Last Chance to See OBPs in the wild

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Subject: Last Chance to See OBPs in the wild
From: Debbie Lustig <>
Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:18:50 +0000
To Laurie's post, I would add the following details for anyone interested in 
donating to help save the species in the wild.

Difficult Birds Research Group is a group of scientists and researchers from 
ANU. Their 'Operation OBP' project commenced last summer and continues summer 
2017/18. Specifics and a Donate Now link can be found 

You can help us to protect these 'difficult birds' by donating DONATE NOW

Another deserving group is Friends of the OBP, a Tasmania-based volunteer crew 
which provides crucial OBP monitoring work done at Melaleuca breeding grounds 
from September 2017 to April 2018. Pairs spend two weeks each in the remote 
outpost, observing birds, providing supplementary feed and promoting 
biosecurity: Note: at checkout, please write a 
note that you wish your donation to go to Friends of the OBP.


Wildcare | WILDCARE Save the Orange-bellied parrot 
The Orange-bellied parrot is a critically endangered bird species that migrates 
from mainland Australia to the wild and remote southwest Tasmania each summer.

Other worthy recipients of your money are Zoos 
Victoria<>, Adelaide 
Zoo<>, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife 
Conservation Park<> and Priam 
Australia<>. All breed OBPs for the insurance 

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Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2017 12:33:22 +1000
From: Laurie Knight <>
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Subject: Last Chance to See <OBPs in the wild>?
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If you haven?t already seen it, there is a write-up in the Fairfax media of the 
rear guard campaign to keep the OBPs going in the wild.  see
  ? "Can a last-ditch intervention save the orange-bellied parrot"?

Will a last-ditch intervention save Australia's most endangered 
Despite decades of conservation, Australia’s most endangered bird is edging 
closer to extinction in the wild. But conservationists are not giving up.

Part of the problem is caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa a bacterium infecting 
the seed  prepared at the Hobart Breeding Facility that is resistant to the 
disinfectant used to sterilise the seed.

If you haven?t already seen OPB?s in the wild, you should seriously consider 
popping down to Melaleuca this summer.  I combined OBP time with a bushwalk to 
SW Cape [which involved Hooded Plovers and Ground Parrots and nice beach 
walking and camping].  I enjoyed watching the OBPs coming in to the feeder at 
the Deny King Museum [and logging their arrivals in the daily obs sheet].  Even 
better, I got to photograph an unbanded adult [which keeps the twitching 
purists happy].

There may be a time when OBPs only survive as aviary birds [a fate preferable 
to extinction], but if you want to see them in the Wild, the best option is to 
fly to Melaleuca. Par Avion has daily flights from Hobart [Cambridge airport] 
in summer.  You can either do a day trip [take warm clothing and extra food as 
weather may delay the flights] or spend a couple of days in the SW - there are 
two bushwalkers huts at Melaleuca ?

If you haven?t already seen OBPs, it may be your last chance to see them ...

Regards, Laurie.
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