I have an interest in the survival of the Gouldian Finch. Reg and I have often bush camped int he area in the endangered bird inherits. Pleased to hear their numbers are holding.
Rangers and ecologists have just finished surveying one of the most important Gouldian Finch populations in the Top End. They are picky about territory and thus are rare. However, if you are patient you will catch glimpses of them in the Yinberrie Hills, about 50 kilometres north of Katherine.
Jawoyn ranger coordinator, Benjamin Ulimari, has been involved in the late dry season survey work of monitoring their numbers. It is easier to count them when there are fewer waterholes. The survey camps are set up where birds and animals go to drink.
The Yinberrie Hills surveys began in 1996, with 235 finches recorded during the latest count. The surveys are usually concluded by September or as soon as the wet season arrives, should it rain earlier and the birds disperse. The could has remained reasonably steady in recent years.
As the birds are so particular in their habitat, the rangers have been using fire management techniques to protect the finch's preferred area, burning small areas at a time so the ideal environment is always there.
The Northern Territory Environment Centre has previously raised concerns about the potential impact of the nearby Mount Todd gold mine on the finch population. It has been said, that no negative impact has been notices on the finches as yet.
A Department of Land Resource Management spokesman says while the number of Gouldian Finches recorded was lower than previous years, the population still appears to be stable. I do not understand that later statement, do you?
I am relieved to hear that the finches are still surviving. I'm assuming colonies are being bred with a view to repopulating the bush and ensuring their survival, they are too beautiful to lose from the wild. I personally don't like seeing caged birds but it is essential to ensure we never lose them and and captive breading, to back up ranger supervised land management and supervision that mining operations don't pollute or destroy environment, might be the only way to ensure survival.
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