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A good year for budgerigars

October 29th, 2009 This year breeding conditions have been exceptionally good for budgerigars in Queensland, Australia.  Heavy rain and river flooding revived the land, providing plenty of grass seeds for the birds to feast on.  When all the available trees with the best nesting sites had been taken, budgerigars were laying their eggs on the ground.  And now local people are marvelling at the unprecedented size of the flocks, turning the sky green.

Koalas in trouble

September 30th, 2009
Koalas are dying of stress because their habitats are being destroyed as people move in. The stress is bringing out a latent disease called chlamydia that infects 50 to 90 per cent of the animals. The Australian Koala Foundation estimates there are fewer than 100,000 koalas left in Australia, down from the millions when European settlement began in the late 1700s. A 2008 survey of the Koala Coast by the Queensland government shows the population dropped 64 per cent, from more than 6,200 in 1999 to about 2,800. While car accidents and dog attacks killed many koalas, the report blamed about 60 per cent of the deaths on disease. The Daily Telegraph

Australia plans camel cull (updated)

August 9th, 2009 Australia is planning to cull 650,000 camels in a bid to reduce the environemanal impact of these animals introduced in the 1840s. Read the rest of this entry

Mass extinction forecast for Oceania

July 29th, 2009 A landmark study, published this week in Conservation Biology, warns of the threat of mass extinction looming in  across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands because of loss of habitats and invading species which are Read the rest of this entry

End of Great Barrier Reef?

July 20th, 2009 According to Charlie Veron, former chief scientist of the Australian Institute of Marine Science, the Great Barrier Reef will be so degraded by warming waters that it will be unrecognisable within 20 years, making it the first of the world’s ecosystems to disappear. The Times