Shellharbour City Council is inviting the community to come and support National Threatened Species Day with a series of events to raise awareness of native animals and plants facing extinction.
National Threatened Species Day is held annually to commemorate the death of the last known Tasmanian Tiger on 7 September, 1936.
To acknowledge the day, Council will be running two guided spotlight walks at Blackbutt Forest on September 3 and 5 from 5:15pm to highlight some of the threatened species in Shellharbour’s very own backyard.
On 4 September from 6pm, there will be a special ‘Nature Talk in the Library’ on native orchids of the Illawarra. This will include a feature on the threatened Illawarra Greenhood Orchid and actions being undertaken to safeguard the local populations.
There is currently a display of threatened species artworks created by local children, which is available for viewing at the Shellharbour Civic Centre until 2pm on Friday 6 September. The artworks include endangered species such as Spotted-tailed Quolls, Red-tailed Black Cockatoos and Powerful Owls.
Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba said that Council’s involvement with National Threatened Species Day was a great way for the community to learn about threatened Australian native animals and plants, and the importance they have in our ecosystems.
“Shellharbour City is home to an array of beautiful natural environments. Creating awareness and reflecting on how we can protect the native plants and animals facing extinction is essential in making sure these environments will last for generations to come,” Cr Saliba said.