Abundance of Hume's native wildlife showcased in new guide

A free guide designed to encourage residents to explore the diversity of native mammals, reptiles and frogs found in Hume’s waterways, woodlands and grasslands will be launched at an event hosted by Hume City Council on Thursday 19 April 2018.

Fauna of Hume is a companion to the popular Birds of Hume field guide and contains images of 61 native species of mammals, frogs and reptiles and includes six of the most common introduced species that can be spotted throughout Hume.

Mayor of Hume Geoff Porter said Fauna of Hume will encourage residents to get outdoors and appreciate the stunning abundance of wildlife and nature in Hume.

“Many of our native plants and animals are facing various threats, leading to their decline, and possible extinction. The loss of habitat and the impact of introduced species are the two greatest threats to biodiversity.

“There is much each of us can do. Using Fauna in Hume to become aware of all the wonderful native animals that call Hume home is a great start.

“The beautiful images contained within this guide will help engage and educate our community, assisting residents to become proficient at identifying both the native and introduced species they come across.

“Our companion field guide, Birds of Hume, has already proven to be a popular resource for residents, with over 9,000 copies distributed to the community. I’m sure Fauna of Hume will be just as popular,” Cr Porter said.

Fauna of Hume has been developed by Hume City Council to connect residents with nature in order to enhance biodiversity conservation outcomes, while encouraging people to appreciate nature for the wide range of health and wellbeing benefits it can provide.

Fauna of Hume was created with images provided by individuals from the Craigieburn Camera Club, Australasian Bat Society, Biosis, Wildlife Profiles, Bowerbird and Hume City Council.

The free Fauna of Hume field guide will be launched to the public at 6:30pm, Thursday 19 April at the Hume Global Learning Centre – Broadmeadows.

To attend the launch residents are encouraged to RSVP by Monday 16 April 2018 to Council’s Urban Biodiversity Officer, Melissa Doherty, on 9205 2466 or melissado@hume.vic.gov.au.

Alternatively you can visit www.hume.vic.gov.au/livegreenworkshops

Posted on 11:00 AM, 9 April 2018

Updated : 11:00 AM, 9 April 2018

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