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> On 28 Nov 2015, at 10:23 pm, Steven Castan <> wrote:
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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 <>
>>> Subject: Fwd: MailChimp Template Test - "trial (copy 02)"
>>> 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
>>> 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 bushfires.
>>> 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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