bush stone curlews

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Subject: bush stone curlews
From: "Leanne Wheaton" <>
Date: Thu, 25 Jul 2002 12:37:48 +1000
Dear bird brains,
I am currently working with the Nature Conservation Working Group on the bush stone curlew population in the southern part of NSW, in the Murray catchment.
I would appreciate site locations of any birds seen or heard in the last couple of years.
The NCWG is a group of landholders, Greening Australia, Rural lands protection board, govt depts, urban environmental interest etc who have conducted a number of huge environmental projects in our region.  We have fenced 15000ha of remnants, constructed 15 seed production areas and enhanced 5000ha of fenced remnants with understorey species, amongst other things.
The group surveyed the whole NSW Murray catchment as to whether they had seen/heard the curlew and what landholders wanted to do to protect it, and have had back reports from lots of landholders.
However I am sure that we haven't got them all.
Landholders' rights to privacy have to be respected, so I am only after rough locations ie road names and nearest town etc.
The biggest threat to the curlew population here is fox predation.  We have established 1, and nearly finished another predator proof fence around a pair of breeding curlews to enable them to nest in peace and allow the chick predator free time to learn to fly.
We had success in our first year with a chick born behind a fence in the Corowa area and surviving until adulthood.  The first on this property for 15 years.
we are aiming to construct a number of these predator free sites across the catchment and also heavily fox bait and shoot around curlew sites and have requested funding from the Environmental Trust, a NSW EPA funding source.
So I would really appreciate any sitings so we can help protect these birds which are endangered in NSW.
Leanne Wheaton
Greening Australia
Ph (02)  60263297
Fax (02) 60263596

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