iRoos (Idalia Recovery Organisation of Students)
iROOS was established in July 2007 by a group of enthusiastic ecology and environmental science students who had attended a field course at Idalia National Park.
The park ranger identified a need for volunteers to assist in flora and fauna surveying and park maintenance. By September of that year, iROOS had arranged their first self-funded (through fundraising BBQs and raffles) trip to the Park and thus the iROOS were born.
Since 2007, iROOS has expanded beyond Idalia National Park and have conducted numerous yearly trips to varying parks and reserves across Queensland. These trips have provided hands-on practical field experience, and management skills which directly relate to the theory taught in class, and have real world application in conservation careers.
Some notable trips include:
- Bridled Nail Tail Wallaby surveying and mark recapture program at Idalia National Park (QPWS)
- Spring rehabilitation at Edgbaston Reserve (with Bush Heritage Australia)
- Piloted the 'Green Chiefs' environmental initiative at popular festival "Splendour in the Grass" and participated annually.
- Fencing and conservation programs in the Mitchell region (with South West NRM Pty Ltd)
- Attended the World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC).
With the ongoing support of the School of Biological Sciences and Bush Heritage Australia, we are planning many more trips into the future.
If you are interested in taking part, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Facebook group.