Tasmanian Authorities have again been called out for failing to protect the endangered Swift Parrot, with three prominent environment groups yesterday slamming Forestry Tasmania for disregarding scientific warnings to make way for the logging of its last sanctuary.
Even as the government corporation seeks to be certified as a sustainable forester, it is reportedly fishing for a green group that will give wings to its plans to log in contravention of scientific evidence.
The outcry follows an earlier debacle, exposed by Environment Tasmania late last month, which revealed the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment ignored its own scientists’ expert advice and forged ahead with the logging of key breeding habitat.
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Three highly vulnerable birds species in Tasmania may find their numbers are given a reprieve from almost certain extinction after Australian National University researchers turned to crowdsourcing site Pozible to raise money for nesting boxes.
Dejan Stojanovic and Robert Heinsohn put their project to raise $40,000 to provide nesting boxes for the swift parrot, forty-spotted pardalote and orange-bellied parrot, all of which are being decimated by the sugar-glider possum which was introduced into Tasmania sometime over the past 50-100 years.
Forestry activity appears to have spurred possum numbers, which prey on adult nesting females and their eggs.