Bell Miners Displaced by the Fires and Injured Wildlife.

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Subject: Bell Miners Displaced by the Fires and Injured Wildlife.
From: Bob Dawson <>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2009 13:22:17 +1100
Hi all

I have been involved for many years with Healesville Sanctuary and up until 5 
years ago lived in Chum Creek at the other end of Healesville from Badger Creek 
where the sanctuary is situated.

At both locations Bell Miners were common, but about 6-8 years ago they 
disappeaerd from both areas, I always wondered why and nobody there really 
seemed to know for sure. The common thought was that the dwindling canopy from 
the loss of many Manna gums and candlebarks was the reason. However they have 
now come back in quite large numbers and I assume they are birds from nearby 
areas that have been displaced by the fires.

On another note, the Healesville Sanctuary has been inundated with injured 
wildlife including many birds and is also supporting "frontline" triage centres 
both with staff and phone advise. If anyone would like to help there effort 
they can make a donation to the Healesville Sanctuary Australian Wildlife 
Health Centre Bushfire Appeal via the Zoos Victoria Foundation.



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