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.

Friday 29 January 2016

Swift parrot: Strategic plan for endangered bird two years overdue

Updated 19 Jan 2016, 8:46am

A strategic plan for the endangered swift parrot has not been finalised, more than two years after it was due for completion.

The Federal Government allocated $300,000 for the Tasmanian Government to develop a strategic plan for the conservation of the swift parrot and its habitat in 2010.

The project was due to be completed in 2013 but there is still no final plan.

In a statement, Tasmania's Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment said Tasmania was operating within the draft plan.

"It is recognized that the draft requires updating to include latest information including on the threat posed to the species by the sugar glider," the statement said.

"The Tasmanian and Commonwealth governments are updating the plan."

The information that sugar gliders are a threat to the swift parrot has been public since 2012.

Greens senator Nick McKim accused the State Government of sitting on its hands.

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