A biodiversity hotspot, a numbat with superpowers and a mission to protect the Wheatbelt’s unique plants and animals. These are the ingredients that make up Wheatbelt NRM’s newest community initiative, Hotspot Heroes.
Launching this week, we are on a mission to build a brigade of junior biodiversity superheroes. Aimed at primary school students and their families, Hotspot Heroes is a community engagement initiative that is not only designed to raise awareness of the South West Australia Ecoregion (SWAE) and the threats facing the unique flora and fauna within it but to provide positive solutions that everyone can get involved with.
Project Manager – Marketing and Engagement, Sarah Moore, explains, “The South West Australia Ecoregion covers a huge 48.9 million hectares from Shark Bay to Esperance and encompasses a majority of the Wheatbelt.”
“As much as 94% of the region’s vegetation has been cleared which puts our threatened plants and animals at risk of extinction. In fact, this region has the highest concentration of rare and endangered species in Australia!”
She goes onto to say, “Hotspot Heroes, with its leader Captain Numbat issuing regular challenges, is a fun and engaging way for young families to become involved in biodiversity and the protection of our threatened species.”
Families that join Captain Numbat will receive free regular Hero Kits, be invited to school holiday Hero Training Days and will be issued with a top-secret biodiversity challenge.
Hotspot Heroes is a free biodiversity initiative. For more information or to sign up as a Hotspot Hero, visit http://wheatbeltnrm.org.au/hotspotheroes