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Celebrating success on National Threatened Species Day

Endangered Southern Pygmy PerchNational Threatened Species Day is held annually on 7 September to commemorate the death of the last Tasmanian tiger (or thylacine) at Hobart Zoo, in 1936. Today there is a greater awareness that individuals, groups and partnerships with government agencies can have some remarkable successes in protecting threatened species, such as Squirrel gliders in Burrumbuttock and Albury, Bush Stone Curlews from Jindera to Moulamein, and wild orchids at Oaklands and Nail Can Hill Albury.

Threatened species are a vital part of biodiversity. In the Murray region, like elsewhere, modification and loss of habitat, and invasive species, continue to be a challenge for threatened flora and fauna. However, with proper management and the combined work of partners, these species can be helped to ensure their long-term survival.

Murray Local Land Services staff has worked extensively with landholders and other agencies on threatened species initiatives over the years as part of their commitment to ensuring healthy, diverse and connected natural environments.

The challenge is ongoing, but the commitment of landholders, community groups, Councils, government agencies and Murray LLS is showing results for the Squirrel Gliders, Bush stone-curlews, Corroboree Frogs, Booroolong Frogs, Bitterns, Southern Pygmy Perch and orchids, just some of our local threatened species.

Murray Local Land Services ecologist Dr. Helen Waudby said: "We have a long history of working with partners to improve habitat – it's not all bad news – in fact we are having some wins with Southern Pygmy Perch.

Tara Pitman, Murray Local Land Services Project Manager for the Small-bodied Native Fish project, added: Recent surveys have shown an increase in Southern Pygmy Perch and Booroolong Frog numbers at key sites, following weed control and revegetation that has taken place over the past five years.

"The contributions from project partners and support from local landholders are key to the success of the project" she added.

Southern Pygmy Perch once occupied extensive areas of waterways throughout inland NSW. Sadly, the size and number of their populations has declined significantly in recent decades – mostly through the loss of aquatic vegetation, spawning failure, and predation by pest fish species. Murray LLS is continuing to work with partners such as Holbrook Landcare Network and NSW Fisheries to ensure the long-term survival of these tiny fish.

Take some time to reflect on the fate of our flora and fauna, to think about ways to manage threatened species in the future, and to celebrate success stories.

Any community members who would like more information can contact Helen Waudby at Murray Local Land Services on 02 6051 2222 or helen.waudby@lls.nsw.gov.au.

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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Helen Waudby, Murray Local Land Services, p: 02 6051 2222, e: helen.waudby@lls.nsw.gov.au.