Dr Barbara Baehr is an arachnologist based at the Queensland Museum. She has described over 600 species of spiders to date. Dr Baehr made headlines in July when she and colleagues described five new species of Australian jumping spider.
The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service is currently updating Management Plans for the Park estate. This is a large and important task and funding for implementation will likely become an issue.
In August 2018 arachnologist Robert Whyte participated in the inaugural Cooloola Coast BioBlitz, leading a team of naturalists to explore sites on Carlo Road, Searys Creek and Inskip Point, not imagining in his wildest dreams the number of new spider species they would find.
The extreme summer and resultant burning has caused the service to reconsider pre-emptive fire management. It is generally accepted that more heat, less reliable summer rains and more frequent fires are likely to be the norm for land managers.
Welcome to the Spring edition of Protected. This edition features a description of the consequence of fire in one national park as well as consideration of where we are at in terms of our biodiversity.