Martin Fingland (the Geckoes Man) and Dr John Stanisic (‘the snail whisperer’) presented a night out with a variety of native nocturnal fauna at the Brookfield Hall in an event hosted by the Moggill Creek Catchment Group.
An audience of close to 100 were entertained by Martin’s entourage of night animals consisting of a croaking frog, a silent native gecko, a brown tree snake doing a herpetological version of the Indian rope trick, a host of furries and a range of local night birds (owls and a tawny frogmouth). As usual Martin’s collection of furry, feathered and scaly creatures were the hit of the night, especially with the younger brigade. However, just to redress the biodiversity balance in favour of the other 99% (invertebrates), ‘the snail whisperer’ brought along a range of native banded snails collected in the Childers-Biggenden-Maryborough region. These silent invertebrates slimed their way through the evening whilst munching on a combination of commercial mushrooms and cucumber peelings. A rare night indeed and an event thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended including the presenters. Thanks Dale