FW: Orange-bellied Parrots

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Subject: FW: Orange-bellied Parrots
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2017 04:07:14 +0000

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Sent: Friday, 7 April 2017 11:56 AM
Subject: Orange-bellied Parrots


Captive-bred Orange-bellied Parrots (OBPs) will be released at the Western 
Treatment Plant (WTP) in the next few weeks as part of a longer term strategy 
aimed at having flocks of OBPs in our coastal habitats. This work will 
complement the existing captive breeding and Tasmanian release program for the 
species.  The project has been endorsed by the Orange-bellied Parrot Recovery 
Team and will be delivered by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and 
Planning (DELWP), Zoos Victoria, BirdLife Australia, Melbourne Water, Moonlit 
Sanctuary, Parks Victoria and the Tasmanian Government.
The birds will be released in an area that is off-limits to birders to minimise 
disturbance to the birds while they are in, or still dependent on, our 
temporary on-site release aviaries.  We are asking that you observe any 
additional restrictions to accessing areas of the WTP this autumn/winter (e.g. 
track closures). If you happen to spot our aviaries, we ask that you please 
stay well clear of them. There is a real risk that the birds will injure 
themselves if startled in the confines of the aviaries, preventing their 
release. We will have staff on site attending to the birds the entire time they 
are in the aviaries.
Once the birds are released, we are hoping they will join with the wild birds 
and learn how to live in winter habitats. We are all hoping this release will 
be a successful start to a series of mainland releases in coming years, and 
that we will all once again have the chance to see a flock of OBPs using the 
habitats on, and near, the Western Treatment Plant.
Further information and publicity will be provided after the birds are out - 
stay tuned for more information then.
How you can help:
Please stay well clear of the aviaries if you happen to spot them.
As always, please give all OBPs on the WTP ample space to behave naturally. 
Their time here is an important period of the year when they need to stay safe 
and eat well in preparation for another migration and breeding season. With so 
few birds remaining in the wild, every individual is important.
Report OBP sightings at the WTP or nearby areas to Steve Davidson 
<> and 
Kristy Penrose <>. Steve and 
Kristy will be our key people on the ground keeping track of the release group 
and any wild birds in the area.
Thank you,
Rachel Pritchard, Manager, OBP Mainland Release Trial Program
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