Wildlife Conservancy of Tropical Queensland
Our Conservation & Environmental Programmes
The range of projects in which the Conservancy is involved includes:
- Brolga and Sarus Crane Interactions: The Reserve is one of north Queensland's key regular dry season crane roosts and the Conservancy has partnered with Charles Darwin University and the International Crane Foundation (www.savingcranes.org) to conduct research across the Atherton Tablelands and Gulf Savannah, to establish how these magnificent species interact and how best to plan for their conservation.
- Crane Week: This is a joint initiative of the Tablelands Regional Council and the Conservancy (www.craneweek.org) and is designed to raise the profile of cranes in Australia through cross-sectoral community activities.
- Gouldian Finch Reintroduction: This is an ongoing project, commenced in 1999 and is aimed at restoring globally threatened Gouldian Finches as breeding birds to the Reserve and the surrounding area. Tasks include daily feeding and maintenance of the captive population, monitoring of released birds and habitat restoration under a WWF funded initiative. Click here for information about our Gouldian Finch Reintroduction Program.
- Fire Management: Fire is an essential conservation management tool on the Reserve. At certain times of the year, the Conservancy welcomes and trains volunteers to assist with annual controlled savanna burns. This project is accessible in June/July and September to November.
- Wildlife Monitoring and Mapping: Volunteers can participate in the ongoing monitoring and mapping of the biodiversity of the Reserve. Survey work is carried out daily, following wildlife identification training. Locations of species sightings are logged with a handheld GPS and entered into the Conservancy's databases. One species about which little is known is an undescribed Monitor species.
- Buff-breasted Buttonquail Project: This project is aimed at establishing the range and numbers of one of the world's rarest birds, which is known to breed on the Reserve. The Buff-breasted Buttonquail is down to approximately 200 pairs in the wild, of which the Reserve is thought to provide breeding habitat for up to 20. Volunteers are needed to survey the Reserve for this and other species as part of the Conservancy's ongoing conservation monitoring programme. This project is accessible throughout the year.
Become A Volunteer
Without the invaluable assistance of our volunteers, many of these environmental intitiatives would be impossible. If you would like to become a volunteer, contact us.