Spotlighting success

squirrel glider
Squirrel glider

Last night 15 enthusiastic people attended KBCB Northside Squirrel Glider Monitoring Project Spotlighting Night Walk.

For just over 2 1/2 hours we traversed Boondall Western Extension Bushland Reserve enjoying humidity and mosquitos while we searched for elusive Squirrel Glider!

Along way we spotted:

  • Common Brushtail Possum (5)
  • Striped Marsh Frog (heard)
  • Forest Kingfisher
  • Lesser Wanderer Butterfly
  • Monarch Butterfly
  • Tailed Emporor Butterfly
  • plenty of grasshoppers-toads-spiders
  • Tawny Frogmouth (4)
  • Common Ringtail Possum
  • and finally… during last 50m of walk… Damian White (our ecologist leading walk) spotted a Squirrel Glider! (pictured)
Leaf curling spider
Leaf curling spider

After being told earlier in week a recent study in Brisbane Entertainment Centre had not found any squirrel gliders, we were so excited to come across this little one at edge of reserve. The glider didn’t seem to be bothered as it started to preen and groom itself as we watched on from below!

KBCB would like to thank ecologists Damian White and Narelle Power for leading both spotlighting night walks at Ferny Grove and Boondall. Your passion and knowledge for wildlife and environment is brilliant!

We would also like acknowledge funding support from Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor’s Environment Grant.