Threatened Species Day 2017 events

Get involved in Threatened Species Day with a range of events and activities being held around the state.

Some populations of glossy black-cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus lathami) are endangeredGuided walks, tree plantings, conservation talks and field days are among some of the activities taking place in September for you, your school or community to participate in for Threatened Species Day.

For further information on events and activities contact your local OEH office or email

Events and activities

Listings will be updated as new events are confirmed.

Dubbo Sustainable City Expo

2 September
OEH will have a stand showcasing the threatened species within the region, including badge making activities; threatened species drawing competition; threatened species face-painting and display.

For further information visit Dubbo Sustainable City Expo.

Glenrock Rainforest Planting Day
Glenrock State Conservation Area
Burwood Rd, Kahibah

7 September, 9am-12pm
National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) and volunteers from the Australian Tax Office invite you to help plant 300 trees to restore littoral rainforest near Burwood Beach at Glenrock State Conservation Area, Newcastle. Park at the Glenrock Scout Camp and walk down to the beach.

For more information please contact Boyd Carney on 02 4946 4107 or

Spring Awakening
Cessnock TAFE

8 September
Cessnock City Council community event of light and fire. Meet local environment groups and learn more from OEH about threatened species of the Lower Hunter; Saving our Species conservation programs; flying-foxes; and Conservation Agreements.

Featured species: Persoonia pauciflora, regent honeyeater, grey-headed flying-fox
Hosted by Cessnock City Council - Spring Awakening.

Biodiversity Day
Blue Gum Hills Regional Park,
Minmi, near Newcastle.

28 September, 10am-3pm
Free fun for families.
Get your free native plant, free BBQ lunch, and free nature walks. Enjoy meeting native animals, take your photo in the funny animal photo booth, learn about 4 wheel driving, meet other nature lovers, take a walk in nature and plant a tree.

Hosted jointly by the Office of Environment and Heritage and the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Potoroo Palace Threatened Species Day
2372 Princes Highway, Yellow Pinch,

2 September, 10am-4pm
Expert talks, entertainment, kids games, displays.

Featured species: potoroo.
Hosted by Potoroo Palace. For more information contact:
Please RSVP through the facebook event page.

Bournda Environmental Education Centre Threatened Species Day
Bournda National Park

4 September-8 September
Education and activities with school kids. Make a contribution to seed ball koala habitat research.

Featured species: koala.
Hosted by Bournda Environmental Education Centre

Science & Schooners
University of Wollongong

6 September
Science & schooners is an informal platform for the Office of Environment & Heritage (OEH), UOW, and local non-government organizations to connect and share current projects, research and volunteer opportunities with students. The main idea is to expose students to the fantastic work happening within and outside the University of Wollongong, facilitating an open discussion about conservation science over a couple of beers!

Featured species: Banksia vincentia and Persoonia hirsuta.
Further information available on their facebook page.

Threatened Species: A Regional Photographic Exhibition
Moving Mountains Gallery
193 Crown St, Wollongong

7 September, 5pm-9pm
To celebrate threatened species day in 2017, photos have been collected from an array of local photographers featuring some of the region’s most secretive and stunning threatened species. Join the opening night to celebrate the people, places and projects represented by these species. All prints will be on sale with profits donated to the photographers chosen conservation organisation.

The event is hosted by Moving Mountains Gallery. For more information please see the facebook event. The exhibition opens on 7 September and continues until Saturday 4pm.

Star-hair gazing in the Sapphire Coast
Tura Beach Library
Tura Beach

7 September, 9.30am-4pm
Come along and learn about the Merimbula Star-hair, a local endangered plant species, and the conservation efforts to help save it in a short presentation at the Tura Library before heading out for a day in the bush with threatened species experts to undertake surveys in local reserves. This event, held on National Threatened Species Day, is a great opportunity for local residents interested in threatened species to not only learn more about this beautiful plant, but to also be part of its conservation.

Featured species: Merimbula star-hair.
Hosted by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness, Bega Valley Shire Council.
For more information contact Places are limited so bookings are essential – please register your interest through the event page.

Team Quoll Display and Spotty Cupcake Stall
University of Wollongong, 
stall outside the library

7 September
Enjoy a spotty cupcake and learn more about the spotted-tailed quoll.

For more information contact Ana Gracanin from Team Quoll Illawarra and Southern Highlands on

Landholder luncheon for threatened Illawarra flora

7 September
Sharing lessons learned about managing threatened vegetation on private property.

Featured species: Illawarra socketwood.
Hosted by OEH. For more information and to register your interest visit the event page.

Woodlands Bird Workshop

16 September
Come along to On the Perch Bird Park on Plover Appreciation Day to learn about and encounter some of the birds from the local area that are under threat. Hear about their habitat, some of the key threats and what you can do as landholders to assist. The workshop also includes a short session on bird identification and the opportunity to stay on for a ‘Meet the Keeper’ talk and explore the bird park.

Hosted by On the Perch Bird Park. For more information, please contact Alison Rodway on 0417 246 896 or

Celebrating the Villous Mint-bush
Salmon Haul Reserve,

7 September, 12pm-1.30pm
Saving our Species is holding a celebration of the very rare plant “Villous Mint-bush” with a sausage sizzle, talks by a plant conservation expert and Sutherland Shire Council, and a walk to the site of the plant at nearby Bass and Flinders Point. The Australian Plant Society will also hold a plant stall.

The event is in partnership with Sutherland Council and the Australian Plant Society.

Threatened Species Day
Featherdale Wildlife Reserve,

7 September, 10.30am-12.30pm
Saving our Species will have a stand at Featherdale where they will be handing out information including brochures and stickers and running other fun and interactive activities. Featherdale is home to 3 iconic species – the koala, plains wanderer and brush-tailed rock-wallaby so information about these 3 species, plus other threatened species will be on display.

Hosted by Featherdale Wildlife Reserve. For more information contact

Save our Swamps and the Giant Dragonfly
Blue Mountains Heritage Centre (NPWS Visitors' Centre),
Govetts Leap Rd,

9 September, 10am-1.30pm
National Parks and Wildlife Discovery Ranger will be running fun activities for children around the topic of the Giant Dragonfly – craft, information and stickers on Saving Our Species.

Threatened Species Day @ Wonga Wetlands
Wonga Wetlands, Riverina Highway, Splitters Creek.

7 September, 6pm-8.30pm
Everyone is welcome to a community evening at Wonga Wetlands to highlight National Threatened Species Day. Supper provided following a walk and talk with threatened species experts Luke Pearce and Dr Damian Michael.

Hosted by Petaurus Education Group (PEG). For further information visit Threatened Species Day @ Wonga Wetlands.

Phantom Wattle Data Gathering
Woomargama National Park

10 September
Citizen science project in collaboration with the University of Queensland.

Featured species: phantom wattle.

Anyone interested in joining the survey should email for more information.

Threatened Species Family Fun Day
Tamworth Marsupial Park

10 September
North West Local Land Services is hosting a special family day with loads of information and activities about threatened species including the Booroolong frog, koala, superb parrot, regent honeyeater, microbats, spotted-tailed quoll, brush-tailed rock wallaby, Bell’s turtle and the Black-striped wallaby.

Check out the nest boxes put up last year and see what’s living in them, catch Wildlife presentation with ecologist Phil Spark (11am), enjoy a BBQ Lunch (gold coin donation) and visit the Information displays by local organisations such as Tamworth Regional Landcare Association and Tamworth Bird Watchers.

Free seedlings and nest boxes – and a playground for kids!

For further information please contact Angela Baker on 02 6742 9209 or

Bellingen Plant Fair
Bellingen market grounds

9 September, 8am-2pm
OEH to have a stand at the multi exhibitor fair providing information on threatened species in the Coffs Coast area.

Featured species: Bellinger River snapping turtle, fritillary butterfly, koala.
Hosted by: Bellingen Environment Centre

NSW Bird Observers Conference

9-10 September
OEH staff will speak at the event about threatened species programs including the use of detector dogs and landscape managed species. Opportunities for partnerships under Saving our Species will also be discussed.

Featured species: Eastern bristlebird, coastal emu, shorebirds.
Hosted by Birdlife Australia, Birdlife Northern NSW, Bellingen Birders.

Tree Giveaway
Memorial Hall

3 September, 11am-2pm
Tree give away, display, information about local threatened species.

Featured species: glossy black cockatoo, brush-tailed rock-wallaby
Hosted by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Landholder lunch for the Quollidor
Osbourne Park Public Hall,
Kangaroo Valley Showground.

5 September, 11am-1pm
Sharing lessons learned and project updates. Free training opportunities for fox baiting offered.

Featured species: spotted-tailed quoll, brush-tailed rock-wallaby, Solanum celatum.
Hosted by Friends of the Brush-tailed rock-wallaby and Shoalhaven Landcare. For more information contact

Discovering the Endangered

7 September
A special day of activities aimed at school aged children to highlight the plight of flora and fauna that is currently endangered within Kosciuszko National Park.

Hosted by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

932 Old Cooma Rd,Googong

7 September, 11am-3pm
Presentation on the pink tailed worm lizard and Swainsona recta; property walk, lunch, tree planting and seedball making.

Featured species: Swainsona recta, woodland birds, pink tailed legless lizards.
Hosted by Wandiyali Restoration Trust. For more information contact
Register your interest through the event page.

Landholder lunch for the Quollidor
Carrington Falls Rural Fire Service depot, Cloonty Hill Road, Carrington Falls

7 September, 11am-1pm
Sharing lessons learned and project updates. Free training opportunities for fox baiting offered.

Featured species: spotted-tailed quoll, brush-tailed rock-wallaby, Solanum celatum.
Hosted by Carrington Falls Rural Fire Service. For more information contact

Paddy’s River Box: The Southern Highland’s threatened eucalypt
Berrima River Reserve,
end of Oxley Street, Berrima

9 September, 10am – 12pm
Paddy’s River Box (Eucalyptus macarthurii) is listed as a threatened species, and occurs almost exclusively within Wingecarribee Shire. Take a leisurely walk through the beautiful River Bend Reserve at Berrima while learning to identify the tree, and hearing more from ecologists about efforts to conserve this significant species within the local area. As the event involves going for a walk (easy grade bushwalk – suitable for all fitness levels), people should dress accordingly with comfortable walking shoes. An off-road wheelchair or pram is recommended. Please note the event will be cancelled in the event of heavy rain or high winds.

The event will be held in partnership with the Office of Environment and Heritage, Wingecarribee Shire Council, A Rocha Australia, and Woodlands Environmental Management. For more information please contact Greg Stone on 0422 279 946 or

Eel Hole Tree Planting
Eel Hole Travelling Stock Reserve

9 September, 2pm-5pm
Tree planting, demonstrations, presentation, kids activities, family fun day.

Featured species: woodland birds
Hosted by Mark Selmes.

Threatened Species Day
Elm Cottage, 722 Little River Rd,

13 September, 9am-4pm
John Briggs and Dave Hunter talking about Tumut grevillea, Booroolong frogs and Yass daisy. There will also be information on Kosciuszko to Coast (K2C), Land for Wildlife and future threatened species surveys in the Tumut area.

Featured species: Tumut grevillea, Booroolong frogs and Yass daisy
Hosted by Kosciuszko to Coast (K2C).
Please register your interest through the event page.

Threatened Species Field Day Booroowa

13 October

Featured species: superb parrot.
Hosted by Boorowa Community Landcare Group.