Alma from Eyre Bird Observatory thanks the Friends

Hello Friends of Eyre,

I have recently attended the Birdlife networking forum in Melbourne at BirdLife's head office.

This was the 7th forum I have been to and it was by far the best one. The positive vibes in the room were electric as delegates from all the branches, reserves, observatories and special interest groups came together to discuss the state of Australia's birds and the role we all play in conserving them and their habitat.

We need to campaign for stronger conservation laws to ensure that future generations will have the opportunity to connect with our unique Australian birds as you have done by supporting the work of the observatory. My hope is that we can force all politicians to act; currently they are not doing enough to protect our birds and to implement recovery plans for those facing extinction

We cannot have developers building apartments and marinas in Queensland's Morton Bay RAMSAR site, recognised as one of the world's most important sites for the Eastern Curlew which is currently listed as Critically Endangered.

Similarly, Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo is Federally listed as Endangered. The Perth-Peel population of these cockatoos has declined 5-11 per cent per annum since 2010, due to the ongoing clearing of foraging and roosting habitat on the Swan Coastal Plain. With more than 70 per cent of banksia woodland now cleared, the species has become increasingly reliant upon pine plantations. Despite the known importance of this habitat, these plantations have been harvested - without replacement - at a rate of 1,000 hectares each year since 2004.

Southern Black-throated Finch is listed as Extinct in NSW.

The Critically Endangered King Island Scrubtit and Endangered King Island Brown Thornbill need Biodiversity Management plans.

And so the list goes on: with the Regent Honeyeater, Mallee Emu-wren, Swift Parrot, Hooded Plover, Australasian Bittern, Christmas Island endemics and so many more all needing our support.

As a "Friend of Eyre" you are supporting the work we do at the observatory. Our Dune revegetation programme has now been operating since 1976 and has ensured no further decline in habitat for the birds as well as stopping the observatory being covered with sand.

Nine survey areas within the Nuytsland Nature Reserve are monitored weekly by the Eyre Caretakers. Eyre also contributes to the Shorebirds 2020 programme and collects and records the amount of rubbish being washed up along the Kanidal beach for the Tangaroa Blue Foundation.

Eyre's most important role is Education. Educating the public about the need to conserve what we have for future generations. Encouraging travellers, roaring along the Nullarbor, to come and stay for a few days to appreciate what we do and why.

As a supporter you are the heart of everything we do. By standing together we can respond to the threats to our native birds. We thank you for that and hope that you will continue to support the work we do at the Eyre Bird Observatory.

Alma de Rebeira

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