National Threatened Species Day

National Threatened Species Day is a national awareness day held on 7 September of each year to commemorate the death of the last known Tasmanian tiger (Thylacinus cynocephalus) at Hobart Zoo in 1936. 2016 marks the 80th anniversary of this date. This day is an opportunity to reflect on the past and how we can strive to protect our threatened species in the future and encourage and acknowledge ongoing threatened species recovery work.

The Umwelt ecology team regularly undertakes surveys targeting threatened species to help our clients avoid and minimise harm to these species as a result of development, but also to help secure appropriate and valuable offsets for biodiversity management and conservation. A wide range of threatened species occur in locations around Australia where Umwelt works, including many threatened species that are listed under both State and Commonwealth legislation including the spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus), black-eyed Susan (Tetratheca juncea), koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), Carnaby’s black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris) and the green and golden bell frog (Litoria aurea) (pictured above). Recently, the dusky woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus cyanopterus) was listed as a vulnerable species in NSW under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995, primarily due to population declines likely as a result of habitat extent reduction across NSW. Umwelt Ecologists regularly check state/territory and national threatened species listings and advise our clients of any new and emerging threatened species issues that may require consideration for their projects.

We should all be mindful of opportunities to help recover these species and their habitats and be aware of how our activities may increase their risk of decline. We encourage everyone to do something to celebrate National Threatened Species Day and Australia’s unique threatened animals and plants.

If you would like to know more, contact our Ecology team on 1300 793 267 or info@umwelt.com.au.