Are you interested in attending some of the many revegetation projects in our local area? Weather its to stabalise foreshores, create wildlife corridores & habitat or revegetate degraded areas there are tree planting activities taking place all the time.
Some local inititative are:
Tree Force - www.treeforce.org.au/,
Kuranda EnviroCare - www.envirocare.org.au/get-involved2.html
Holloways Beach Coast Care - www.facebook.com/events/building-community-holloways-beach-coast-care-activity/1519091845010848/
Marine Debris Initiatives
Marine Debris Clean ups
Are you interested in helping protect our marine environment by helping pick up marine debris? Join Tangaroa Blue www.tangaroablue.org/tangaroa-media/event-calendar.html to get involved in the action. These guys do not only collect marine debris but enter in into the Australian Marine Debris Initiative's Database to get an understanding of what is predominately washing up and coming up with source reduction plans to stop it at its source
Cairns And Far North Environment Centre carry out Drain Stencilling activities on occasion. This activity involves stencilling street drains with spray paint to raise public awareness. It reads "THIS DRAIN LEADS TO THE SEA" and has pictures of marine animals. It is a fun and interactive activity for the whole family to be involved in. If you wish to participate in one of these events follow the link below or contact Cairns And Far North Environment Centre and ask about their Drain Stencil Project.
Flora & Fauna Monitoring Projects
Mangroves are indicators of environmental impact and the health of waterways: by collecting baseline data on the health of mangroves in the Cairns Region we can monitor the ecosystem over time. The MangroveWatch program is designed to be run by members of the community, who actively collect the data via video shoreline assessment, as well as visual assessment. Mangrove Watchers record mangrove habitat condition by filming mangrove shorelines using the Shoreline Video Assessment Method (S-VAM). For more Information and how to get involved go to /get-involved/mangrovewatch-cairns-chapter/ .
Why not help Kuranda's endemic and endangered Kuranda Tree Frog (Litoria myola) by joining Kuranda EnviroCare on their Frog Monitoring Project. Put on your boots and head torch and head out to listen and record frog calls. The data is collected and analysed collaboratively with Dr Conrad Hoskins from JCU's College of Sceience & Engineering to understand trends in these frog populations. For more information on dates and times vist Kuranda EnviroCare's website at: www.envirocare.org.au/frog-monitoring-project.html
The Aussie Back Yard Bird Count is an annual bird count carried out by citizens just like you and me. It is a great way to help collect data to help understand native and invasive bird populations. It is also a great way to get to know the birds in your backyard and local area. You just have to download the app and wait for the event to begin. You can count as many times as you like over the week, they just ask that each count is completed over a 20-minute period.