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Newsupdate no. 48 – May 2011 Friends of the Western Ground Parrot Inc. news ( Sales Edition )

Fund Raising for the Western Ground Parrot Dear readers, I would like to draw your attention to the range of merchandise available to help support the Western Ground Parrot Recovery Project. I do not need to remind you how critical the situation is. It is unlikely that the Western Ground Parrot will be able to survive without our help, so this merchandise is a great way to show support. Funds raised through the sale of Western Ground Parrot merchandise will go to help save this bird. For example, survey equipment has been purchased including head torches, compasses and GPS's from funds raised. We have also been able to assist with equipment for the captive management program. All saleable items have a Western Ground Parrot image and help to promote awareness of the plight of this rare parrot. Heightened awareness of the problem will make it more likely that more adequate government and private funding will be forthcoming over the next few "make or break' years. Currently, there is a wide of merchandise available, which is mentioned in detail below;

Cafe Press  10 % from items purchased at a WGP Café Press shop goes towards the recovery of the Western Ground Parrot. 

These website shops are easy to browse, and you will be surprised at the low prices. The designs were created by a Western Ground Parrot Friends committee member Craig Johnston. There are many items and different sizes. Having ordered a shirt and mug, I found the service to be reliable and the products of good quality. There are now five WGP Café Press Shops, each with a varied design. The WGP shops are found online at; My Western Ground Parrot mug shot: Photo by Craig Johnston


Wine 

Over 30% of the price you pay goes towards the recovery of the Western Ground Parrot. 

The wine comes as a well aged 2005 shiraz and 2004 touriga nationale. Though not a wine drinker, I have heard only favourable comments about this wine. These bottles make great gifts too. 2005 Shiraz – has a sophisticated, earthy and ripe, fresh strawberry bouquet reminiscent of a great pinot noir.

Due to strict use of the European method of extended 2 week contact of the juice with the seeds, skins and stalks, rich fruit rather than pepper flavour is evident, which has perfectly integrated with oak following 60 months in rare Hungarian oak barrels. 2004 Touriga Nationale - this unique red wine made from the Portuguese grape, has matured for 6 years in

French oak barrels. Extended contact of the juice with the skins and seed was allowed, according to the European method produce wine with a richer, more complex fruit flavour. This wine has a bouquet of dark plum and honey. Flavours of ripe, sweet cherry and chocolate persist on the palate. The wine order form is on our website (at very end of newsletter). If you are in Albany, wine can be purchased without paying the postage and also in smaller amounts than by the dozen. Contact Deon Utber by email at If you do not have the internet – contact Deon Utber (or Sarah Comer) at DEC Albany office; (08) 9842 4500.

Stickers  About 40% of the sticker price goes towards the recovery of the Western Ground Parrot. 

The car stickers, also designed by Craig Johnston, are very hard wearing and are eye catching, “photo on left.” Mine was stuck on to the car about two months ago, and is still in excellent shape, “photo on right”. To buy one to 12 stickers, send a Stamped Addressed envelope with payment to committee member Val Hack, PO Box 654 Albany WA 6331. The stickers are 10 cm x 10 cm in size. Any cheque should be made out to Friends of the Western Ground Parrot. Val’s phone contact is 0409443331. They cost a dollar each.


Monitoring the impact of the January bushfire on the Western Ground Parrot in Cape Arid by Sarah Comer, DEC

Many Friends members will be aware that a bush fire impacted on the habitat of the critically endangered western ground parrot late in January. This bushfire started from a lightning strike sometime in the evening on Friday the 28th of January, and despite the best efforts of fire crews, ended up burning approximately 6650 ha including approximately 1000 ha of ground parrot habitat in the Poison Creek Rd area. Following an intense run of fire on the Saturday it was fortunate that the northern boundary was held to the old Poison Creek Track alignment, otherwise several other key ground parrot habitat areas along the Telegraph Track would have been threatened. Conditions were extreme, with wind direction and speeds extremely erratic and difficult to predict, and it is worth noting that keeping the total fire to such a relatively small size (Cape Arid sometime experiences wildfires of over 100 000 ha) was only due to the diligent efforts of the fire crews. The habitat that was burnt, was known to have contained around 20 known western ground parrots and believed to have been an important area for breeding (this is where young birds were captured in 2009). A recent monitoring trip, led by DEC staff and supported by the Friends of the Western Ground Parrot, surveyed potential and previously occupied ground parrot habitat surrounding the burnt area. Volunteers came from as far away as the United Kingdom to help with the survey, and some were lucky enough to hear birds. The group also helped with monitoring native fauna populations, and tracking the feral cats that had been fitted with radio collars to determine the effectiveness of cat baiting efforts. Unfortunately only a few birds were heard during this survey trip, but there are significant areas of potential habitat to the north of the burnt area that could potentially provide refugia for birds that escaped the fire. As ground parrots are highly mobile, it is suspected that at least some have moved to unburnt patches to the north of the fire, as happened after the extensive fires in Cape Arid in 2002. However, because of the large areas involved, this will take a significant survey effort to detect. Plans are being discussed to use automated recording units to help cover some of the unsurveyed area, but future monitoring trips will also need to focus on areas to the north of the fire. Cat baiting of the area was conducted in March of this year as part of the integrated fauna recovery project, and a second ground baiting of tracks is currently being completed. It is hoped that this important predator control will provide extra protection to birds that may have been displaced by the bushfire.


Photo on left, shows a recent fire-front at Cape Arid. Photo taken from helicopter by Kimiora McCarthy, on 29/01/2011.

This other photo shows a DEC fire monitoring team at Poison Creek Rd, Cape Arid. Team was supported by Friends of the Western Ground Parrot. Both pictures accompany the article on previous page. This photo taken by Sarah Comer.

Contacts: Brenda Newbey (Chair). Phone (08) 9337 5673

Anne Bondin (Secretary/Treasurer). Phone (08) 9844 1793

Address: PO Box 5613, Albany, WA 6332


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