Re: Australian Honeyeater Threat

Subject: Re: Australian Honeyeater Threat
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Date: Fri, 7 May 2004 12:34:41 +1000 (EST)
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Hi All,

Last night on Catalyst on the ABC, they ran a program on the possible
introduction of the Bumble bee onto the Australian Mainland for  

This is a potential environmental disaster in the making, and i want to
call for concerned birding parties to voice some educated opinions on  
matter to the appropraite parties.

It has already been documented that the European Honey Bee has had a
detrimental impact on Australian bird life by occupying potential nest
hollows for hives, and also taking the early morning nectar from  
flowers, thus severely affecting food supply.

The environmental studies presented on Catalyst were far from promising  
stopping this move, based on the Bumble Bees impact in other countries.
However, as all birders would know, there is a special affinity between
the birds of Australia, and nectar producing plants,  having endemic
families such as the Honeyeater's and Chats.


"In Australia, more than 80% of plant and animal species are endemic,
which means that they only occur naturally in Australia.
Species are grouped together into families according to shared
characteristics. In Australia, it is not just the individual species  
are endemic - whole families of animals and plants are endemic. Seven
families of mammals, four of birds and twelve of flowering plants are
endemic to Australia. No other country has as many endemic flowering  
families as Australia."

Please show your support for such endangered birds as the Regent
Honeyeater and Swift Parrot, and ensure no further species are added to
this list due to short term economic interests.

Two Entomologists involved in the studies are Andrew Hingston and  
Bell.  Graeme Smith is the president of the Australian Hydroponics and
Greenhouse Association who are behind the push for the introduction of  
Bumble Bee to the Australian mainland.

Please contact them to voice your concerns and ensure they take avian
wildlife concerns into consideration.


Andrew Hingston - Entomologist

Melissa Bell -  Entomologist

Graeme Smith - President of the AHGA

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