Koala presence is mapped using Koala sightings by our members and the general public, and also data from field surveys for koala scats (droppings) under trees. Between January 2015 and the end of 2019 we have gathered over 2500 records of koala presence. We welcome records of koala sightings in the Lockyer Valley Region (see map below), preferably accompanied by photographs (photos do NOT have to be National Geographic quality, the photo only needs to be good enough for a koala to be recognised).
In special situations we also doKoala activity index surveys. These are done on a grid (from 250m x 250m up to 1km x 1km). At the 30 trees nearest to each grid point the area within 1m of the trunk is searched for koala scats for two minutes. The Koala Activity Index for that point is the percentage of the 30 trees that have scats under them. We have surveyed more than 8,000 ha using this methodology.
We welcome new members in Lockyer Community Action Inc. and also volunteers to join our field activities. We also welcome cooperation with researchers and research institutions and are keen to host approved research as a part of our program. We have worked with Honours and third year industrial placement students.
All of our records are submitted to the Queensland Government's WildNet database, from where they are migrated to the Atlas of Living Australia. Photos of sightings are submitted to iNaturalist Australia. We also keep our own databases (Excel and Google Earth) so as to be able to provide the data back to participating landowners and to refer to it for Koala conservation purposes.
We also provide assistance to other groups with Koala programs through general advice, training in Koala scat recognition, and advice on how to submit records to the WildNet database.