birding-aus RFI Black-eared Miner sightings

Subject: birding-aus RFI Black-eared Miner sightings
From: Rohan Clarke <>
Date: Wed, 31 Mar 1999 14:33:45 +1000
Hi all,
Just the other day we were excited to recieve information on the continued
existance of a fourth Black-eared Miner (Bem) colony in Victoria.
Suprisingly it was at a site known to previously support Bems. They were not
detected by field workers at this site in the late eighties and early
ninties and were consequently believed to have vanished. It now seems likely
individuals have persisted in this area thoughout this period.

Proposed actions from the recovery plan for this critically endangered
species include translocations of birds from either the larger population
centered around Gluepot and Calperum stations in SA or the captive
population to both supplement isolated colonies and establish new colonies
in large tracts of mallee were conditions are now believed to be suitable
(ie; where mallee is approaching a suitable post-fire age) such as the
Sunset country (NW vic)

In view of these recovery objectives the location of any other colonies in
Victoria, and for that matter NSW and SA is critical information to ensure
the most strategic areas be selected to recieve translocated Bems. Any
records of Black-eared Miners made in the last few years are thus very
important. An accurate location, date, number of birds involved, an
assessment of quality (hybrids, bems or Yellow-throated Miners present)
would be ideal but any information would be greatfully recieved.

Rohan Clarke
Field Officer 
Black-eared Miner Recovery Team
Department of Zoology
La Trobe University
Bundoora Vic. 3083
Tel 03 9479 1672
Fax 03 9479 1551

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