Re: Effect of extreme heat on birds

To: "Greg Hunt" <>, "'Karen'" <>, "'Stephen Ambrose'" <>
Subject: Re: Effect of extreme heat on birds
From: "storm" <>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2009 22:02:49 +1100
Over 1,000 Grey-headed flying-foxes died at Yarra Bend (from a camp of
approx 22,000).  Just over a third of them were this season's young.

This was despite the best efforts of rehabbers who were on the ground to
spray down the camp and provide fluids to animals who came to the ground.

At Geelong 100 bodies where collected, I don't know the camp size there but
I have usually heard it put at about a thousand.

Flying-foxes are very vulnerable to heat stress and subsequently heat
stroke, particularly in low humidity situations.

GHFF are listed as vulnerable to extinction and their numbers appear to be
continuing to drop.



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