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:
Extending quoll habitat around D'Aguilar National Park 2014
Wildlife Queensland received an exciting Christmas gift in 2013 - we now have approval to start surveys for the spotted-tailed quoll around D’Aguilar National Park. Thanks to funding from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Wildlife Queensland will team up with Land For Wildlife property owners to search for quolls in this new area.
Infrared camera set up in Scenic Rim
Photo © Alina Zwar
The 18-month project will:
- plant 500 native trees
- undertake 10 hectares of weed control
- host a Quoll Discovery Day and information session within the community
- install infrared cameras to monitor fauna.
The journey will begin with the Quoll Discovery Day held at the Caboolture Regional Environment Education Centre (CREEC), 150 Rowley Road, Burpengary. This day promises to be a lot of fun for families, and will feature renowned guest speaker Dr Scott Burnett passing on his personal knowledge and experience in working with the quoll species for over 10 years. Geckoes Wildlife Presentations will also be joining us and bringing along a live quoll - a rare treat for all! We encourage everyone curious about quolls to come along. There will be volunteer opportunities for surveys, weed control and revegetation. For details of this event, click here.
The quoll camera surveys are set to follow in mid-2014. This will see our wonderful volunteers lace up their boots and do some serious bushwalking. Infrared cameras will be installed onto private properties that border D’Aguilar National Park. Our high hopes for this project revolve around these cameras as they become our eyes and capture images of any animal passing by. Wildlife Queensland’s experienced volunteers know just how important it is to select the right locations for these cameras and will spend many hours scouting for them.
Quoll captured on infrared camera in Scenic Rim
Photo © Wildlife Queensland
The final phase of the project will be to extend and improve the natural habitat of the spotted-tailed quoll in this area. The camera surveys will provide a good indication of where these animals live, and together with Land For Wildlife members and Wildlife Queensland volunteers we will embark on the hard yards – weed control! Hacking out weeds is not a glamorous job but our committed volunteers always get stuck into it, and with 10 hectares to cover we will need all hands on deck.
Wildlife Queensland is excited about this project as it will allow us to extend our survey range. Surveys to date have focused on the Scenic Rim and Logan areas, but given recent road kill incidents and sightings in D’Aguilar , it is time to scout further afield for these cryptic creatures. Following our success in capturing a live quoll on camera in the Scenic Rim, Wildlife Queensland is now determined to do the same in D’Aguilar. And we need your help. Book your chance at the Quoll Discovery Day to help Wildlife Queensland spot the spotted-tailed quoll!
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.