The concept for the Great Australian Marsupial Night Stalk was developed by Perth Zoo in 1999. It has run every year all around Australia since then. In 2008 the Tiwest Night Stalk program grew to include all species’ sightings – birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. In 2009 the program was linked with the International Year of Biodiversity with participants being asked to record every type of animal they saw, including invertebrates and fish.
By participating, people have fun and also collect valuable data on Australian native species and feral pests. It raises community awareness of native species, their habitats and the major threats to their survival. A total of 6 states got involved in program activities in 2010 with a total of 1026 participants.
Tiwest Night Stalk is a great way to become involved in community conservation action and to learn about our native animals, their habitat and their threats.
The information is collated and made available online for interested members of the community. Particularly interesting sightings of species are also sent to conservation agencies. This regular monitoring can help the community realise which species live in the various habitats of Australia and in turn we hope will encourage conservation action to help protect and preserve the important biodiversity that surrounds us.
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