Flora for Fauna News:
Do you like to WILDWATCH?
Imagine if we all really looked at our own backyards - 20 million pairs of eyes across Australia looking at what’s living there. That’s the idea behind ABC’s WILDWATCH Australia - an online survey designed to find out more about wildlife in Australia’s backyards.
Our native animals don’t reside exclusively in the Australian bush – we share our towns and cities with many birds, butterflies, frogs and other native fauna. Our backyards effectively become their homes – so it’s not surprising that what we do in our backyards impacts on our wildlife.
Flora for Fauna encourages everyone to participate in the survey, which is being launched nationally on Saturday 3rd April at 6.30pm in the Richard Morecroft Goes Wild ABC TV show.
Through the WILDWATCH Australia survey, we can build a picture of what is happening to our wildlife in our area of the country, as well as across the nation, and how best to conserve it.
Everyone can participate as the survey is covering the whole of the Australia, from the outback to suburban blocks to city apartments – just step outside or look out of your window!
The WILDWATCH Australia online survey www.abc.net.au/wildwatch will be open for five weeks – from April 3 to May 7, 2004.
The results of the survey will provide universities and other organisations with a contemporary snapshot of the animals found in gardens and a map of overall wildlife trends. The results will be published on June 21, 2004
Organisations involved in ABC’s WILDWATCH Australia include:
- Australian Wildlife Management Society
- Australian Museum
- Australian National University
- Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology - Melbourne University
- BIOCITY Adelaide – Centre for Urban Habitats
- Birds Australia: Birds in Backyards
- Deakin University
- Department of Heritage & Environment, SA
- Gould League
- Greening Australia
- Griffith University
- Land for Wildlife
- New South Wales National Parks & Wildlife Service
- NGIA’s Flora for Fauna program
- Threatened Species Unit, University of New
- Various Councils (NSW, SA, network via Environs
- Vertebrate Pest Research Unit
- World Wide Fund for Nature Australia.