Bay Islands Conservation Inc.
The purpose of Bay Islands Conservation is to protect, conserve and restore flora and fauna on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI) and its unique marine and estuarine environments, in addition to initiating, managing, operating and/or supporting conservation, education and community projects.
Originally founded as the Friends of the Wetlands in April 2008, the group planned to develop walk tracks on all SMBI and undertake conservation. The first stage of progress was the surveying of Whistling Kite and Turtle Swamp wetlands on Russell Island the following year using Geographic Information System mapping. Thousands of photos and mapping coordinates were collected and some of these together with related information can be viewed at WetlandInfo.
Incorporated in 2010, the Friends of the Wetlands changed its name to Bay Islands Conservation Inc. (BICI) in 2012. In association with Redland City Council BICI established the first walking trail to the east of Centre Road on Russell Island, providing access to a series of natural waterholes and native wildflower areas on the eastern extent of Turtle Swamp Wetland. In 2013, a second trail was commenced around Whistling Kite Wetland at the southern end of High Street including vegetation regeneration.
By the following year the groups vision was refined to incorporate existing road reserves and fire tracks into a network of trails promoting greater awareness of the region’s valuable natural and cultural values.
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