"There is also the potential benefit of releasing the call to consultants
employed to survey these areas prior to development in that they should in
theory have much more success at finding Night Parrots if they are there.
Lack of ability to find the species is probably one of the greatest
threatening processes for them at this stage given resource development
continues in potential habitat at a rapid rate."
Chris, that's an excellent point, provided that consultants put in adequate
survey effort, search the right microhabitats, and conduct the surveys at
the right times of the year and under the right environmental conditions.
>From memory, I think it was Lloyd (happy to stand corrected if it was
someone else) who said that John Young had spent a commendable 17,000 hrs of
his time before he sighted, photographed and videoed the Night Parrot. John
is one of only a few people, if not the only one, who has knowledge of where
and how to locate Night Parrots successfully. This is why I believe the
results of his discovery should be published in a peer-reviewed scientific
journal, as well as making voice recordings available, so that consultants,
scientists, land managers etc are better informed and equipped to search for
Night Parrots and learn how to avoid destruction or degradation of important
habitats or microhabitats. The rate at which inland areas of Australia are
being modified by mining, livestock grazing, feral animal grazing etc means
that this information should, in my opinion, be made available sooner rather
than later. Therefore, it is out of a sense of urgency, not impatience, that
I make this point.
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