Koala count success
ISIS Bushcare members joined the Koala Care Fraser Coast group at Tinana, just south of Maryborough, to gather and record data that could help save the local koala population.
The count was part of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland’s annual Community Koala Count.
The number of koala sightings will form a baseline for future counts to determine how population numbers have changed, and if any action has to be taken to help the vulnerable mammal.
Koala Care Fraser Coast wildlife conservationist Natalie Richardson organised and led the count on several properties and parks in the Tinana area.
With Isis Bushcare eager to help, it was a great way to increase awareness and encourage others to become involved in koala conservation while collecting vital information on the location of koalas in the area.
On the lookout for koalas, Natalie provided tips on scanning trees, checking tree trunks for markings and searching for scats.
These tips proved to be invaluable as the group sighted four koalas, with one providing the highlight of the day as it carried a young joey in its pouch.
KOALA CLUES: Carol Hawkshaw from Isis Bushcare (left) and Natalie Richardson from Fraser Coast Koala Care (right) find markings on a tree trunk.