The wide variety of birds in Logan provides a great range of bird-watching opportunities.
Logan is home to Australia's rarest species of cockatoo - the glossy black cockatoo. These birds are only found in eastern Australia.
We are part of the Glossy Black Conservancy group. The aim of this group is to raise community awareness and share knowledge about the glossy black cockatoo. We will use their research to help protect these rare cockatoos.
Each year you can help count our local glossy black cockatoo population.
For more information about the Glossy-Black Cockatoo Birding Day, please email us at email@example.com or call us on 07 3412 4491
One of Australia’s most iconic species, the platypus(Ornithorhynchus anatinus) is an egg laying, nocturnal mammal with dense brown fur and a flattened duck-like bill.
The platypus has been spotted in Logan at the Albert River. They live in creeks, dams, ponds and freshwater streams in eastern Australia including Tasmania. Threats include fish entanglement, predators and habitat loss through waterway modification.
Watergum’s citizen science program engages volunteers to monitor wild platypus populations in Logan and the Gold Coast. Community education also provides information about:
the biology of platypus
food and habitat
threats to platypus.
Community volunteers help collate vital data on platypus populations and habitat by going out to search for platypus. Sightings and observations are reported to council and added to national databases. In Logan, PlatypusWatch surveyors wait on the banks of the Albert River. The best opportunities to spot platypus are at dawn.
Environmental DNA (eDNA) is a non-invasive and quick way to monitor aquatic animals. While carrying out day-to-day activities, aquatic animals, like the platypus, shed DNA from their bodies into the water. eDNA sampling involves collecting water samples which are then tested at a laboratory to detect species-specific DNA fragments.
Since 2016 the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland through its PlatypusWatch Network have been undertaking eDNA sampling for platypus DNA within the City of Logan. Much of the survey has focussed on the Albert River and associated tributaries, with varying positive and negative results.
In 2021, 16 sites were sampled along the Albert River and associated tributaries. Five locations within the Albert River catchment have tested positive for platypus DNA. Through the Albert River Vision, we continue to undertake plantings and erosion control along the Albert River. These works are important to help maintain the habitat needed for platypuses, like vegetated, high stable banks.
For more information about this project visit the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland’s PlatypusWatch.