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Welcome to your March edition for 2020.

Weathering the storm

The Moreton Bay Foundation extends our concern for all members and supporters who have been impacted by COVID19 measures. We're doing our bit to help flatten the curve: working from home, meeting virtually and social distancing.

Lessons from Koalas

Koalas are one of natures most solitary animals. South East Queensland including the islands of Moreton Bay are important habitat for Australia's vulnerable koala population.
Koalas, particularly females, have established territories that are well respected. They will hug a tree in preference to another koala. Some lessons from koalas during the COVID crisis - stay at home, enjoy your own company, don't hug others and take some time to rest.
(Photo by Trucy Trippet - Koala on Minjerribah)

DGR status granted

A spot of bright news was received by TMBF recently. We have been formally approved as a Registered Environmental Organisation by the Australian Government.
This status means that donors may now be eligible for a tax deduction under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, and our work towards a brighter future for Moreton Bay can be amplified. 
We look forward to working with our supporters when the current economic climate improves.

Censusing the Aliens

Research students find a native Polychete worm.

The Censusing the Aliens Project funded by the Moreton Bay Foundation got underway at the end of September 2019. This project is not concerned with UFOs and extra-terrestrials arriving in Moreton Bay. It is about documenting changes in the species living in the Bay.

Over time animals and plants naturally seek out new places to live, and most of the time these organisms end up in areas which are not suitable for them and so over the short to medium term species tend to occupy the same geographic areas.
A number of things can disrupt this normal pattern, including human activities which change the nature of the environment at a location, and so make it suitable for a different set of species. Examples would include pollution, physical changes to the environment such as building new sea walls and changing the temperature for example by releasing warm water from a power station. Human activities can also assist species to find these new habitats by transporting them on the hulls of ships, in ballast water in large cargo vessels or as a stow-away amongst aquaculture stock.
With global heating we are already seeing examples of species changing their geographic distributions – tropical species are turning up in the sub-tropics, sub-tropical species are invading the temperate zone and temperate species are moving into the polar regions. Polar species have no-where to go!
Moreton Bay is potentially a key site for observing these shifts as it lies at the boundary of the warm waters flowing south along the Queensland coast and the cooler water flowing north from NSW. It also receives a large amount of commercial shipping traffic as a result of the successful Port of Brisbane.
The Moreton Bay and Goodman Foundations are sponsoring the Censusing the Aliens project to investigate the scale of these changes using the animals and plants that live on the Bays rocky shores and sea walls as sentinels of ecological change. The study is led by Professors Chris Frid and Kylie Pitt from Griffith University and is a collaboration between Griffith University, QUT, University of Queensland and the University of the Sunshine Coast.
The first surveys occurred between September and November. Teams visited shores throughout the Bay and surveyed the shores for potential new colonists. 70 specimens and 100 photographs were collected by the project teams and are currently being identified. Suspected ‘aliens’ will be referred to specialists at the Queensland Museum for confirmation of its status.
Survey teams consisted of students from the areas universities who put their newly acquired knowledge and skills to use, and included local and interstate and international students, from New Zealand, Brazil, France, China the UK and USA. The surveys provided the volunteers with an opportunity to gain experience, build familiarity with our native animals and plants and to build networks and friendships across the community – and to identify potential aliens!
The 2019 surveys can provide a baseline for future repeat surveys that will provide an on-going assessment of the changes in Moreton Bay driven by human activities.
Apply to be an intern or volunteer

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