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Bush Hands Magazine and Events Calendar

Bush hands is council's nature conservation newsletter that keeps you in touch with community nature conservation issues, upcoming events, plant, animal and weed profiles, land management advice and more. 

Bush hands is now electronic

The new bush hands electronic magazine is ready. If you would like to subscribe, please email .

Events calendar

Regular Event  Details  Contact 
Fourth Monday of every month
8.00 am 
Faunawatch walk around of one to two hours - locations to be confirmed. Restriction on numbers may apply.  Book by emailing Paul Smith at   or Jill Chamberlain 5444 2707

Second Wednesday of every month
8.00 am

Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens - Flora waks. Restriction on numbers may apply.

Book by emailing Paul Smith at   or Jill Chamberlain (07) 5444 2707

First and third Wednesday each month excluding December and January
9 am - 10 am
If you enjoy plants and learning about the region's special native plants, their stories and uses, join one of the garden's leisurely guided walks. Meet at the Arts and Ecology Centre entrance, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, Palm Creek Road, Tanawha
Workshop program
February - November 
Adult Art & Ecology Workshops - check website for workshops each month throughout the year at Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens. Further information and bookings.  
July
Sunday 6 July
10.00am - 11.30am
Point Arkwright

Discovering Beach & Ocean Life: Understand our turtles, sharks and whales. Learn how sea urchins, starfish, sea cucumbers move, eat and survive and look closer in rock pools with experts to spot shells, plants & animals– Ocean Life & Coolum Turtle Monitors - Bring wet water shoes for reef walking. ECO-DISCOVERY WORKSHOPS are for kids and their families.

To register visit www.coolumcoastcare.org.au For more information  or 0406605700.

Limited spaces. Gold Coin Donation. Children must be accompanied by adults.

Friday 11 July
9.00am
All day event -
Bus departs Gympie 7am, Eumundi 8am. Meet at Maleny 9am. Buses depart Belli Park 4pm for a 5.30pm return to Maleny and Gympie (Eumundi).

Riparian Roving - A bus tour of Upper Mary Riparian Revegetation Sites. Join the bus at Gympie or Eumundi to begin this adventurous journey from Maleny, rolling down to Conondale and on to Belli Park. Buses return to Maleny and Gympie. Learn about riparian revegetation, considerations and techniques from others.

RSVP by Friday 27th June MRCCC at or 5482 4766 Brush Turkey Enterprises at  or 5494 3642 - Free for staff and volunteers of not-for-profit community groups and for landholders. A $20 donation is asked of government staff or profit-making enterprises. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided.

11 - 13 July
Nambour Showgrounds
Queensland Garden Expo Visit the website for more information http://www.qldgardenexpo.com.au/
Friday 25 July Schools National Tree Day

Visit the website for more information - National Tree Day

Friday 25 July
10.00am - 3.00pm
Reesville
Birds and their calls presented by Gail Hill - morning tea and lunch included

For more information or for bookings contact Karen at $66pp – private landholder & community $88pp – government & business.

Sunday 27 July
9.00am - 11.00am
National Tree Day
Parklands and Marcoola
Visit the website for more information - National Tree Day 
Sunday 27 July
10.00am - 11.,30am
Marcoola Esplanade and Lorraine Street, Marcoola, Beach Access 105

Living with Wildlife: Experience native animals (including snakes) up close and personal then join Coast Carers planting trees on National Tree Day - Geckoes Wildlife & Coolum District Coast Care. Eco-discovery workshops are for kids and their families.

To register visit www.coolumcoastcare.org.au
For more information
or 0406605700.Limited spaces. Gold Coin Donation. Children must be accompanied by adults.

Thursday 31 July
5.00pm - 7.00pm
Rural Futures Centre, Pomona

Geology and Rocks of the Sunshine Coast presented by Warwick Wilmott and Phil Moran

Visit the website for more information - Noosa Landscare
RSVP to  or 5485 2468 

August
Sunday 10 August
Lions Park, David Low Way at Margaret Street, Coolum
Bugs, Bees and Butterflies: See native bees, learn about butterfly corridor and touch some amazing creatures. Practical and fun. Michelle Gleeson (The Bug Lady) and Native Bee Rescuers. Eco-discovery workshops are for kids and their families.

To register visit Coolum District Coastcare Group 
For more information
or 0406605700. Limited spaces. Gold Coin Donation. Children must be accompanied by adults.

Saturday 16 August
8.00am - 3.30pm
London Creek Environmental Reserve
Sunshine Coast Conservation Field Day – A myriad of environmental hands-on technical sessions including fauna monitoring & assessments, cultural heritage, plant identification walks,  weed management techniques, herbicide use and numerous restoration approaches.

If you would like to attend please follow the below link for the adult registration form:                   www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/cfregistration  or alternatively you can email  or phone (07) 5475 7272 

17 - 31 August
Various locations as per program
Sunshine Coast Wildflower Festival
Various locations as per program
For more information or for bookings
Thursday 28 August
5.00pm - 7.00pm
Rural Futures Centre, Pomona
Forestry – Carbon and biodiversity presented by Michelle Haase (BMRG) and John Meadows (Forestry Researcher USC)

Visit the website for more information - Noosa Landscare
RSVP to or 5485 2468

Saturday 30 August
10.00am - 12.00pm
Basket weaving with Cats Claw Creeper. Local artist Kris Martin will show us how to weave baskets from environmental weed vines.  For more information or for bookings contact Maroochy Waterwatch on 54764777 or . RSVP by 22nd of August. $40 Members $50 Non-members. Numbers are limited. all materials supplied
Sunday 31 August
9.30am - 1.30pm
Art and Ecology Centre, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden
Native Bees - Join Bob Raabe in this practical session exploring the world of our native stingless bees. The explanations and teaching here will hopefully inspire you to help save our native bees and better understand the integral role they play in maintaining our natural environment.

Bring a plate information and bookings
Maximum 50

Sunday 31 August
10.00am - 11.30am
Apex Camp, 171 Nojoor Road, Mudjimba
Shorebirds and Backyard Birds: Learn about bird journeys and how birds live and behave. Then become bird detectives spotting birds, nests and feathers. Bring your binoculars. Eco-discovery workshops are for kids and their families.

To register visit www.coolumcoastcare.org.au For more information
or 0406605700. Limited spaces. Gold Coin Donation. Children must be accompanied by adults.

September 
4 - 5 September Sunshine Coast Kids in Action 2014 Conference For information and bookings.
Wednesday 24 September
10.30am - 12.30pm
Arts and Ecology Centre at Maroochy Botanic Gardens
Butterflies of the Sunshine Coast and their vegetation Associations For information and bookings

Thursday 25 September
5.00pm - 7.00pm
Rural Futures Centre, Pomona

Koala Conservation & Habitat for threatened species. In Honour of Save the Koala Month and National Threatened Species Day presented by Phil Moran & Paul Sprecher (NDLG), Tanzi Smith (MRCCC)

Visit the website for more information - Noosa Landscare  RSVP to or 5485 2468

Last Updated 06-Sep-14