As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Qld coal tests 'threaten rare birds'

5:47pm March 5, 2014

Greenpeace wants the federal government to stop a coal miner carrying out seismic surveys in Queensland's Galilee Basin until threats to a rare bird are assessed.
The group claims India's Adani Mining may have breached environmental laws by failing to seek testing approval in an area where an endangered black-throated finch lives.

Greenpeace spokeswoman Louise Matthiesson says seismic surveys at Adani's planned Carmichael mine will likely involve clearing 4000 hectares of habitat.

"Greenpeace has expert scientific advice that the exploration work has the potential to have a significant impact on the finch," she said.

Any activity that could adversely affect an endangered species must be referred to the federal environment department for assessment.

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