Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Unsuccessful survey and funding knockback

In late 1982, the R.A.O.U.(WA) (Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union) was making some effort to remedy the situation of no knowledge about the ground parrot in Western Australia. Where could they be found? How big was the population? It was clear that both information, and funding for survey work would be hard won.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

A helpful advertisement

A few times in late 1982, World Wildlife Fund Australia ran a black and white advertisement in 'Newsweek' magazine. It was for that organisation's cause of protecting endangered species, and it featured three Eastern Ground Parrot nestlings. 

This was useful for those attempting to get more attention focussed on the ground parrot in Western Australia. It was not then recognised that the ground parrot in Western Australia was a separate species though it did have subspecies status. 

Also, it was very interesting for us to see what ground parrot nestlings looked like as there had been no nest found in Western Australia since 1913 and no publication with photos of ground parrots at that early stage of life. (The ad. mistakenly terms them fledglings.)