How you can help
There are a number of ways you and your friends and family can celebrate Threatened Species Week and contribute to helping their survival:
Show support on Facebook or Twitter
Show your support for our threatened species by replacing your profile picture on Facebook or Twitter with a picture of your favourite species. Spread the word about Threatened Species Day and the plight of our species in need.
Protect threatened species at home
Attract wildlife to your garden:
- Plant native species in your garden to encourage local wildlife.
- Make your garden as natural as possible with ponds and vegetation layers from ground covers to trees.
- Avoid the use of pesticides as they can harm the insects that attract other native animals into your garden.
- Retain or revegetate natural bushland, especially along creeks and fence lines, so that animals can use them to move between bushland remnants.
- Establish nesting boxes for possums and birds in trees on your property.
Be a responsible pet owner:
- Register your dog or cat.
- Your dog should be ‘denned’ at night (where the dog is confined to its sleeping area).
- Try to restrict your cat’s time outdoors.
- Be ‘koala friendly’ by checking to see if there are koalas on your property and keeping your dog and koalas apart. Read more in the koalas and dogs fact sheet.
- Train your dog not to chase other animals.
- Keep your dog on its lead when walking on the beach so it does not chase shorebirds.
Help reduce pollution and waste in your neighbourhood:
- Recycle glass, paper and other household containers.
- Compost your organic wastes or investigate if your local council can provide a green bin.
- Minimise plastic usage by shopping with re-useable bags.
- Do not let polluted water or plastics into your storm-water drains, which flow into local rivers. Plastics can be carried by rivers out to sea and become a threat to marine life.
- Choose water wise plants for the Queensland climate to save water and time spent caring for them.
- Leave fallen leaves and twigs on the ground, as this litter provides living places for many insects, increases nutrients in the soil, and reduces water loss.
- Install a rain-water tank.
Help a sick or injured animal
Report any sick or injured wildlife, or marine strandings to RSPCA Queensland 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625).
Don’t risk injury. Keep safe and follow the guidelines for handling and transporting sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. The department operates several services and facilities for the care of koalas in South East Queensland.
If you find a sick, injured or dead koala call RSPCA: 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625).
The Daisy Hill Koala Centre is a dedicated koala education facility located near Brisbane.
The Moggil Koala Rehabilitation Centre is run by the department for the rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned koalas.
Learn about threatened species at school
There are a number of school resources available for teachers and educators that provide lesson plans and handouts:
- Department of Environment and Energy: Logs have Life Inside—Music and Education Kit
- Queensland Government: Using Water Wisely
- Queensland Government: Northern hairy-nosed wombat puzzles
- Queensland Museum: Wild Backyards
- The Glossy Black Conservancy: Glossy Black-Cockatoo education kit
- Wetlands—Education for schools
There are various ways you can volunteer to help conserve threatened species and their habitat.
The Queensland Government has a list of potential volunteer projects you can get involved with.
There are many other small and large conservation organisations that offer volunteer opportunities across the state. Why not try contacting your local council or local naturalist groups to see what they have available.