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Wingecarribee Threatened Species Day

31 August, 2011Posted in: Environment, Events
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Wingecarribee Shire Council is gearing up to host this year’sThreatened Species Day to be held at the Highlands Market Place, Mittagong on Saturday 3 September 2011.

The day will feature a series of visual and interactive displays highlighting the plight of some of our Shire’s threatened animals and plants.

Some of the threatened species that will be profiled on the day include the Powerful Owl, Eastern Pygmy possum, Koala, Brush-Tailed Rock Wallaby, Southern Brown Bandicoot, Swift Parrot, Green and Golden Bell Frog, Eastern Quoll and Glossy Black Cockatoo.

Chair of Council’s Environment and Sustainability Committee, Councillor Larry Whipper said the day was an opportunity for the community to learn more about their local environment.

“Apart from having some fun, the displays will also offer some practical advice on how residents can help prevent further losses to the Shire’s threatened flora and fauna,” Clr Whipper said.

Held in the first week of September, Threatened Species Daycommemorates the death of the last remaining Tasmanian Tiger at Hobart Zoo in 1936 and was developed by the Threatened Species Network, a community based program of the World Wide Fund for Nature and the Commonwealth Government’s Natural Heritage Trust.

The event is primarily funded by Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Environment Levy and supported by the Office of Environment and Heritage, Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment Management Authority, Southern Highlands Bird Watchers Group, Robertson Environment Protection Society and Mount Gibraltar Bushcare Group.

The event will be held at the Highlands Market Place, Mittagong on Saturday 3 September 2011 from 10.00am to 2.00pm.

For more information on Threatened Species Day contact Council’s Natural Resources Project Officer on phone 4868 0813.