Responsibility for Night Parrot conservation

To: "'Graeme Chapman'" <>, <>, "'Peter Shute'" <>
Subject: Responsibility for Night Parrot conservation
From: "Stephen Ambrose" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:48:27 +1100
I support Graeme's (Chapman) and Peter's (Shute) latest views on this
subject.  Night Parrot research and conservation should be a collaborative
effort involving John Young & Stephen Murphy, non-government organisations
such as AWC, Bush Heritage & Birdlife Australia, Commonwealth & State Govts
and industry groups (the latter assisting with funding). I don't think there
is any hope of adequate conservation of this species without this form of
collaboration, despite the dedication and expertise of individuals.

There is also a role for universities.  Wouldn't it be wonderful for
research students to learn about how to study and conserve a threatened and
highly cryptic species and its habitat by working with John Young & Steve
Murphy in the field and receiving academic support from their supervisors?
After all, the research students of today are the conservation managers of

I also agree with Peter's point that the recording of the Night Parrot call
should be made available to others so that they can search for Night Parrots
in other locations. Long-term protection of this species is dependent on the
protection of populations and their habitats elsewhere.  This can only be
done if people work collaboratively to locate these other populations.

Stephen Ambrose
Ryde NSW

-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of
Graeme Chapman
Sent: Wednesday, 25 February 2015 12:22 PM
Subject: Responsibility for Night Parrot conservation

Hello Shirley,

>From your comments it's clear where you stand on this issue.

I'd just like to comment on your last paragraph.

"The conservation of the Night Parrot is, in the present case, the
responsibility of the Queensland Wildlife authorities ...."     - agreed,
however it's your "for better or worse" that worries me, particularly the
"worse"'.  Just "allow them to get on with it" is not good enough. Would

First of all do Qld National Parks and Wildlife currently employ anyone who
knows anything about Night Parrots? I doubt it, but perhaps someone from
Moggil might care to comment, that is if there is actually anybody left

Would they actually employ people, not just a leader but a proper research
group? No! Because they haven't got the money. It would cost millions. Could
they even find anyone of the calibre, dedication and field expertise of
John? I doubt it.

In recent years governments of all persuasions ( except perhaps in W.A.) are
bashing the environment, because they can.

As far as the lawyers and accountants that run this world are concerned the
Night Parrot might just as well be another "jumped-up Corella"!

Maybe we should all put our money where our mouth is and support private
enterprise - like AWC and Bush Heritage - Governments are all too busy with
the increase in human population and funding the necessary infrastructure
such as boring tunnels under our major cities.

And you wonder where all the money goes these days.


A disillusioned senior citizen.
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