September is a special month for us – it’s biodiversity month.
Biodiversity helps our environment stay healthy and vibrant. From vast deserts to lush forests, Australia is home to a huge range of plants, animals, and ecosystems.
Every plant, animal, and microbe play a role. Together, they maintain balance and provide resources. This includes clean air, water, and food.
We recognise the unique and varied life on our beautiful country. Australia has up to 700,000 different species of plants and animals, many of which are found nowhere else in the world.
But human activity has put many of these unique species at risk. We have developed a Threatened Species Action Plan which maps a pathway to protect, manage and restore Australia’s threatened species and important natural places. By reading the plan and spreading the word, you can raise awareness of our threatened species and places.
It’s not just about threatened species. Biodiversity month is about protecting, repairing, and managing nature better. We are working towards a Nature Positive Australia, through significant projects and reform, to support conditions where nature – species and ecosystems – is being repaired and is regenerating rather than being in decline.
This month, we are asking everyone to join in and help celebrate. There are many ways you can support biodiversity month:
- go on a Bush Blitz expedition in your area,
- keep a nature journal or connect with nature,
- share your observations with the iNaturalistAU community.
Share your love of nature on social media by uploading photos, videos and stories with the hashtags #GetIntoNature, #biodiversitymonth #ConnectingWithCountry #DCCEEW.
Don’t forget to follow our social media channels – there will be lots of content to help celebrate biodiversity month!
Check out more ways to celebrate: Biodiversity Month – DCCEEW