Mallee Emuwren, US National Parks

To: "Ross Macfarlane (TPG)" <>
Subject: Mallee Emuwren, US National Parks
From: John Harris <>
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2020 08:26:40 +1100
Those fires are old news, back in 2016. Michael was referring to the 2019/2020 fires.

While I concur that any fires in SW WA in WGP habitat could mean extinction for them, it's not the topic of discussion.


On Mon, Feb 10, 2020, 08:21 Ross Macfarlane (TPG) < wrote:

Fires have been threatening some of the last areas where the WGP is found


There are so few left that even a small fire could have a massive impact


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Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Mallee Emuwren, US National Parks


Western Ground Parrot? Not sure there has been fires in their part of the world, although areas of the Stirling Ranges burnt. 








The bushfires haven't affected the Mallee emu-wrens' areas as they've mainly
been along the east coast and the Great Dividing Range.

A lot of other endangered flora and fauna badly affected though. Including
western ground-parrots, Kangaroo Island red-tailed black-cockatoos, eastern
bristlebirds, regent honeyeater habitat, ...

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Subject: [Birding-Aus] Mallee Emuwren, US National Parks

Does anyone know whether Mallee Emu-wrens have survived the fires ?

We toured California for a month just before their recent disastrous bush
fires, some involving State and National Parks. California has more of these
than any other State by far, and an extremely well developed Conservation

Trump has allowed commercialisation of National (not State) Parks, eg
logging.  This travesty is being challenged in the Courts and hopefully will
be reversed , or delayed until the advent of a more sympathetic
Administration, although that looks like being a long way off.

We didn't hear much about prophylactic burning, which would be patently
impossible in say the Redwood Forests, and unsafe in the areas of recent
conflagration, with loss of eight hundred houses in one report as proving
the point.
 Legal liability is a powerful deterrent. In Australia as well as in the

The Californian Maquis type scrub needs occasional burning, probably is
deliberately lit from time to time, I don't really know.

The US in practice does not have all the answers, and our Fire Services are
well up there with them.

To suggest that the whole of say East Gippsland or other usually high
rainfall areas of Eastern Australia should have been regularly back burned
is nonsensical, as is the concept of the Indigenous population having done
so in those areas, (as opposed to the monsoonal North of Oz).

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