Re: birding-aus DESPAIR & ECSTACEY

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Subject: Re: birding-aus DESPAIR & ECSTACEY
From: "Peter Waanders" <>
Date: Mon, 8 Nov 1999 09:16:02 +1030
Finally some reaction on my message! I thought everyone got too excited
about the twitchathon and its related string of messages to worry about real
Let me comment on a few things that were mentioned.
First of all, Ngarkat CP is a large mallee area in SA that extends into Vic.
Last summer >150,000 ha got burnt. This seems to have happened regularly
over the past decade - perhaps it's in a high lightning risk zone. Anyway,
while I do realise that "ecological burning" - whatever the cause that
started it- has got its advantages in certain parts of Australia, I think
it's less desirable in the southern dry mallee zone. Apart from that, to
burn such a large area for many years given that there is hardly any
large-scale virgin mallee left, is not acceptable in my opinion.
Secondly, Kevin Roberts mentioned dying gum trees - I don't know where Sandy
Creek CP is in SA, but it could well be Mundulla Yellows. The disease is now
widespread in the Mt Gambier-Naracoorte-Mundulla area, and all the way along
the Sturt Highway from Adelaide - Elizabeth to the Barossa Valley & patchy
beyond, and no doubt in other areas.
It's scary. The government can spend millions of dollars on a referendum &
its related changes (or not) but does not see this disease as a high


Peter Waanders


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