RE: Orange Bellied Parrots and Wind Gene

Subject: RE: Orange Bellied Parrots and Wind Gene
Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2001 9:24:45 +1000
I think I tend to agree with Lawrie.  There is a tendency to grab hold of 
endangered species in an effort to fight anything that someone might disagree 
with.  Fair enough as all fair in love and war but, in many cases, this may 
work against them in the long run.

There is a need to look at the issues rationally.  What are the odds of an 
Orange-bellied Parrot running foul of a wind powered generator?  I was asked a 
similar question re. shorebirds in the Hunter estuary several years ago.  The 
generator was built and, to my knowledge not a single bird strike recorded to 
date - in an area where the number of shorebirds is far greater than the total 
world population of Orange-bellied Parrots!  Simply, in the case of the 
Kooragang generator the blades turn slowly and it would be a VERY unfortunate 
bird to get clobbered.

What is the population of parrots in the area?  Is the generator being built in 
the middle of their foraging habitat?

Now, I'm not saying that there is no case, I don't know the first thing about 
this particular issue, I'm simply saying that the facts need to be understood 
before people make a stand.  If the birding community is going to get behind an 
issue such as this they really need to be very careful to remain credibility.

Some time ago the Regent Honeyeater was mentioned as a reason to prevent the 
logging of Goonoo State Forest, near Dubbo, for charcoal.  There has been one 
reliable record of Regent Honeyeaters in this forest!  In this case those 
people putting the case were far better to hanging their hat on something more 
tangible such as Malleefowl or Glossy Black Cockatoos.

Anyway, for what it's worth there's my two bobs worth.


David Geering
Regent Honeyeater Recovery Coordinator
P.O. Box 2111
Dubbo NSW 2830
Ph. Freecall 1800 621 056 or 02 6883 5335

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