How has the Night Parrot survived in south-west Queensland?

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Subject: How has the Night Parrot survived in south-west Queensland?
From: Penny Brockman <>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:18:12 +0000
I was on a tour led by John Young in 2007, and he then told us about his
plans to concentrate on a particular area in Queensland where he had
heard of Night Parrots being present in the past, and where he felt he
was most likely to find them. He intended to spend as much time as
possible over at least 5 years out there, sitting on "jump ups" in the
chilly dark (frosty out there mid year) and just listening.

So I was not surprised when I read that he had succeeded.  Very few
people would have the dedication, knowledge, understanding of the bush
and freedom to spend that much time sitting out there in the dark in the
hope of hearing a Night Parrot. He is an amazing person and should get
every recognition for his achievement. The fact that others are now
undertaking the scientific studies is irrelevant. In my opinion he is
not the person for that work, he has other things that he is more
qualified to do, like find rare birds in the first place!

It was the Australian avian achievement of 2014.

Penny Drake-Brockman
Gloucester NSW

> You might want to change the length of John Young’s Night Parrot search from 
> 6 years as you wrote in your blog, to 15 years. I was fortunate enough to 
> hear Mr. Young talk about the Night Parrot in Melbourne this past March and 
> he stated that he had searched for 15 years.
> I actively use social media and can assure you that John is very rarely on 
> Facebook at all. What comments he may have made on other’s posts in which he 
> was tagged, certainly should not be called... “taking to social media to 
> distance himself from the project.” John has not “taken” to anything. You 
> presented several quotes from John which are taken out of context and used in 
> your blog. I am a Facebook friend of John’s and have just searched up and 
> down his timeline and cannot find those quotes.
> In my opinion, it seems that your blog is trying to distance the project from 
> John Young, rather than visa versa. These are just my opinions.
> R. Bruce Richardson
> Torquay, VIC
> On Aug 29, 2015, at 9:01 AM, Greg Roberts <> wrote:
>> I have a news story and feature published in today's edition of The Weekend
>> Australian which explores why the parrot has managed to hang on at the site
>> in south-west Queensland where it is presently being studied, and looks at
>> measures to control feral cats. Most of this material is behind the paper's
>> paywall; the transcript can be read in the following blog post:
>> If that link doesn't work, try this:
>> * <>*
>> Greg Roberts
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