Threatened Species Day

posted 26 Aug 2010, 19:22 by Garth Coghlan   [ updated 26 Aug 2010, 19:38 by SHSC Secretary ]

Perspectives by wildlife experts, planners and land managers - Threatened Species Day

During the week of Threatened Species Day, we will be providing opportunities for Tasmanians to find out what is likely to be living with you on your land by running two introductory sessions to the web-based Natural Values Atlas.

This application has records of more than 20,000 observations of plants and animals across Tasmania, and can display maps showing their locations as well as other natural values such as vegetation communities or geoconservation values. It's a resource that can be really useful for advance planning, to ensure that our house building or other land-use dreams take these issues into account as they develop. Sessions will be held at the Glenorchy LINC on Monday 6th and Friday 10th Sept - more details below.

On Threatened Species Day, Tuesday 7th September, we are presenting four perspectives on ways and reasons to live sustainably in Tasmania by wildlife experts, planners and land managers. Hosted by Andy Baird, Manager Centre for Learning and Discovery, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, speakers and topics include:

Clare Hawkins
Clare is Senior Zoologist for the Threatened Species Section in the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment with special expertise in Tasmanian devils and quolls. She will discuss the needs of some of our threatened species, how we can work around those needs and why they matter.

Nikki den Exter
Nikki is the Natural Resource Management Facilitator at Kingborough Council. She will describe some of the successes and failures people can experience in planning land use activities such as sustainable house building around the needs of their local plants and animals.

Tony Scherer
Tony is Director and Co-Owner of the 430 ha Frogmore Creek vineyard at Penna, about 30 minutes drive east of Hobart. He has long had a strong focus on sustainability, engaging in a wide range of strategies to protect and manage various natural values on the property's land and waterways. This year Tasmania's 500th voluntary perpetual covenant was established at Frogmore. Tony will share his motivations and experiences of sustainable living on the land.

Iona Mitchell
Iona is the Community Engagement Coordinator for Biodiversity within the Private Land Conservation Program of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment. She will outline some of the opportunities for making our gardens and other land more wildlife-friendly, including a range of partnerships between the government and private landowners for sustainable management and conservation of natural values across the landscape.

Tasmania has almost 700 plant and animal species listed as threatened by extinction, and for many this threat is really pressing. Some have declined by more than 50% in the past 1-2 decades; some are found nowhere else in the world but one or two small sites in Tasmania; some only exist as a few hundred individuals.

Conservation of our threatened species isn't just about the decision and actions undertaken by governments, wildlife specialists and scientists. Everyone can play a role in the survival of our State's threatened species simply by the decisions we make. Clearing land, building, gardening, burning vegetation - all of these activities can affect threatened species - but if we know what lives on our land and what it needs, we can really make a difference. Some animals may just need us to avoid removing the one or two food plant species critical to their breeding. Others may actually benefit from some of our everyday activities as long as we do them at the right time of year. If we know what is needed, we can plan effective sustainable land use and we can help save our threatened species from extinction.

As a specific example, swift parrots are prone to collisions with large windows. There are thought to be just 1000 pairs of this species left in the entire world, and they breed only in Tasmania. For anyone who is thinking of building a house on land which might be swift parrot habitat, house design can make a big difference to this species. Check out this link to find out more:

For more information on these events please see the attached PDF or visit

Understand how you fit into the picture. Find out how you can help. You can make a difference!
SHSC Secretary,
26 Aug 2010, 19:25