Conservation scientists ‘shocked’ at logging of endangered swift parrot nesting site

By Harriet Aird
ABC News, Australia
November 12, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Scientists working to save a critically endangered species say they are shocked and frustrated about the logging of a known swift parrot nesting site in southern Tasmania. Dr Dejan Stojanovic, a conservation biologist at the Australian National University, said he and his research team had been monitoring the habitat at Tyler’s Hill for a decade. Last week he visited the site to plan for the installation of predator-proof nest boxes, used to protect the birds from sugar gliders. Upon arrival he found the area had been felled. “It was pretty shocking to be honest,” Dr Stojanovic said. “I went there with this really positive headspace of ‘we’re going to improve this habitat and make it a better place for swift parrots to breed’.” “On arrival this whole patch of bush where these birds had nested for over 10 years of our monitoring, just gone.

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