Introduce species to new locations

Subject: Introduce species to new locations
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Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2003 10:06:06 +1000
Thde debate over the hypothetical introduction of the Alberts Lyrebird is a 
significant one for those of us concerned with the creation of national parks, 
the formation of wildlife corridors and the management of those reserves. 

If Tim Low is to be believed the design of national parks in the past was 
intentionally to create islands of nature, set apart from the surrounding 
countryside, so that outside influences such as feral pests, could be kept to a 
minimum. That was not smart conservation, of course, and we are now suffering 
the consequences as we scramble to create wildlife corridors in areas long 
since degraded. Many National Parks and other natural areas are small, isolated 
and have large perimeter boundaries that cause management headaches for all 
land managers.

But even worse is that governments still do not take the threat of climate 
change seriously and that local extinctions are a probability. Species 
migration is not possible for many within these ecosystems and even small 
shifts in the balance of nature can directly affect the whole.

For birdwatchers this is important. We could well see many once common birds 
disappear, and very quickly. 

I do not think translocation is the answer. There are many problems with 
genetic movements like this and to move one species in will inevitably impact 
on established species ... nature does not create vacuums!

But we can be more proactive in placing pressure on governments to take a more 
serious look at the big issues! And that is where our energies should now be 

Brian Everingham

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