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Saving our Species and Threatened Species Day

Threatened Species Day is held on 7 September each year to commemorate the death of the last remaining Tasmanian tiger (also known as the thylacine) at Hobart Zoo in 1936 and to focus on how to protect our threatened species in the future. It is a day to celebrate our success stories and ongoing threatened species recovery work.

The Office of the Environment and Heritage is committed to the Saving our Species program and encourages everyone in NSW to do something to celebrate National Threatened Species Day each year. We offer the opportunity to share your stories, events and activities on our EngageHQ page, and have a variety of activities, lesson plans and resources available to download.

You can learn more about the Saving our Species program and find out what threatened species live near you by visiting the links on this page. There are activities year round where you can support the endangered plants and animals in your community, with Saving our Species, at a national park or with our partners.

Threatened Species Day is held on 7 September each year to commemorate the death of the last remaining Tasmanian tiger (also known as the thylacine) at Hobart Zoo in 1936 and to focus on how to protect our threatened species in the future. It is a day to celebrate our success stories and ongoing threatened species recovery work.

The Office of the Environment and Heritage is committed to the Saving our Species program and encourages everyone in NSW to do something to celebrate National Threatened Species Day each year. We offer the opportunity to share your stories, events and activities on our EngageHQ page, and have a variety of activities, lesson plans and resources available to download.

You can learn more about the Saving our Species program and find out what threatened species live near you by visiting the links on this page. There are activities year round where you can support the endangered plants and animals in your community, with Saving our Species, at a national park or with our partners.

  • Find the Purple Copper Butterly in Rydal

    over 1 year ago

    The re-scheduled public information day about the Purple Copper Butterfly and its special relationship with the native Blackthorne and black ants will be Wed Sept 28th at 9:30. Meet at the Rydal RFS shed for a tour, info and a free BBQ lunch.

    The re-scheduled public information day about the Purple Copper Butterfly and its special relationship with the native Blackthorne and black ants will be Wed Sept 28th at 9:30. Meet at the Rydal RFS shed for a tour, info and a free BBQ lunch.

  • School holiday fun-Biodiversity Day at Blue Gum Hills Regional Park

    over 1 year ago

    This free community day is hugely popular - a great way to amuse the kids and learn a few things about threatened species and biodiversity at the same time. Free BBQ, native plant giveaways, a chance to interact with live animals and heaps of activities. The Park is at Minmi Road, Minmi.

    This free community day is hugely popular - a great way to amuse the kids and learn a few things about threatened species and biodiversity at the same time. Free BBQ, native plant giveaways, a chance to interact with live animals and heaps of activities. The Park is at Minmi Road, Minmi.

  • Surry Hills exhibition and workshop of Threatened Species artwork from kids' winners

    over 1 year ago

    On 24 Sept the Surry Hills Festival will hold art workshops at the Neighbourhood Centre focussed on Threatened Species, while the nearby Library and Community Centre will display winners of the children's art contest recently announced at an event at Parliament House. Details here.

    On 24 Sept the Surry Hills Festival will hold art workshops at the Neighbourhood Centre focussed on Threatened Species, while the nearby Library and Community Centre will display winners of the children's art contest recently announced at an event at Parliament House. Details here.

  • Practical design - windbreaks and seedballs

    over 1 year ago
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    At the Crossing Land Education Centre near Bermagui landholders learned through doing - first a workshop on windbreak design using fire retardant species, making seedballs and learning about local koalas. Then in the afternoon, they planted a windbreak shelterbelt, which can reduce wind and fire damage as well as providing a corridor for wildlife.

    At the Crossing Land Education Centre near Bermagui landholders learned through doing - first a workshop on windbreak design using fire retardant species, making seedballs and learning about local koalas. Then in the afternoon, they planted a windbreak shelterbelt, which can reduce wind and fire damage as well as providing a corridor for wildlife.

  • New trees for Wandiyali and Panboola

    over 1 year ago
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    New volunteers and dedicated community members joined experts in learning the best species and methods needed for habitat restoration. In Pamboola that meant forest red gums for the lowland grassy woodland - an endangered ecological community. At Wandiyali Habitat, in partnership with Conservation Volunteers Australia, the group had a detailed workshop followed by a tour and BBQ.

    New volunteers and dedicated community members joined experts in learning the best species and methods needed for habitat restoration. In Pamboola that meant forest red gums for the lowland grassy woodland - an endangered ecological community. At Wandiyali Habitat, in partnership with Conservation Volunteers Australia, the group had a detailed workshop followed by a tour and BBQ.

  • Keen support for the Green and Gold Bell Frog

    over 1 year ago

    A great mix of academics, consultants, ecologists and environmental practitioners learnt about green and gold bell frog adaptive management techniques at the Sydney Olympic Park (SOPA). SOPA has a long and successful history of creating frog habitat (around 100ha) and breeding frogs. On Threatened Species Day Deb Ashworth and Lyn Raffan from OEH Greater Sydney collaborated with them to organise a Saving Our Species gathering and knowledge sharing engagement event which drew participants from across NSW.


    A great mix of academics, consultants, ecologists and environmental practitioners learnt about green and gold bell frog adaptive management techniques at the Sydney Olympic Park (SOPA). SOPA has a long and successful history of creating frog habitat (around 100ha) and breeding frogs. On Threatened Species Day Deb Ashworth and Lyn Raffan from OEH Greater Sydney collaborated with them to organise a Saving Our Species gathering and knowledge sharing engagement event which drew participants from across NSW.


  • Winners capture something special

    over 1 year ago

    In the Macarthur region a whopping 709 children entered the 2016 Threatened Species Day art contest. All artworks will be on display across the Campbelltown libraries from 13-27 Sept. Due to the large number of entries, each age group will also be displayed at a different library:

    • 5-6 age category at the Eagle Vale Library, Cnr Feldspar Road and Emerald Dr, Eagle Vale.
    • 7-9 age category at the HJ Daley Library, 1 Hurley St, Campbelltown.
    • 10-12 age category at the Glenquarie Library, 12 Brooks St, Macquarie Fields.
    Read about the winners and see the entries on Flikr here

    In the Macarthur region a whopping 709 children entered the 2016 Threatened Species Day art contest. All artworks will be on display across the Campbelltown libraries from 13-27 Sept. Due to the large number of entries, each age group will also be displayed at a different library:

    • 5-6 age category at the Eagle Vale Library, Cnr Feldspar Road and Emerald Dr, Eagle Vale.
    • 7-9 age category at the HJ Daley Library, 1 Hurley St, Campbelltown.
    • 10-12 age category at the Glenquarie Library, 12 Brooks St, Macquarie Fields.
    Read about the winners and see the entries on Flikr here
  • Team of professional detection dogs unleashed on Threatened Species Day

    over 1 year ago
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    Minister for the Environment Mark Speakman enjoyed the opportunity to meet the remarkable detection dogs who are joining the fight to protect NSW's endangered species.

    Minister for the Environment Mark Speakman enjoyed the opportunity to meet the remarkable detection dogs who are joining the fight to protect NSW's endangered species.

  • Kids and councils launch new efforts to save the Superb Parrot

    over 1 year ago
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    There was excitement everywhere on Threatened Species Day in Boorawa as schoolchildren did their best creative work to help raise awareness of the Superb Parrot. Full story here

    And in Orange, five councils are working together with OEH to create new hollows for homes for the parrot. See the tv news story here.


    There was excitement everywhere on Threatened Species Day in Boorawa as schoolchildren did their best creative work to help raise awareness of the Superb Parrot. Full story here

    And in Orange, five councils are working together with OEH to create new hollows for homes for the parrot. See the tv news story here.


  • QuestaGame - are you ready to play?

    over 1 year ago
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    Are you on QuestaGame yet? QuestaGame is a mobile game that gets players outdoors to discover and help preserve life on this planet. In honour of preserving biodiversity worldwide, on September 7th, QuestaGame will be awarding the top 3 players of the day special in-game equipment. You can download the app and learn about the worldwide partners at: www.QuestaGame.com. And from Sept 7-30, there will be more prizes for the most points earned for the month. Find something rare or unusual and you could race to the top...or help identify species for others.

    Are you on QuestaGame yet? QuestaGame is a mobile game that gets players outdoors to discover and help preserve life on this planet. In honour of preserving biodiversity worldwide, on September 7th, QuestaGame will be awarding the top 3 players of the day special in-game equipment. You can download the app and learn about the worldwide partners at: www.QuestaGame.com. And from Sept 7-30, there will be more prizes for the most points earned for the month. Find something rare or unusual and you could race to the top...or help identify species for others.