Koala count suc­cess

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

KOALA CLUES: Carol Hawk­shaw from Isis Bush­care (left) and Natalie Richard­son from Fraser Coast Koala Care (right) find mark­ings on a tree trunk.

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