The Western Ground Parrot and me: A story about Brenda Newbey and Western Australia’s rarest bird
by Anne Bondin and Brenda Newbey
Brenda Newbey has very kindly provided a link to a Western Ground Parrot history blog that focuses on European knowledge and activities regarding the ground parrot prior to 2009. The content of the postings is random, not sequential. There is a search function (top LHS). For example, if the name John Gould is entered for a search, ten postings come up.
The postings are listed in five main categories which may help with a less specific search.
The Friends and Riggs Australia have produced a few short videos, as Chapters, telling the story about the 2021 first wild to wild translocation of Kyloring and the people involved. All Chapters are available at: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVMYtp6TbFfSF24urQmZLqKn_Lb8dZ6cx
In April 2021 the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attraction undertook a world first translocation of the Critically Endangered western ground parrot in the attempt to re-establish another mainland population. Mark Bennett from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation joined them to document this effort. Our thanks go to the ABC for providing the Friends of the Western Ground Parrot with this video extract to share with our supporters.
Happy Spring to everyone, I hope that you are enjoying some warmer weather. We are certainly seeing a change down here on the south coast with intermittent sunshine in amongst spring rains. In terms of Ngoongar/Nyungar seasons we are nearing the end of Djilba (the season of conception) and entering Kambarang (the season of birth). For more information on Ngoongar/Nyungar season check out the Bureau of Meteorology site.
So with Djilba / Kambarang comes the FWGP Spring Newsletter. Read about conception activity and hopefully birth with the captive ground parrots in Perth Zoo and further information about the recent translocation undertaken by DBCA and partners. Below is a link for the PDF version.
Recently BirdLife Western Australia featured the western ground parrot in an article written by project officer Helena Stokes. Helena is hosted by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Parks and Wildlife Service, South Coast Region and works closely with DBCA staff in implement recovery actions for the ground parrot.
Helena’s position has been funded through the Australian Government’s Bushfire and Wildlife Recovery Fund and has been assisting to implement recovery actions such as post fire survey and monitoring using Autonomous Recording Units and the recent (and first ever) translocation of the western ground parrot.
As BirdLife Western Australia doesn’t have a website currently, they have provided permission to place a copy of the article here for members and supporters to access. Click the link to the article below to read about the great collaboration between DBCA and BirdLife WA.
Winter is well and truly here with a wet start to the season that we haven’t seen for quite sometime. But it is a good excuse to snuggle up in front of the fire and read the Saving Kyloring Winter 2021 Newsletter that contains some pretty exciting news and developments in the recovery of the western ground parrot. You can either read it online here or download the PDF below.