Today, 1 September, marks National Wattle Day. The Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) is Australia's national floral emblem.
Our country has close to 1,000 species of wattle - and within this number, 76 species are listed as critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable to the risk of extinction (EPBC Act, 1999).
Our ecosystems are interdependent on both the floral and faunal species for survival. Without one, the other would cease to exist. Floral projects, including establishing an insurance population of the Bulburin Nut tree, replanting important habitat for the Southern Cassowary and protecting the Tall Astelia continue to be essential for FAME to support are but a few examples that demonstrate how floral species regenerate the country's ecosystem.
In celebration of National Wattle Day, before you head out for the day, remember to wear a sprig of wattle, symbolic of today. Instead of 'hello' or 'good morning' why not say 'Happy Wattle Day', and if you get a chance, take a moment to enjoy the wattles in flower around your garden, local area or bush location.
For more information about National Wattle Day, visit http://www.wattleday.asn.au