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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.au/donate

From; Birdlife, Australia

Hooded Plover

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

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Hooded Plover


My name’s Kai.

 

When I learned that koalas were starving to death after bushfires had burned through two thirds of Kangaroo Island, I didn’t have a choice but to try to help.

 

I’m an arborist by trade and I have koala handling experience, so I decided to drive from my home in Sydney to Adelaide before catching the ferry to Kangaroo Island. This turned into spending seven weeks on the island, trying to rescue as many burnt and injured koalas as I could. It was the most harrowing and traumatic work I’ve ever done. But also the most important.

 

The horrific things I saw and experienced will stay etched my mind and in my heart forever.
Having just returned from witnessing the absolute devastation of our wildlife, doing everything I could to help it, I cannot believe what I read today. 
The fossil fuel lobby is pressuring the government to relax our environmental laws, pushing for a free-pass to fast-track their climate-wrecking projects. And Environment Minister Sussan Ley seems poised to let it happen. [1]

After the devastating bushfire season we’ve had – this is the worst thing we could possibly do for our threatened species and their habitats. And they’re doing it under the cover COVID-19 when they think we’re not paying attention.

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I helped to rescue over a hundred koalas this summer. Some didn’t pull through, others are still recovering, and many have been released back into the wild – but I remember them all. You don’t forget animals like koalas, and I felt privileged to have the opportunity to assist such unique creatures when they needed so much help.

 

This is why I can’t begin to fathom how we could put them in further danger, with policies that would allow deforestation and the destruction of critical koala habitat.
With fossil fuel companies moving in to take advantage of COVID-19, we need to come together to demand better. To demand a new generation of environmental laws that genuinely put the environment first – not the coal lobby and their profits.

 

Thank you for your help. Together we will fight for our wildlife and keep them safe for generations to come.

 

For the koalas, and all of us.

 

Despite harsh circumstances, together we have achieved some historic wins.

You – the voice of our oceans – have secured the safety of countless marine animals this year. 

Their future is brighter thanks to you.

We’ve created a video highlighting some of the great wins you made possible in 2019.

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Here’s just a few of the wins you made possible.

  • At long last our whales won’t face harpoons this summer! After years of fighting, we finally won the battle against Japan’s lethal whaling program in our Southern Oceans.
  • We passed laws to save the Great Barrier Reef from water pollution! Our new water pollution laws in Queensland will boost coral health, helping our Reef ecosystem to be more resilient in the face of rising sea temperatures.
  • We inspired SA, QLD and the ACT to commit to banning dangerous plastics! The momentum for change is incredible, and it is all thanks to you.We’re going to save our wildlife from choking on plastic.

Watch the video to see more good news!

Every member of the AMCS crew has been blown away by the number of people rising up to save our oceans this year. Whether you sent emails, phoned MPs, donated money, or participated in rallies or events, all of our collective actions have made these wins possible. Thank you.

Your support is going to be crucial in the year ahead.

We are about to enter one of the most critical decades our oceans have ever faced. Australians are feeling the heat of the climate crisis right now. Our turtles, penguins and reef wildlife are on the front line. We must rise to the challenge of protecting them.

Yet despite the challenges we face, I know the future of Australia’s ocean wildlife is brighter thanks to you. 

Stay resolute. Together we truly do have the power to give healthy oceans full of life to our children and grandchildren.

Happy holidays from all of us at AMCS.

Darren Kindleysides
With all the crew at the Australian Marine Conservation Society