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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

Mating pair of Richmond birdwing butterflies (male at left) Photo: Ian Gynther, EHP

Mating pair of Richmond birdwing butterflies (male at left) Photo: Ian Gynther, EHP

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 (PDF, 218K) 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.

Help to conserve water in your garden:

  • 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

Koala

Koala

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 of Environment and Heritage Protection operates several services and facilities for the care of koalas in South East Queensland.

If you find a sick, injured or dead koala contact the koala ambulance:

  • For the Brisbane south, Redlands and Logan areas:
    Daisy Hill Koala Ambulance operates every day between 8.00 am and 4.30 pm. Phone: (07) 3299 1032 or 0412 429 898. 
  • For all other areas in Queensland call RSPCA: 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625).
    The Daisy Hill Koala Centre is a dedicated koala education facility located near Brisbane.
    The Moggil Koala Hospital 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:

Volunteer

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 or try some of the following:

  • Volunteering Queensland
    This organisation works to encourage, recognise, promote and advocate for voluntary participation to benefit the individual and community.
  • Conservation Volunteers
    This organisation is a national, not-for-profit community based organisation that is dedicated to involving the community in practical conservation natural resource management programs. 
  • Landcare Australia
    Landcare groups need assistance with office and administrative tasks, financial and legal work, GIS and computer services, water quality, soil science, agriculture, media, communication, and are always looking for people willing to put in some good old elbow grease.
  • Greening Australia
    Volunteering is a great way to have a direct impact on the health of our environment. You can get involved by getting your hands dirty at community tree planting events, helping out at one of our community nurseries or volunteering at one of the offices around the country
  • Bat Rescue Inc
    A non-profit volunteer organisation dedicated to the care and conservation of Australian bats
  • Turtlecare Sunshine Coast
    The aim of the TurtleCare Volunteer program is to implement an ongoing marine turtle monitoring program for nesting activity on the beaches from Golden Beach to Point Cartwright and Sunshine Beach North to Teewah Beach to identify and record species, nesting locations, frequency and success rates of nesting activity.
  • Quoll Seekers Network
    This network was established to raise community awareness of quolls in Queensland, gather information on quoll populations, and help people enjoy living alongside quolls
  • Seagrass Watch
    The role of Seagrass-Watch HQ is to develop scientifically rigorous assessment of seagrass resources, provide training, manage/validate/interpret the data, coordinate between communities and scientists, facilitate the establishment of networks and to continue the development and expansion of the program.
Last updated
26 October 2016