Post Eden Valley/Rockleigh fires request for updates on bird sightings

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Subject: Post Eden Valley/Rockleigh fires request for updates on bird sightings
From: Alex Randell <>
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2014 03:31:13 +0000
Dear birding-aus community

I am hoping that anyone with reports of unusual sightings of birds likely to 
have fled the bushfire areas in the area of the "Eden Valley" or Rockleigh 
fires in South Aust would contact me. The Eden Valley fire covered an enormous 
area of unfragmented grazing properties which connect a suite of remnant grassy 
woodlands (including the best hollow rich, critically endangered Peppermint box 
overstory in the Eastern Hills) and natural temperate grassland habitats 
(including Class A & B patches of lomandra effusa nt grasslands) left in the 
Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges. The fire burnt through areas such as the gorges of 
the Marne River and Saunders Creeks and the redgum lined main ephemeral creek 
systems which are lifelines through grazing lands and remnant ecotones between 
the dry Murray Plains including Sedan wetlands and the higher rainfall areas 
(including important reserves and reservoirs) in the MLR. The Marne River is a 
vital lifeline which traverses the area from these higher rainfall areas to the 
Murray River. Bird survey efforts in the Eden Valley Fire area on the Barossa 
side of the Range have been lacking but, as a property owner in the hard hit 
Jutland Valley for the past 20 years I have seen around half the threatened 
woodland birds of Adelaide and the MLR here and a crossover of wetland species. 
The width of Jutland Road, the very wide dirt road running through the middle 
of the "Eden Valley fire" between Keyneton and east of Eden Valley and 
Springton was no barrier to the fire. In my area friends and neighbours have 
lost their homes and my property too has been devastated.

I would love to hear from Barbara & Peter Bransemer at Rockleigh whose post 
fire reports since the fires are most valuable to the research I am currently 
involved in.

Many thanks,
Alexandra Randell
(Flinders University Biodiversity Conservation & Animal Behaviour student)
0458 741 358

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