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> On 28 Nov 2015, at 6:19 PM, Kai Schraml <> wrote:
> Dear Friends,
> I hope you will all consider sending in a generous donation to the team
> trying to make sure we don’t lose the Western Ground Parrot. It really is now
> or never for this amazing bird. Please see the note below for some further
> details on recent events.
>> Begin forwarded message:
>> From: Friends of the Western Ground Parrot <>
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>> Date: 28 November 2015 3:11:15 pm AEDT
>> To: Friends of the Western Ground Parrot <>
>> Dear Friends and Supporters of the Western Ground Parrot,
>> You are no doubt aware of the recent bushfires that have swept through the
>> Esperance region. Sadly, Cape Arid National Park which is the home of the
>> last known population of wild Western Ground Parrots was also affected.
>> Cape Arid National Park
>> 90% of the known occupied habitat Western Ground Parrot was burned, dealing
>> the estimated 140 parrots surviving in the national park a devastating blow.
>> photo credit: Jennene Riggs / Riggs Australia
>> Staff from the Department of Parks and Wildlife and a group of volunteers
>> including myself were in Cape Arid National Park trying to assess what
>> impact the fires that were started by lightning in October have had on the
>> Western Ground Parrot population. The field team was pleased with the number
>> of calls heard during surveys and decided to go ahead with the proposed
>> capture of additional birds to bolster the number of parrots kept at Perth
>> Zoo for the captive breeding trial.
>> However, before our tasks were completed, lightning set the Esperance
>> region ablaze again. Our team was forced to abandon the capture work and had
>> to evacuate when fire broke out at the eastern end of the national park
>> heading our way. We had just succeeded in capturing a male and a female
>> Western Ground Parrot which have since safely arrived at Perth Zoo.
>> Juvenile Western Ground Parrot just after capture - photo credit Alan Danks
>> The fate of the remaining Western Ground Parrots is unknown. At this stage
>> it is impossible to determine how many birds have survived the fires. The
>> situation is grim to say the least.
>> However, given the fact that Western Ground Parrots succeeded in
>> re-establishing a population in Cape Arid National Park after severe
>> bushfires destroyed large areas of the park more than a decade earlier, we
>> remain hopeful.
>> Any parrots that have managed to get away from the fire need to be found, so
>> feral predator control can be undertaken to give them a better chance of
>> survival. We believe it is also essential to determine if any Western Ground
>> Parrots remain in Fitzgerald River National Park which has not been impacted
>> by recent fires. Even though surveys carried out during the past three years
>> failed to locate any birds, there are still large tracts of potential
>> suitable Western Ground Parrot habitat which due to the lack of manpower has
>> not been surveyed.
>> Without sounding alarmist, this is the worst situation the Western Ground
>> Parrot has ever found itself in. It is up to us now to make sure we don't
>> loose this species.
>> We have set up a campaign to raise funds for the Western Ground Parrot
>> recovery project in the aftermath of the devastating bushfires. Please don't
>> let the Western Ground Parrot be the forgotten victim of the Esperance
>> You can help by supporting our campaign either through a donation or by
>> sharing the news about the uphill battle the Western Ground Parrot now faces
>> to stay one step ahead of extinction.
>> If you want to make a donation, you can
>> send a cheque made out to the Western Ground Parrot Rescue Fund
>> make a direct deposit into the Western Ground Parrot Rescue Fund
>> Westpac, Albany branch
>> BSB: 036-168 A/C: 317989
>> or use your credit card by clicking on the donate button below. You will be
>> taken to the page we have set up for the fundraising campaign.
>> Please donate
>> I sincerely hope that you share my passion for this enigmatic parrot from
>> the heathlands of the South Coast of Western Australia and count on your
>> support to save it.
>> Kind regards,
>> Dave Taylor
>> Friends of the Western Ground Parrot
>> Our mailing address is:
>> PO Box 5613, Albany, WA 6332
>> e-mail: <>
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