GLENRAC celebrates our Threatened Species Day

11th Sep 2017

GLENRAC hosted two events to celebrate National Threatened Species Day on Thursday 7th September 2017.  The first event was focussed on understanding the ecology and behaviour of the Indian Myna Bird to effectively control its population in our landscape. These birds are intelligent, aggressive and not afraid of humans making control challenging!

Indian Mynas are a serious threat to the survival of our native wildlife as they are a hollow-nesting species. During the nesting season, they become very aggressive and take over hollows that would have been used by our hollow-dependant species, such as lorikeets and rosellas, kookaburras and sugar gliders. If a hollow is already occupied, they will evict whoever is in there, even animals as big as possums. It has been listed as by the World Conservation Union as one of the world’s Top 100 most invasive species.

This workshop was the third GLENRAC have hosted since 2013 to increase knowledge and awareness of this pest bird. The workshop was presented by Clarence Valley Conservation in Action Landcare members, Kevin and Laura Noble.  The workshop was interactive with participants having plenty of time to ask questions and practise using the cage traps on display.  

The second event was an information evening titled ‘Save Our Threatened Species’. The aim of the event was connect interested land managers and community members with current research in our region relating to local threatened species.

This year our keynote speaker was University of New England PhD student, Sophie Collins. Sophie has started a three-year project to investigate the presence and persistence of frog species in the New England Tablelands. This project will review by ground truthing survey work completed 40-years ago across the New England and will document the presence of frog species found over the next two years with the findings from field work completed 40-years past.

Sophie shared with our some great information on our local frog species, including that there are 17 species of frogs that are threatened species in the New England bioregion. Frogs play an important role in many ecosystems and are a good bio-indicator as they are susceptible to environmental disturbances. Sophie’s presentation was very interesting and we wish her well with her future field studies and look forward to an update in the coming years.

Sophie also mentioned current field research being undertaken by the Australian Museum by Dr. Jodi Rowley who is looking for the Peppered Tree Frog. This frog is known to have been present in the Glen Innes and Armidale regions. The last sighting of this species of frog was collected by the researchers in the 1970’s near Glen Innes.  If you have running streams that are home to frogs Jodi would be interested in hearing from you to extend the search, contact GLENRAC for details.

In addition, the information evening featured presentations from Dr. Mahri Koch, Chair of the Community Consultative Committee for the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area and Peta Perrin, Glen Innes High School who spoke on the school’s proposed Eco-Garden and how that will link with local threatened species including the Boorolong Frog.

Both events were supported by Landcare NSW and Regional Australia Bank.

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