Fitzroy Basin Association Coastal team members Jenna Bishop and Shannon van Nunen with the 2012 calendars.
Fitzroy Basin Association Coastal team members Jenna Bishop and Shannon van Nunen with the 2012 calendars. Contributed

Coastal calendars

DID you know flatback turtle hatchlings exit their beach nests in January, and the Byfield fern produces fruit from February to March? You can learn something new about local coasts every month by purchasing a calendar produced by central Queensland's leading group dedicated to the protection of natural assets, the Fitzroy Basin Association(FBA). FBA coastal and marine program co-ordinator Shannon van Nunen said by purchasing a CQ Coasts 2012 calendar for just $2, locals could take a little piece of the coast home with them to admire its natural beauty and learn more. "Enjoy coastal views every day thanks to the fantastic photos featured in our calendar. It includes FBA photos as well as shots submitted by locals with a deep connection to our coastal and marine environments," Mr van Nunen said. "FBA wanted to showcase the natural beauty of our region to help more people understand the importance of coastal management and protection, especially for those who may not have a strong association with its dynamic yet fragile areas. "We work with many amazing people and groups to improve the health of our coastal and marine environments, and the money raised through calendar sales will support this work." Mr van Nunen said the calendar was a high quality publication produced on recycled paper and would make the perfect gift for environmentally-conscious or hard-to-buy-for friends and family for in the lead up to Christmas. FBA supports coastal and marine conservation work in an area that extends from St Lawrence in the north, and includes the Capricorn Coast, Port Curtis and Boyne Tannum regions, as well as coastal waters. The group's projects include helping manage important wetlands and promoting better coastal management.. , weed and pest removal from coastal vegetation, research into coastal species, including inshore dolphins, interpretive signage and raising community awareness. Calendars are available from these venues: Envirolink Centre, 3/78 John St, Yeppoon; Rockhampton Regional Libraries in Rockhampton and Yeppoon; FBA office, Level 1, 80 East St, Rockhampton (Old post office, above Degani Cafe); Fitzroy River and Coastal Catchments office, 14 Wandal Rd, Rockhampton; Sea FM Rockhampton, Victoria Pde