ANNUAL KOALA SURVEY
Koala sightings wanted!
20 & 21 October 2012
Redland City Council and the local Koala Action Group need your help with the annual Redlands Koala Count-a-thon Survey.
Please report all koala sounds or sightings in the Redlands during the survey weekend on October 20 and 21.
Phone 3820 1103 between 8am and 5pm.
Tell us – where you spotted a koala.
Koala sighting information is critical in helping to protect our local koalas.
How to Spot a Koala
Scats or droppings at the base of the tree, under the branches or on walkways and pathways.
Scratches on tree trunks or shredded bark on the trunk or as the base of a tree.
Check ALL trees:
Most people only look for koalas in eucalypt trees, but they will also use other trees to rest and shelter in, especially in urban areas.
Koalas will also use casuarinas, melaleucas, poinciana, bottle brush, fig trees, palm trees… just about any trees.
The weather can help you:
On hot days koalas can often be found up high catching the breeze or in dense shady trees such as mango, malaleucas, fig trees or macarangas.
On cold days they will nestle into a fork of a tree or on a branch in a nice sunny spot.
HOW TO SPOT A KOALA IN THE WILD
At the time of European settlement in Australia, there were millions of koalas in the wild. Now, due to deforestation, road accidents, dog attacks and bushfires, the population of koalas has declined significantly.
In fact, the Australian Koala Foundation estimates that there are currently less than 100,000 koalas left in the wild. While this means that it’s harder to spot the furry marsupials in the wild, there are a few things you can do to increase your chances.
Koalas can be quite secretive and solitary creatures, so you will often need patience when trying to spot one in its natural habitat. A good sign that a koala is in the vicinity is if you see a Eucalypt tree with its branches partially stripped bare of foliage. Scan the rest of the tree’s branches and you might see a koala in its midst (particularly if it is a Forest Red Gum or Queensland Blue Gum). Also keep an eye out for koala droppings or a strong smell, which male koalas leave on the trees to mark their territories. One of the best places in Southeast Queensland to spot a koala is in Redlands Shire near Moreton Bay.