Can emergency interventions save the Orange-bellied Parrot from extinction?

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By this time of year most of us have started winding down, cheerfully enjoying the season’s rumball-fuelled fripperies. Meanwhile, in a remote pocket of south-west Tasmania, a project is underway to try and mitigate a conservation crisis. And the stakes couldn’t be higher; the very existence of a spectacular Australian bird hangs in the balance. […]

‘Big Year’ record topples; not-so-big-year going strong

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For those of you that didn’t hear: the Australian ‘Big Year’ record was officially broken at the end of 2012. John Weigel has annihilated his predecessors, seeing 745 species of bird in Australia in a single year, beating the previous record of 720 set by Sean Dooley in 2002. Just let that sink in for a moment. Seven hundred and forty five different bird species.
Seen by one man.
In one year.

Our Cloud Forests need your help – Volunteer and escape to the lush wildlife haven of Northern QLD

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This month not for profit organisation Earthwatch are busy chasing volunteers for their expeditions to discover more about the unique and fascinating wildlife of our Cloud Forests here in Queensland…
Escape the sounds of the bustling city as you step into the lush and tranquil tropics on Earthwatch’s Wildlife of the Cloud Forests expedition. The sounds of a bird chorus at dawn and trickling waters of nearby creeks and streams will be your new home, as you immerse yourself in this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Cassowaries Say: Kiss My Yasi!

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Twelve months ago, BIG readers were asked if the cassowary could weather Yasi’s storm. Before the sun had set the day after the category 5 cyclone belted the Queensland coast, cogs were already turning as the community and State Government banded together to address and manage the impact to the endangered, Wet Tropics population, of the southern cassowary, Casuarius casuarius johnsonii.

Dick Smith meets BIG

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A few weeks ago, BIGs specialty bird knowledge services were called upon. A group of serious twitchers were coming to town, with one little bird on top of their list: the Eungella honeyeater (Lichenostomus hindwoodi). We arranged to show the travelling birdos around Eungella NP and surrounds, and hoped that we’d catch sight of the EHEs we have come to know through our surveys.

Biodiversity: A hot topic this month

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Backyard, Cape York, Central Australia, Central QLD, crawly, East coast, Eyre Peninsula, feathered, finned, furry, Mallee, Marine, North QLD, NSW coast, scaly, South Australia, South East QLD

The arrival of spring is not the only reason to celebrate in September, it’s also national biodiversity month.
It provides a chance to celebrate Australia’s magnificent flora, fauna and landscapes; and to promote the conservation of our unique native wildlife.
To wrap up NBM 2011, I thought we’d reflect a bit on what “biodiversity” means in Australia.