled 'Ecology and Conservation of the Spotted-tailed Quoll (Dasyurus maculatus maculatus) in Southern Queensland' focussed its study on the site called Cullendore, consisiting of two adjacent properties including Cherrabah.
Photo © Amanda Ainley
To help understand the significance of this quoll population and the implications of further habitat disturbance, read a summary of the Meyer-Gleaves PhD thesis.
If you would like to support the petition by local residents against the development, go to the July 2011 News Page.
For more details on these and other activities, see resources, news and information below as well as the Network Newsletters.