The Wild Mob crew and conservation volunteers spent a busy week on Gloucester Island. A full boat of volunteers embarked on the picturesque journey from Abel Point Marina, Airlie Beach, to Gloucester Island. Under the capable leadership of Bill Sykes – skipper of the Wild Cat, and Phil Hrstich – ecologist, expedition leader, and chef extraordinaire.
The week was spent locating, identifying, and eradicating the rugged rubber vine (Cryptostegia grandiflora) in order to restore and protect the habitat of the endangered Proserpine Rock Wallaby.
Steep boulder screes, vitex thickets, and smoke from the nearby preventative burn presented some challenges, all overcome by enthusiasm, the desire to make a difference, and a few nights sleeping on the boat.
With such beautiful beaches and the potential of a vast array of marine species, many volunteers were very keen – some a little too keen – to go snorkeling, and although the visibility was not ideal, some coral and fish sightings took place, however Phil’s phone has permanently moved in to its new watery home.
After the first bushfire evacuation from a beach in Wild Mob history, the remainder of the week was productive and the volunteers went home pleased to have been a part of this important project.
Stay tuned for next week’s installment with hopefully less smoke.