Wee trip to Yourka… where conservation is a family affair

Published 18 Oct 2013 
about  Yourka Reserve  
Bandicoot by the fire<br/> Bandicoot by the fire
Couple of birdos<br/>Jim and Paul Couple of birdos
Jim and Paul
Last night at the lookout.<br/>Left to right - Annette, Seeley, Paul, Leanne, Macey, Beth, Jim & two journos. Last night at the lookout.
Left to right - Annette, Seeley, Paul, Leanne, Macey, Beth, Jim & two journos.
Hales family sunset.<br/>Beth, Paul, Seeley, Leanne & Macey Hales family sunset.
Beth, Paul, Seeley, Leanne & Macey
Jim Radford_recently ID&#039;d new regional ecosystem<br/> Jim Radford_recently ID&#039;d new regional ecosystem
Leanne and Seeley<br/> Leanne and Seeley
Lewin&#039;s honeyeater<br/> Lewin&#039;s honeyeater
Macey bhas newest rm<br/> Macey bhas newest rm
Misty morning on yourka reserve <br/> Misty morning on yourka reserve
Money shot<br/> Money shot
Rocky outcrops<br/> Rocky outcrops
Sparkle time<br/>Seeley Sparkle time
Seeley

The best alarm clock going 'round...

On the weekend I had the pleasure of seeing (and hearing - at 5am - a cacophony of bird calls) Yourka Reserve for the first time and spending time with the Hales family. I took up some journos from Brissie to do a story on Paul and Leanne's work on Yourka and their life out in Far North QLD. From managing Siam weed on horseback, to pig traps, to fire management and cattle musterin' (to name a few) it was a great insight into the relentless and dedicated work of the family - and how that passion has well and truly transferred to the kids (who are VERY cute by the way.)

The trip also coincided with a visit by the science folk (Dr Jim by the time I got there) and a contractor from Cairns who was assisting with some survey work (the 'quoll and wallaby whisperer')...

A big shout out to Paul and Leanne for all their help on site, in the lead up to the trip, getting BHA shirts on the kids (nice touch) and for giving a great insight to media into their work and why protecting these places is important. Thanks also to Jim who provided a look into the science behind our work and also assisted in the lead up. We weren't short of activities to do/work to see - not to mention our own resident bandicoot who came to visit by the campfire. Daaawwww!
 

Bandicoot by the fire<br/> Bandicoot by the fire
Couple of birdos<br/>Jim and Paul Couple of birdos
Jim and Paul
Last night at the lookout.<br/>Left to right - Annette, Seeley, Paul, Leanne, Macey, Beth, Jim & two journos. Last night at the lookout.
Left to right - Annette, Seeley, Paul, Leanne, Macey, Beth, Jim & two journos.
Hales family sunset.<br/>Beth, Paul, Seeley, Leanne & Macey Hales family sunset.
Beth, Paul, Seeley, Leanne & Macey
Jim Radford_recently ID&#039;d new regional ecosystem<br/> Jim Radford_recently ID&#039;d new regional ecosystem
Leanne and Seeley<br/> Leanne and Seeley
Lewin&#039;s honeyeater<br/> Lewin&#039;s honeyeater
Macey bhas newest rm<br/> Macey bhas newest rm
Misty morning on yourka reserve <br/> Misty morning on yourka reserve
Money shot<br/> Money shot
Rocky outcrops<br/> Rocky outcrops
Sparkle time<br/>Seeley Sparkle time
Seeley