Last year I was asked to create a conference bag design for the Ecological Society of Australia (following previous bag designs in 2016 and 2017 – thanks ESA!). The conference location for 2018 was Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Queensland is a huge and diverse state, so my mind boggled with all the different directions I could potentially go. But I wanted to express the diversity of the ESA conference too – its numerous talks and posters were likely to cover plants and animals, marine and aquatic, coastal and arid inland systems.
So I daydreamed about all of the Queensland plants and critters that I had seen, or worked on, or heard about (and I asked social media for help too). Which ones represented the Queensland that I knew? The above picture is what I came up with. The bags were printed and were popular at the conference (conference bags are optional at ESA conferences now – you can buy one for a small fee if you want one. It’s part of the environmental consciousness of these conferences that this year also included your own reusable bamboo cutlery. Wow!).
Now it’s your turn. How many species can you name? Not all can be identified to species level, based on my illustration, but many can be. Try to put names on as many as you can – both plants and animals (including fish!). All are found in Queensland.
Here are the rules: One point for each species name (or full common name) guessed correctly. Half a point if you only get the genus name. And you get a bonus point for guessing my inspiration for the wiggly line that runs through the centre of the design.
The person who guesses the most names correctly by the end of the week (12 pm Sunday 10th February) will win a copy of my kid’s book Stories from the Wildworld which is a fantasy fiction tale about the wildlife of Brisbane.