Rising temperatures and increased frequency of extreme weather events is changing the distribution of species on Queensland’s tropical islands.
St Bees Island off the coast of Queensland is a tropical paradise rich in biodiversity, such as koalas, wallabies, reptiles, birds and many native plants. However, communities of both plant and animal species on the island are shifting due to climate change and some species are in rapid decline.
On this expedition, you will hike with researchers across the rugged island to better understand how climate change is impacting the landscape. You will document the nature of these changes by undertaking surveys of plant species, observing koalas and wallabies, bird watching and recording small reptiles and invertebrates.
The data gathered will help scientists and land managers to adapt traditional management strategies (e.g. strategic use of fire) to account for the changing conditions.
By joining this expedition, you’ll be helping to ensure this tropical paradise remains a diverse species community for generations to come, whilst enjoying the island environment.