OBPs Migrating in Style

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Subject: OBPs Migrating in Style
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Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2003 16:57:48 +1000

Endangered parrots board flight to freedom
Date: October 16 2003

Accustomed to flying on their own head of steam, 20 orange-bellied parrots yesterday had the assistance of a twin-engine Cessna as they flew across Bass Strait. After a last-minute medical examination at Healesville Sanctuary, the captive-bred birds, right, among Australia's most endangered species, travelled from Coldstream Airport to Birchs Inlet, Tasmania, where they will be released into the wild as part of a breeding and release program undertaken in conjunction with the Tasmanian Government, Adelaide Zoo and a private aviculturalist. It is hoped that the program, which began in 1999, will boost numbers of the species, which have fallen to 200 because of land development in the birds' winter habitat on the western coast of Port Phillip Bay. The birds' spring breeding ground on Tasmania's west coast is protected as a Wilderness World Heritage Area.
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