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Glossy Black-Cockatoos and friends getting help

By Barcham - 18 November 2013 0

Birdy!

Alan Traves announced today that four threatened special will be receiving some much needed help due to the finalisation of the Government’s action plans.

Four threatened species will get extra protection from today with the finalisation of action plans for their continued conservation, Conservator of Flora and Fauna, Alan Traves, announced today.

“Action plans for the Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Little Eagle, Smoky Mouse and Murrumbidgee Bossiaea have been made legislative instruments, providing another way for the Government to protect native flora and fauna,” Mr Traves said.

Action plans outline strategies to ensure the appropriate identification, protection and survival of protected species to give them the best chance of surviving in the region.

“Glossy Black-Cockatoos have suffered a national decline with the population having as few as 10,000 adults left.

“The action plan outlines specific actions to protect the bird and conserve its habitat.

“The ACT Government is already providing new habitats by planting their favourite food source, Drooping She-Oaks, at the National Arboretum and the community has taken their survival to heart and helped plant she-oaks at Isaacs Ridge and Tuggeranong Hill.

“In south-eastern Australia numbers of the Little Eagle have been declining over 30 years. Little Eagles nest in open woodland and along tree lined watercourses including lower elevation areas east of the Murrumbidgee, where Canberra is positioned.

“The endangered Murrumbidgee Bossiaea shrub has been found only in the ACT – and only in six known sites along the Murrumbidgee River corridor – so we must protect these sites, particularly from weeds.

“There have only been two sightings of the elusive, shy Smoky Mouse since the 1980s, but scientists assume it may still be found in Namadgi National Park, so the action plan sets out how its habitats can be conserved,” Mr Traves said.

The Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Little Eagle and Murrumbidgee Bossiaea action plans are new plans while the Smoky Mouse Action Plan is a revised and updated version of the original 1999 action plan. The action plans were prepared by the Conservator of Flora and Fauna under the Nature Conservation Act 1980 and have been endorsed by the ACT Flora and Fauna Committee.

[Image by Richard.Fisher (CC BY 2.0)]

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