Threatened fauna talk
Friends of Grampians-gariwerd will host a talk about threatened fauna at Halls Gap on Saturday afternoon.
The event will be in Parks Victoria’s mural room at 4pm. Threatened Fauna Program leader Nick Clemann from the Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research will be guest speaker.
Group member Bill Gardner said earth was heading for a mass extinction event unmatched in 66 million years.
“Although charismatic megafauna feature in this ‘sixth extinction’, and get the lion’s share of attention from the public, lesser known species make up the bulk of the losses, yet fare poorly in terms of conservation attention and funding,” he said.
“Reptiles are the least popular of the terrestrial vertebrates, and are therefore particularly challenging to conserve.”
Mr Gardner said Mr Clemann would outline the ‘sixth extinction’ and how reptiles of south-eastern Australia exemplified this bio-catastrophe.
“He will describe the processes driving losses of biodiversity and the changes we must make to avoid massive, irretrievable losses,” he said.
“To highlight the value of some our least popular fauna, Nick will conclude with the story of Venom Bank.”
People can call David Steane on 0429 677 061 for more information.