Fw: Qld. Media statement - Rare Birds Discovered in Queensland

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Subject: Fw: Qld. Media statement - Rare Birds Discovered in Queensland
From: "Jon Wren" <>
Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2000 22:53:34 +1000
Sent: Thursday, 7 September 2000 5:43
Subject: Fw: Qld. Media statement - Rare Birds Discovered in Queensland

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> Sent: Thursday, September 07, 2000 4:40 PM
> Subject: Qld. Media statement - Rare Birds Discovered in Queensland
> > Environment and Heritage/Natural Resources,   HON. RODNEY WELFORD
> >
> > 7/9/00
> >
> >
> > Rare Birds Discovered in Queensland
> >
> > The State Government today announced that two rare species of birds had
> been 're-discovered' in Queensland at locations almost 2,000 kilometres
> apart.
> >
> > Environment and Heritage Minister, Rod Welford, said the Government's
> initiative to reintroduce NatureSearch had been rewarded with new findings
> of the rare 'Sooty Owl' and the 'Eastern Star Finch'.
> >
> > Speaking on National Threatened Species Day, Mr Welford, said a Brisbane
> couple with a passion for wildlife had discovered the tiny, dark grey
> Owl' in their Brookfield backyard.
> >
> > "This is the first time this rare bird has been spotted in Brisbane," Mr
> Welford said.
> >
> > "Another bird, the endangered Eastern Star Finch, has also been
> 're-discovered' by NatureSearch volunteers in the Lakefield National Park
> Cape York.
> >
> > "This has unravelled a long-held mystery about the disappearance of this
> bird from its known habitat during the wet season.
> >
> > "Now we know the bird migrates to Lakefield National Park to feed and
> shelter, it further reinforces the value of this Cape York area as a part
> our protected estate."
> >
> > Mr Welford also announced the Government had arranged the transfer of
> bridled nailtail wallabies from a captive-breeding program at the Gold
> to a new home at Rockhampton Zoo.
> >
> > "The bridled nailtail wallaby is one of Australia's most endangered
> animals, once believed extinct until it was also 're-discovered' in 1973
> the Taunton National Park," he said.
> >
> > "The success of the Gold Coast breeding program means we can develop a
> special display at the Rockhampton Zoo as an educational resource for the
> central Queensland community."
> >
> > Threatened Species Day is held on 7 September every year, to highlight
> threatened species. It is the date the last Tasmanian Tiger died in
> captivity in 1936.
> >
> > Releasing a new scientific review of the impacts of tree clearing, Mr
> Welford said it was important all sections of the community recognised the
> importance of our natural environment in providing habitats for wildlife
> havens for plant species.
> >
> > Native Vegetation Management in Queensland: Background, Science and
> Values, is designed to help people in cities and rural areas understand
> value of retaining native vegetation.
> >
> > "There are currently 1400 Australian species now at risk of extinction,
> and land clearing is one very obvious reason why this is occurring," Mr
> Welford said.
> >
> > "This book looks at the impact of clearing on the habitats of native
> plants and animals and how extreme flood and drought conditions affect
> regional ecosystems.
> >
> > "Landholders must recognise that protecting wildlife corridors has a
> bigger impact in biodiversity than they may realise."
> >
> > Contact: Greg Milne or Bernadette Alizart on 38963688
> >
> >
> >
> >
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