Black-eared Miners threatened by fire

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Subject: Black-eared Miners threatened by fire
From: Rohan Clarke <>
Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2001 12:14:18 +1100
Hi all,
A bit of breaking news....
Yesterday at least three fires started in the Murray-Sunset National Park
(NW VIC) following lightening strikes. At 10:30 this morning all three are
still classified as 'going' which means they are not yet contained or
controlled and are still spreading on at least one front. Perhaps most
worrying is that two of these fires are to the west of and within 5-10km of
our released Black-eared Miners (The ones that have been breeding so well
since last Spring...see the archive). 

The threat of wildfire was the key justification for translocations to
establish a second viable population. Really makes one realise just how
vulnerable Black-eared Miners (and other threatened species that occupy
fragmented mallee habitats) are. With just one viable population at the
moment on Gluepot and surrounding properties fingers crossed for some good
news in the next 24 hours.


Rohan Clarke
PhD Candidate
'Conservation Biology of the Black-eared Miner'
Department of Zoology
La Trobe University
Bundoora Vic. 3083
Tel 03 9479 1672
Fax 03 94791551

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