Into Oblivion

To: tim morris <>,
Subject: Into Oblivion
From: Helen Larson <>
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2010 06:09:14 +0000 (GMT)
and see "Lost from Our Landscape: threatened species of the Northern Territory" 
a 2007 book by John Woinarski et al, published by the NT government. It 
all threatened species, from land snails to sawfish. And birds.
There is so little known about the fauna of the NT. 


From: tim morris <>
Sent: Thu, 18 November, 2010 9:33:39
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Into Oblivion

Hi all,

I've had a couple spare moments and have been catching up a bit on some reading 
which included the "Into Oblivion - Northern Australian Mammal Decline" 
which came out with Wingspan some time back. Not sure who had the idea to send 
it out, but I think it great to raise awareness of the problems the mammals are 
facing in northern Australia. If anyone hasn't seen it they should really have 
look, see link below.

I was really shocked to see that that they are discussing extinction of many 
northern mammals in the next 10 to 20 years. I had sort of presumed that the 
national parks and relativley undeveloped areas of the Territory, Cape York and 
the Kimberly would mean that the populations were relatively stable but it is 
sadly wrong and the somewhat scary thing about the changes is how fast they are 
occuring and that there is no obvious single reason that could be managed, 
rather it is probably a wide range of factors in combination.

However to get back to a birding connection, there are several savannah species 
such as Gouldian Finch and Hooded and Goulden Shouldered Parrots that have 
suffered major population declines but they appear to have occurred longer ago 
than the recent (10-20 years) population crashes being seen in the mammals(?.) 
was wondering if the birds might have been an indicator that the mammals were 
also going to be in trouble, or could it be the other way round and the birds 
may be about to suffer another population crash and it is only their mobility 
that has prevented this being observed? 

Whatever the reasons, certianly a potential tragedy and can only hope that 
ongoing research  can help the mammals and their aassociated ecosytems, 
including the birds.



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