Wildlife in Logan
Within Logan City, at least 56 species of native mammals, 273 species of birds, 58 native reptile species, 27 native frogs and many fish and insect species all have been recorded. Although all of these native animals are special to Logan, there are a few stand-out significant species that need to be highlighted for our attention.
Logan City Council has developed a brochure that will help you discover the significant animal species that live in Logan, what they look like, what they eat, where they live in our local area and what threatens their existence.
This brochure outlines some native animals that are recorded in Logan as either Near-threatened, Vulnerable or Endangered under Queensland Law, specifically under the Nature Conservation Act 1992. In addition, there are some species in Logan that are listed as Vulnerable or Endangered under the Australian Government's Law, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. These two forms of legislation provide a legal framework to protect and manage state and nationally significant plants and animals.
The animals in this booklet are considered significant as there are not a lot of these animals left in the wild. Each species has been subjected to a range of situations which has led to their decline, however in general there are a range of common processes which threaten their survival. These include:
- habitat loss and/or modification, including loss of nesting, shelter and foraging habitat
- competition, predation and/or injuries by feral species, including foxes, rabbits, cane toads as well as domestic and feral cats and dogs
- motor vehicle strikes causing injury or death
- waterway and wetland modification, degradation and pollution
- changes in fire regimes.
Download Threatened Wildlife of Logan (PDF 7188 KB) brochure
In addition to these 24 state and federally listed threatened species, there are a range of locally significant and/or migratory fauna in Logan, including:
- Platypus (PDF 234 KB)
- Gliding marsupials (PDF 360 KB)
- Wallabies (PDF 380 KB)
- Local Significant Birds (PDF 549 KB)
- Migratory Significant Birds (PDF 450 KB)
Council supports the conservation of these species through the protection of bushlands, wetlands and waterways via the Logan Planning Scheme and local laws, as well as promoting sustainable development, land acquisitions for conservation purposes, community education and rehabilitation of important areas. After all, we are one of a small number of areas in South East Queensland that is lucky enough to have such a range of native Australian animals living in our backyards, and we should ensure they continue doing so for many years to come.
So why not get involved in helping these very special members of our community through following our 'What can you do?' guide in the Threatened Wildlife of Logan (PDF 7188 KB) brochure or become involved in one of our Council-run programs, including:
- Land For Wildlife
- Voluntary Conservation Agreements
- Voluntary Conservation Covenants
- Environmental Events & Activities
- Free Trees
- Native Fish Program: Council provides native fish to residents wanting to control mosquitoes in their backyard. Contact the Animal Management Centre for more information.
Logan City has a rich and varied birdlife, with 273 bird species recorded by BirdLife Australia (formerly BrisBOCA - Brisbane and Gold Coast Regional Office of the Bird Observers Club of Australia), as of January 2011. Logan has a large array of natural wildlife areas including parks, wetlands and reserves, that provide a range of habitat for various birds to feed, nest and breed.
A Council grant helped BrisBOCA to produce three booklets on birds and their habitats within Logan City. These booklets are designed to better inform the community of the existence of wildlife corridors, reserves and parks throughout the city where different avian wildlife could be found in a range of habitats.
- Where to see birds in Logan Central (PDF 305 KB)
- Where to see birds in Logan East (PDF 247 KB)
- Where to see birds in Logan West (PDF 272 KB)
The Glossy Black-Cockatoo
South-East Queensland is home to one of the most significant populations of Australia's rarest and most threatened species of cockatoo - The Glossy Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami). The entire Australian population is estimated to be less than 18,000 birds and is restricted to eastern and south-eastern Australia. The Glossy Black-Cockatoo is so rare due to a number of factors such as:
- loss of feeding and nesting areas;
- habitat clearance;
- its very specific diet consisting of the seeds of she-oaks; and
- a slow reproduction rate of one egg laid every two years.
Logan City Council is one of 20 partners of the Glossy Black Conservancy, a group formed in 2005 and made up of local and state government agencies, community groups and other organisations. The Conservancy seeks to increase the knowledge and understanding of the Glossy Black-Cockatoo's feeding patterns, habitat and distribution. This information can be used at a local and regional level for the planning and management of the Glossy Black-Cockatoo population.
The Glossy Black Conservancy have developed a range of fact sheets called Living With Glossy Blacks:
- Development Control (PDF 2319 KB)
- She-Oaks in a Rural Landscape (PDF 3104 KB)
- Glossy Black-Cockatoos in Urban Areas (PDF 278 KB)
- Glossy Black-Cockatoo Identification (PDF 2396 KB)
- Glossy Black-Cockatoo Feed Tree Identification (PDF 1434 KB)
Each year the Conservancy organises a Glossy-Black Cockatoo Birding Day. The objective of this event is to undertake a census to gain a better estimate of the Glossy Black-Cockatoo population size regionally, enabling researchers to assess the viability of the population, as well as determine habitat areas of frequent use. This information helps to create and improve conservation strategies for this threatened species.
You can help contribute to the conservation of this species by participating in the next Glossy-Black Cockatoo. For more information, go to Council's Free Environmental Activities or visit the Glossy-Black Conservancy website.
Snakes are an important part of our environment and are often misunderstood. It is important to remember that, like all native animals, snakes are protected under State Legislation Nature Conservation Act 1992 and that harming a snake is an offence under this legislation. For further information check out the Snakes Information Factsheet (PDF 649 KB).