Conservation Week and 25 new WA indicator species.
Conservation Week, the largest community focused environmental event in WA, was launched on Saturday October 23 at the Cockburn Wetlands Centre. The day was packed full with opening day activities including citizen science, ClimateWatch and climate change presentations . After dark, scientists took the public on a walk near Bibra Lake for a twilight survey listening out for bats.
Piers Verstegen, Director of the Conservation Council of WA says, “During Conservation Week, communities all over WA celebrate our unique environment and promote action towards building a sustainable future. The aim of Conservation Week in this International year of Biodiversity is to highlight the threats to biodiversity and the role people might play in finding solutions. A large part of Conservation Week is also about celebrating the great work of community groups and individuals all across the state.”
“In the space of one week we have thirty community environment events focused on how we can do our bit to protect the environment and our unique biodiversity. The South West of our state has been identified as a biodiversity hotspot of global significance, and many community groups and individuals are doing their bit to help protect it. Conservation Week is about recognizing this work and encouraging more people to get involved”.
Rich Weatherill, from Earthwatch and the ClimateWatch WA Program Manager says “At the opening of this event we are excited to be launching 25 species that have been carefully selected especially for WA. We are asking for the ears and ears of the local community to keep a look out for these new indicator species in their own backyards, parks and suburban streets to help us understand what is happening to our natural environment.”
Check out the species and find out which ones are in your area.