Mackay Bird Walk with Queensland Chief Scientist is part of the Unearthed free community event.

When: 6:30 - 7:30am
River Street Carpark, Blue Water Trail Mackay

Cost: Free


Join us for a fun and educational bird walk with Queensland Chief Scientist Professor Hugh Possingham - a conservation biologist and passionate bird watcher. Don't miss this opportunity to meet Queensland's Chief Scientist and learn more about your local wildlife!

Bring along your binoculars is you have some, and lots of questions.

Professor Hugh PossinghamQueensland Chief Scientist Hugh Possingham

Professor Hugh Possingham became Queensland Chief Scientist in September 2020.He is a conservation scientist and mathematician who has held positions in the university, public and not-for profit sectors. He completed his PhD at Oxford University in 1987 as a Rhodes Scholar and was most recently the Chief Scientist at The Nature Conservancy, a global conservation organisation operating in 79 countries. A winner of two Eureka Prizes, his most significant contribution to conservation was the co-development of Marxan, software first used to rezone the Great Barrier Reef, and now used in almost every country in the world to inform the expansion of their marine and terrestrial protected area systems. He has supervised over 200 honours students, doctoral candidates and postdoctoral fellows. His research group has always had a strong focus on bringing mathematical and statistical approaches to solving conservation problems. He is an avid birder and citizen scientist, he is currently on the board of directors of BirdLife Australia. Locally, he is Patron of the Friends of Sherwood Arboretum and President of the Friends of Oxley Creek Common. You can read more about the role of the Queensland Chief Scientist.

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