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Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland

Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland


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Wildlife needs your help. Wildlife Queensland is keen to ensure that through our actions, we can encourage everyone to gain an appreciation of wildlife and its habitat, leading to a greater understanding of the challenges and pressures it increasingly faces.

We focus on…

Protecting Wildlife….

Wildlife Queensland is ‘Your Voice for your Wildlife’’. We speak out against those who are intent on destroying wildlife habitat: by monitoring wildlife populations we draw attention to their plight and by consulting with government departments we make our views known at every level.

We successfully helped to stop the recreational hunting of duck and quail in Queensland and we are vocal in opposing the introduction of gill netting and the proposal for targeted killing of rays and sharks. Read more about our conservation efforts to help protect wildlife and their habitat.

Influencing Choices….

Crucial changes are needed to halt the destructive nature of many types of reckless and relentless development. Our determination has resulted in many conservation wins in recent decades – read all about our achievements such as the Great Barrier Reef campaign and our efforts to stop logging and sand-mining on Fraser Island.

Our wildlife campaigns provide hope for those who feel helpless in the face of the many threats to global biodiversity such as diminishing resources such as water and the need for sustainable energy sources. We also assist and advise people who have both desirable and less-desired encounters with animals. For instance how to deal with finding a snake hiding in the kitchen or a brush turkey digging up the garden.

Engaging Communities…..

As a state-wide organisation, WPSQ works in cooperation with government, business and other conservation groups to develop policies to ensure the protection of our state’s natural heritage such as the Great Barrier Reef, mallee country, rivers and catchments, rainforests, mangrove and other coastal ecosystems.

We provide onground actions which are out of the ordinary and highly educational for most Australians, leaving people feeling that they have contributed something positive and real to the world.

Much of this work is done locally through our network of branches.

Bayside Branch, located in the Brisbane area, campaigns to protect Moreton Bay and koala habitat. The branch organises Moreton Bay cruises, spotlights for koalas, greater gliders and other nocturnal wildlife and supports a native plant nursery.

Brisbane Branch pioneered ecotourism in the city of Brisbane with its tremendously popular Batty Boat cruises and continues to support urban dwellers in the quest to keep our back yards ‘wildlife-friendly’ and environmentally interesting.’

Upper Dawson Branch campaigns for wise use of water in the Dawson River catchment. The branch has field trips each year to areas of natural interest such as the sandstone ecosystems of Isla Gorge National Park, the region’s unique mound springs known as ‘boggomosses’ and various locations along the track followed by Ludwig Leichhardt when he explored this area 150 years ago.

Join Wildlife Queensland today – and help us make the environment a priority for decision-makers!

HOW WE DO IT

We are a non-profit incorporated association with no political affiliations. We have over 3500 supporters linked through a simple structure consisting of an elected governing council, specialised staff and dedicated volunteers at head office in Brisbane and branches throughout the state.

Our members come from all walks of life – professionals, retirees, students, enthusiastic amateurs from a huge variety of backgrounds in business, industry, agriculture, government, the arts, science, education – all with a common interest in wildlife and our natural environment. As individuals, we all have unique talents and experiences. In a community group, we can learn from each other, build on these talents and be more effective and influential where it matters most.

What distinguishes us from other conservation groups is our network of branches across Queensland, providing grassroots knowledge and action at the local level. Our strength lies in our ability to translate problems into practical solutions – community participation, however small or large, is the key.

Our budget is small – but our passion for the cause is big. We don’t let monetary shortfalls deter us from achieving our goals – there’s no quick wins in conservation. When you donate to Wildlife Queensland, you know that your generosity pays off and your contribution is evident.

Join our Wildlife Protector Program today and help us plan for the future survival of wildlife in Australia!

HOW WE CAN HELP YOU

Do you want to know about wildlife and what is happening in the environment? We’ll help you discover your local wildlife and ways in which you can enjoy nature by learning more about it.

Would you like to make sure the right decisions are made for wildlife in Queensland and in your region? We’ll be your voice for wildlife when decisions are made that affect the environment. We create opportunities for your voice to be heard.

How can you protect Queensland’s wildlife into the future? Work with us on important and exciting projects that support our state’s amazing wildlife. You and your friends can learn the skills to make your home a home for wildlife too.

We have wildlife experts at hand to assist with questions, concerns and suggestions. Come share our passion for wildlife and let us know how we can help you to help wildlife.

HOW YOU CAN HELP US

There are many ways you can contribute to the work of Wildlife Queensland. We welcome support in many different shapes and sizes: become a member or a wildlife protector, volunteer your time on a project or subscribe to Wildlife Australia Magazine. See how you can Support Us.

WILDLIFE QUEENSLAND RESEARCH GRANTS

Wildlife Queensland launched its Student Research Grants Program in 2010 – available to students at Queensland Universities. The 2011 round is now open.

Eligible research projects are those which investigate methods of addressing or reversing the decline in native plant and animal species or their habitat, or other applied conservation outcomes in Queensland. These include biodiversity conservation, vegetation communities and regional ecosystems.

Five grants of $1000 each were awarded in 2010 and another five will be up for grabs in 2011.

YOUR VOICE FOR YOUR WILDLIFE AWARDS

Every year Wildlife Queensland recognises the achievements and efforts of our members through our special award ceremony held at the annual dinner in September. The 2011 nominations are now open.

The categories are:

A successful Wildlife Qld campaign in your region
A new or ongoing Wildlife Qld project involving the community
The Margaret Thorsborne Award for an outstanding contribution by a member.

CONSERVATION

Cassowary family
Photo © Margaret Thorsborne
Wildlife Queensland’s members, volunteers and staff are dedicated to helping protect Australia’s unique wildlife and the natural landscapes, oceans and waterways that are wildlife habitats.

Find out what Wildlife Queensland is doing to support Australian wildlife and its habitat.
Use the information we provide to be active in the conservation of Queensland’s biodiversity.
How does WPSQ support wildlife and conservation?

By raising community awareness through information, education and direct action.
By making it easy for you to have your views heard and take action.
By encouraging decision-making bodies and the community to make the right choices for wildlife and conservation.

CURRENT ISSUES

Conservation is on the agenda at all times, some of the current issues being pursued by Wildlife Queensland can be found in links on the left.

RECENT SUBMISSIONS

Read the summary of recent submissions to find out about WPSQ in action.

We work with decision makers to encourage the best choices for wildlife. One way we do this is by making expert submissions on issues that are likely to have signficant impact on our natural environment and ecosystems.

WILDLIFE QUEENSLAND POLICIES

Wildlife Queensland responds to various conservation issues by representing the shared values of its members across Queensland as articulated through the objectives of the society set out in the constitution. These are translated into a range of of policy documents dealing with areas of particular current concern through a process of consultation and engagement with its members, as well as with professionals and experts in those areas.

Wildlife Queensland’s objectives as set out in the constitution are…

to preserve the fauna and flora of Australia by all lawful means
to educate by all means possible all sections of the community, particularly the young, in an understanding of the principles of conservation and preservation of the natural environment
to discourage by all legal means possible the destruction, exploitation and unnecessary development of any part of the natural environment
to encourage rational land use and proper planning of future development and use of the natural environment and management thereof
Wildlife Queensland has a range of current policies covering areas such as…

Biodiversity conservation
Coastal Development
Endangered Species
Forests
National Parks
Operations Spotter Catcher
Population
Vegetation Management
Water Cycle Management
Wetlands Protection
Wild-dog & Dingo Management
Wildlife Management
Zoos

Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland Head Office

Our head office, located in Brisbane, is the hub of the Society’s work.

We deal with the daily demands of state-wide environmental issues and operate one of Queensland’s largest conservation organisations.

Head office is also the administrative and marketing centre of the country’s leading nature magazine Wildlife Australia.

It is the focal point for major campaigns and policy development and the driving force behind significant wildlife projects. The Society is represented at the local level by a number of volunteer-run branches across Queensland.

EMail

For general enquiries email us at wpsq@wildlife.org.au

Postal Address

95 William Street
BRISBANE, QLD 4000
Australia

Phone

From within Australia: 07 3221 0194
From Outside Australia +61 7 3221 0194

Fax

From within Australia: 07 3221 0701
From Outside Australia +61 7 3221 0701

Web

Or visit our website at www.wildlife.org.au