National Threatened Species Day 2017

Grey-crowned Babblers are a local threatened species of bird. Photo courtesy of Chris Tzaros.
Grey-crowned Babblers are a local threatened species of bird. Photo courtesy of Chris Tzaros.

To commemorate National Threatened Species Day next Thursday September 7, an entertaining evening of presentations about our local native flora and fauna, and the endangered ecological communities in which they live, will be held in the Conference Room at the Grenfell Community Hub. The evening presentations will run from 7pm to 9pm. Weddin Community Native Nursery, Weddin Landcare and Grenfell Urban Landcare are organising the event and have two great speakers lined up.

Travelling from Canberra for the occasion, well known ecologist Rainer Rehwinkel will present "Threatened communities and species of the Western Slopes”.  In his presentation Rainer will cover Box-Gum Woodlands, Native Grasslands and their threatened flora and fauna. Rainer was a Threatened Species Officer with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage for over twenty five years and is very familiar with this area, having conducted Wattle Day Walks and other field days over many years.

Noel Cartwright is a lifelong Grenfell resident and Patron of Weddin Community Native Nursery. Noel will present his documentary of the bush around the Weddin Shire, which he filmed over thirty years from the late sixties. The documentary contains footage of native plants and animals that were once common in the area but have now all but disappeared. Weddin Community Native Nursery is working on saving some of these species, with Noel’s assistance.

National Threatened Species Day is held each year on September 7 to commemorate the death of the last remaining Tasmanian tiger or thylacine at Hobart Zoo in 1936.

It aims to raise awareness of native plants, animals and ecosystems that are under threat and at risk of extinction, as well as to reflect on how we can protect them into the future. Saving threatened species is important for a healthy and diverse environment. Once plants and animals become extinct they are gone forever.

Australia is home to more than 500,000 animal and plant species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. Over the last 200 years, more than 100 animal and plant species have become extinct. In NSW alone there are close to 1000 animal and plant species at risk of extinction.

There will be light refreshments available during the evening. There is no cost to attend and bookings are not required. So please come along next Thursday and learn about some of the amazing plants and animals and the communities in which they live.

For more information please contact Mikla Lewis on 0499 199 016 or email weddin@lachlandcare.org.au