Saving our Species winter newsletter

Winter is well and truly upon us! But the threatened species and conservation work continues for our dedicated team of staff and volunteers.

Kosciuszko National Park

This edition shines a spotlight on some of the recent Saving our Species success stories – plant discoveries, the use of Australian first technology and population increases for one of our iconic species!

Thank you to those who continue to contribute their time, energy and expertise into the Saving our Species program. Sit back and enjoy the new and revamped newsletter.

In this issue of the newsletter:

Do you have a story to share?

We would love to hear from you! If you have a story or images about threatened species, please email

Bellingen Riverwatch

Bellinger River Turtle hatchlingsThe Bellinger River snapping turtle (Myuchelys georgesi) is found in only one place in Australia – along a 60 kilometre stretch of the river on the Mid North Coast of NSW.

And we need your help to ensure the water quality of this river remains healthy to support these turtles.

We are looking for citizen scientists living around the Bellingen area to help us monitor the health of the river systems in Bellingen NSW.

The project gathers monthly data on river health that will be used to support recovery actions for the critically endangered Bellinger River turtle.

Volunteers will be trained by OzGreen and NSW Waterwatch to help with this project.

How do I sign up? For more information and to sign up, email OEH citizen science.

Lights, camera, action!

Hands holding a camera outdoors12 to 18-year-old budding movie makers from the Hunter-Central Coast area are invited to get creative and enter a short film in the 2017 Pitch’n Film Competition.

One of the themes for this year’s film competition is ‘Threatened Species’.

There's a pool of $8000 in cash prizes to be won across the Pitch’n Film and Advertising Competition.

Submissions close on 1 September 2017. For more details visit the Pitch'n website.

Featured species

Green and golden bell frog (Litoria aurea)

Common name: Green and golden bell frog
Scientific name: Litoria aurea
Conservation status: Endangered

Ranging in size from approx. 45mm - 100mm, the green and golden bell frog has a creamish white stripe running along the side, extending from the upper eyelids almost to the groin, with a narrow dark brown stripe beneath it, from nostril to eye. The colour of the body varies. Usually a vivid pea-green, splotched with an almost metallic brassy brown or gold.

Since 1990 there have been approximately 50 recorded locations in NSW, most of which are small, coastal, or near coastal populations.

Threats: The green and golden bell frog is preyed upon by various wading birds, snakes and foxes and can also negatively respond to herbicides and other weed-control measures.

Dates for your diary

30 July – National Tree Day

12 August – National Science Week

21 August – Keep Australia Beautiful Week

7 September – National Threatened Species Day

15 October - National Water Week

Calling early career ecologists

The NSW Office of Environment & Heritage (OEH) and the Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) are calling for applications from early career researchers for the prestigious ‘Outstanding Outreach Award’.

This year there will be six prizes, each comprising cash, a certificate, and recognition from OEH and the Ecological Society of Australia. The awards will be presented at the Society’s annual conference in November.

The prizes are open to ecologists working in any part of Australia who are at an early stage in their career, including honours students, postgraduate students, practitioners, and academics.

For further information and to apply visit OEH/ESA Prize for Outstanding Outreach. Applications close 25 August 2017.