Look out for wildlife on our USC Sunshine Coast campus

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Look out for wildlife on our USC Sunshine Coast campus

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19 September 2019

The USC Sunshine Coast campus is a designated wildlife reserve. Please be aware that we share the campus with an abundance of wildlife including snakes, kangaroos, possums and a multitude of bird species.

Please be mindful whilst moving through campus and look where you step!

Contact Security/SafeUSC on ext 1168 (07 5430 1168) to report a snake sighting.


The USC Sunshine Coast campus has some timber nesting boxes in our trees. These have been installed in stages since 2011 and are designed to replicate natural sites usually provided by tree hollows. As part of a regular audit, 66 nest boxes on the Sunshine Coast campus were recently checked with extendable poles and cameras. Overall usage was 64% represented by 9 native species including sugar bag bees, brushtail possum, squirrel glider, sugar glider, feathertail glider, ringtail possum, wood ducks and rainbow lorikeets.

Native animals are successfully breeding and rearing young within as eggs of and chicks of rainbow lorikeets and wood ducks were found as well as glider and ringtail possum adults and joeys. If you would like to know more about our nesting boxes please contact Gabe McGhee (gmcghee@usc.edu.au) from Asset Management Services.


Below is a list of the wildlife recently spotted on campus.

  • Eastern Grey Kangaroo (8 total - 3 females, 2 sub-adult females, 3 pouch joeys, various sizes)
  • Black Jezebel Butterfly (1)
  • Monarch Butterfly (1)
  • Black Swan (1)
  • Australian Wood Duck (3)
  • Pacific Black Duck (13)
  • Hardhead  (1)
  • Australasian Grebe (2)
  • Darter (1)
  • Great Egret (2)
  • Australian White Ibis (260)
  • Straw-necked Ibis (1)
  • Royal Spoonbill  (1)
  • Purple Swamphen (26)
  • Dusky Moorhen  (7)
  • Eurasian Coot (34)
  • Comb-crested Jacana (1)
  • Masked Lapwing (3)
  • Spotted Turtle-Dove (3)
  • Crested Pigeon (2)
  • Bar-shouldered Dove (3)
  • Galah (1 heard)
  • Little Corella (8 flying over)
  • Rainbow Lorikeet  (7)
  • Scaly-breasted Lorikeet  (3)
  • Pale-headed Rosella (1)
  • Fan-tailed Cuckoo (1 heard)
  • Laughing Kookaburra  (1 heard)
  • Striated Pardalote (1 heard)
  • Little Wattlebird (2)
  • Noisy Miner (12)
  • Lewin's Honeyeater (2 heard)
  • Brown Honeyeater (17)
  • White-cheeked Honeyeater (3)
  • Rufous Whistler (1)
  • Grey Shrike-thrush (1 heard)
  • Restless Flycatcher (1 heard)
  • Magpie-lark (4)
  • Willie Wagtail  (2)
  • Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (1)
  • Figbird (1 heard)
  • Grey Butcherbird (3)
  • Pied Butcherbird (2)
  • Australian Magpie (2)
  • Pied Currawong (1 heard)
  • Torresian Crow (9)
  • Welcome Swallow (3)
  • Fairy Martin (8)
  • Tawny Grassbird (1 heard)

If you'd like more information on wildlife seen around the USC Sunshine Coast campus, please contact Gabriel McGhee via gmcghee@usc.edu.au.

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