Please consider giving now to support our critical re-vegetation projects and advocacy campaigns so that birds like the Swift Parrot will have habitat into the future. https://support.birdlife.org.
au/donate In February 2020, BirdLife’s Woodland Birds team had the pleasure of spending some time searching for Swift Parrots with acclaimed author and long-time BirdLife supporter Margaret Atwood Margaret Atwood.
Like the rest of us, she is gravely worried about our already precarious Swift Parrots. Their population numbers have plummeted from over 8,000 breeding pairs to less than 1,000 pairs. Their biggest threat is deforestation. Yet industrial logging surges on — even after the devastating loss of habitat during the summer’s bushfires. Our forests are in dire need of a break. But incredibly, in New South Wales logging is happening in bushfire ravaged areas, and in Tasmania we could see previously protected forests opened up for logging if the state Parliament agrees.
This year is a very important one for Australian nature. For the first time in ten years, National Environment Laws are being reviewed —and BirdLife will be on the frontline, calling for urgent action. We’re giving threatened birds a voice, and we need you by our side. BirdLife Australia is dedicated to fighting for stronger nature laws, and with the review this year, our Campaigns team will be fighting harder than ever to make sure our most vulnerable birds are looked after. Will you help fund our campaigns work at this critical time? https://support.birdlife.org.
From; Birdlife, Australia
Learn about the life and challenges of Hooded Plovers (hoodies), and the work that BirdLife Australia’s Beach-nesting Bird Program and their volunteers do to help our hoodies succeed.
You, as a beach user, can also help this threatened species!
This video has been produced by First Ladies Productions, with the support of Glenelg Hopkins CMA, BirdLife Australia, Corangamite CMA, West Gippsland CMA, Kangaroo Island NRM and Eyre Peninsula NRM, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.
From: Birdlife Australia
Extinction Nation -Recommended viewing:
The fight to save Australia’s endangered species.
“It’s about as bad as it can get, without them literally all being dead.” Bird ecologist
Australia boasts a stunning array of unique wildlife. They feature on our coat of arms and they’re placed front and centre in our tourism campaigns. But the reality is, many of our native animals are in danger.
“It’s embarrassing being involved with wildlife, to be an Australian, to have this record of extinction.” Conservation sanctuary owner
Australia has one of the worst extinction rates on the planet and the problem is growing. There are currently more than 500 animal species under threat.
“If we can’t bring ourselves to care…then what about the next thing, and what about the next thing after that? Where’s the end point of that attitude?” Conservation ecologist
On Monday Four Corners investigates how Australia has found itself in the midst of an extinction crisis.
“Our system for protecting threatened species in this country is fundamentally broken.” Conservation activist
There is heated debate over who is responsible and what lengths governments should go to, to save these threatened species.
“It’s not about waving a chequebook at the levels of threatened species. It’s about sensible funding, which we do.” Environment Minister
Four Corners goes into the field with leading scientists and conservation volunteers to document first hand the fight to save these wild creatures. Our camera captures precious pictures of some of these endangered animals.
“It is rare to see them at all but to have posing like that for us was a gift…just wonderful.” Volunteer conservationist
With money in short supply, many rescue efforts are reliant on volunteers and crowd funding,
“If volunteers like us weren’t doing it, it just wouldn’t be done and the animals would be going extinct.” Volunteer conservationist
Ecologists say these species are just as priceless as a work of art and should be protected in the same way.
“You wouldn’t go burn the Mona Lisa because you could. You’d put it somewhere and keep it safe.” Bird ecologist
They warn that species extinction will have consequences for us all.
“We are an interconnected ecosystem. It’s going to actually start having knock on effects to us as well and our society and in a whole range of ways.” Conservation activist
Extinction Nation, reported by Stephanie March, goes to air on Monday 24th June at 8.30pm. It is replayed on Tuesday 25th June at 1.00pm and Wednesday 26th at 11.20pm. It can also be seen on ABC NEWS channel on Saturday at 8.10pm AEST, ABC iview and at abc.net.au/4corners.
Dear BIEPA Members, Friends and Affiliates
We are sad we can’t have a gathering at Buckleys Hole or the Kakadu Beach bird hide to celebrate the migratory birds that come all that way to visit us each year.