February 2020 – National Parks Association of Queensland

Monthly Archives: February 2020

Ranger Profile: Omar Bakhach

Omar Bakhach is a Senior Ranger in the South East Queensland Region, based on the Sunshine Coast. While volunteering for cassowary conservation in Mission Beach in the late 1980s, and showing his father-in-law around the rainforest, an ‘off the cuff’ comment—“You’d make a good ranger!”—set him on the path to becoming a Park Ranger. Omar […]

Magnetic Island National Park

With 90% of its roughly 50km2 covered in native vegetation, Magnetic Island holds great nature viewing opportunities. “Maggie”, as it is known, is a tropical, continental island separated from the mainland by 4.5km of shallow sea. The island’s fauna and flora is driven by its highly seasonal wet-dry climate and the underlying geology. The geology […]

Wildlife after severe fire in springtime in mountain forests of SEQ: a few notes

The advice provided in this article is for private land only, and perhaps Council land with permission. National Parks have a strictly hands-off policy, so nothing should be provided there. Fire is a natural phenomenon in many Australian ecosystems. Many of our open forest and heathland plants have adaptations to deal with it, and many […]

Large hadroid land snails of south-eastern Queensland protected areas

Queensland has a sizeable number of large to very large land snails typically referred to as the hadroid snails, belonging to the family Camaenidae. A number of lineages are involved and this article features one such genus of Dark and Banded Snails from south-eastern Queensland whose species chiefly inhabit rainforest and dry vine thickets along […]

The National Park Experience: Personal reflection on why our parks must be valued (Summer 2019-2020)

I personally value the natural environment, and for me, national parks are a way to both protect nature and experience it. One of my favourite parks is D’Aguilar: it’s close to home with plenty of engaging walks and camping opportunities. D’Aguilar’s relative proximity to Brisbane city serves to frame the remainder of my remarks, as […]

From the President – Protected Magazine Summer 2019-2020

Welcome to a new edition of Protected and a new decade! I hope you all enjoyed family and Christmas celebrations whilst no doubt being concerned/alarmed by the ongoing drought, associated fires with loss of life, property and wildlife. This edition contains articles on our recently held Ecotourism Seminar and the ensuing debate, on wildlife after […]

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