Like many places in Australia where original indigenous vegetation still exists, the Moreton Bay Region is home to a rich diversity of native animals across a wide variety of natural habitat types.
On the D'Aguilar Range, in the west of the region, mountain rainforests thrive. Down the gullies, creeks and rivers flows water that nourishes wildlife corridors as it passes through undulating foothills and meanders over rich floodplains to the sea.
In the east are wetlands, salt marsh, mangroves and coastal wallum habitat. Seagrass meadows flourish in shallower areas of the bay.
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Ecosystem diversity encourages diversity of wildlife. In our region, daytime and night-time raptors hunt over forests, fields, creeks & estuaries, and the sea. Honeyeaters harvest the bountiful supply of native nectar.
A dozen species of native pigeons and doves reap an array of fruit and seeds from tall forest trees, vines, ground dwelling grasses and herbs. Koalas add to the wonders of our open forests, sharing some of their relatively small number of food-tree species with other marvellous marsupials such as the Greater Glider.
Throughout the year, but especially in the warmer months, butterflies provide vibrant colours and motion to our bushland and gardens.
Moreton Bay itself hosts marine creatures such as dolphins, turtles and dugong. From June to November each year, humpback whales can be seen on their migratory journey from Antarctica to their calving grounds near the Great Barrier Reef, stopping to frolic in the waters off Redcliffe near Moreton Island.
Areas in Hays Inlet and Deception Bay are listed as internationally significant wetlands under the Ramsar Convention for the protection of migratory birds.
The best food for native wildlife is the food they find themselves. Human foods can be harmful and deprive animals of much-needed nutrients which only natural foods provide.
Native animals which are fed can become dependent on unnatural foods and can become more vulnerable to attack from predators when they feed. Native animals which are fed can become pests.
Some birds and animals can injure or attack people while they are being fed. Nature has a delicate balance. When you feed wildlife, you encourage them to breed in unnaturally high numbers which the natural environment cannot sustain.
Keep wildlife wild - for their sake and ours, do not feed native animals
Fed wildlife can lose the ability to find and capture their own food. This can cause population explosions and will reduce the animal's chances of survival if the artificial food source is removed.
Encourage native animals into your backyard without feeding them:
- Install a birdbath
- Plant native shrubs & trees to attract birds & butterflies
You can use Animal Atlas to notify Council of the location of native species such as koalas, quolls and powerful owls to assist with the identification, protection and sustainability of wildlife corridors. Animal Atlas is also an important tool for managing pest species including wild dogs and foxes.