Saving our Species autumn newsletter

In this edition, we explore some of our Saving our Species (SoS) science and research work in action. We also gain an appreciation of how volunteering with SoS can help create great inroads to careers in ecology and conservation in our feature with six strong ‘Volunteer Voices’ leading up to National Volunteer Week in May. And, of course, our volunteers’ efforts greatly increase our SoS projects’ achievements and outcomes.

Eucalyptus boliviana, Bolivia Hill Nature Reserve, vulnerable species

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Plus stories from the Green Room; staff profile; featured species; events; media and more.

Thank you to those who continue to contribute their time, energy and expertise into the Saving our Species program.



Featured species

Glossy black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami)


Common name: Glossy black-cockatoo
Scientific name: Calyptorhynchus lathami
Conservation status: Vulnerable (NSW)

Description: A small brown-black cockatoo with a massive, bulbous bill and a short crest. 

Males have a prominent red tail panel, while that of females is yellow to orange-red. 

They are usually seen in pairs or small groups feeding quietly in she-oaks.

Distribution: The species is uncommon although widespread throughout suitable forest and woodland habitats, from the central Queensland coast to East Gippsland in Victoria, and inland to the southern tablelands and central western plains of NSW, with a small population in the Riverina. An isolated population exists on Kangaroo Island, South Australia.

Diet and habitat: Feeds almost exclusively on the seeds of several species of she-oak (Casuarina and Allocasuarina species), shredding the cones with its massive bill. Is dependent on large hollow-bearing eucalypts for nest sites and a single egg is laid between March and May.

Threats: Scientists think that to breed successfully, glossy black-cockatoos need food trees to be near their nest trees, therefore, loss or removal of habitat is a threat. Feral predators are also a threat.

Read about some of the SoS actions for the Glossy Black-cockatoo.

Threatened Species Day 2018 - 7 September

Threatened Species Day (TSD) takes place on 7 September each year – the day when the last-known Tasmanian Tiger died in captivity in 1936.

It’s time now for SoS and our local NSW communities and schools to start thinking about and planning this year’s activities to mark this special day during Biodiversity Month in September.

Be inspired by some of the TSD 2017 events and activities.

Dates for your diary

12 May - World Migratory Bird Day

21-27 May - National Volunteer Week

5 June - World Environment Day

Coming events

Nominations open for Green Globes Awards 2018; National Volunteer Week coming up  21-27 May; and Threatened Species Art Competition opens in June. Learn more.