Clare Peddie, Science Reporter, The Advertiser
April 26, 2018 11:34am
WHEN bushfire swept through two conservation parks in the east of the state, a tiny bird with distinctive emu-like tail feathers was wiped out in South Australia.
But there is hope the mallee emu-wren will return, thanks to the national Threatened Mallee Bird Conservation Action Plan and team.
Birdlife Australia has rallied multiple organisations to the cause, working across mallee areas of eastern SA, north-western Victoria and Southwestern New South Wales to reintroduce birds to Ngarkat Conservation Park.
The mallee emu-wren is one of seven SA birds in the top 20 “red hot list” of Aussie birds most at risk of extinction, according to the Threatened Species Recovery Hub of the Federal Government’s National Environmental Science Program. Two of the 20 mammals deemed most at risk are also found here. Research co-ordinator Hayley Geyle from Charles Darwin University garnered, integrated and analysed the knowledge of Australian experts (including Peter Copley from the SA Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources) to derive a first-ever estimate of the likelihood of extinction over the next 20 years.