Using a people??? for Night Parrots

To: dion hobcroft <>, birding aus <>
Subject: Using a people??? for Night Parrots
From: robert morris <>
Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2012 06:53:13 +0000

Hi Dion
An interesting idea! But I don't rate your chances getting that one up and 
But before we go down that route (even hypothetically) - has anyone (e.g. the 
National Nigh Parrot Network) actually really tried to coordinate a large 
number of birders on a roster to systematically survey likely areas?
For the last 3 years for example - Western Qld has had a lot of rain. 
Conditions must be as good now as they ever have been (ignoring the pest 
issues). But is anyone actually looking? A few minutes of research on habitats, 
rainfall and historic records and likely areas could be identified. I think a 
lot of people would respond and assist.
I genuinely believe that areas will currently exist under the recent wet 
conditions (and I mean the last 3-4 years of above average rainfalls) where 
there are night parrots breeding. We just do not interact with them 
geographically and temporally. 
It would be good if someone would respond and let us know about the National 
Night Parrot Network, their remit, plans etc. Could birdwatcher power be 
captured to actually help rediscovered Night Parrots at a time they may be on 
the up? Are we about to miss this opportunity?
All I hear is silence - perhaps birders have to organise this themselves?
Rob Morris 


Brisbane, Australia 

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> Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2012 15:59:18 +1000
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Using a dog for Night Parrots
> I have often wondered why no-one has trained a dog to search for Night
> Parrot. Get them tracking Ground Parrots and then move to the desert with a
> muzzle (to avoid eating 1080 baits and Night Parrots). Our Kiwi friends use
> this strategy successfully for finding Kakapo.  
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