National recovery plan for the Golden-shouldered Parrot (Psephotus chrysopterygius) 2003-2007

Recovery Plan
Dr Stephen Garnett and Dr Gabriel Crowley
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Brisbane

8. Appendix 2

Recovery Plan Project Design 2003-2007
Overall objectives Specific objectives Performance criteria Actions
A. Improve the conservation status of the golden-shouldered parrot from endangered to vulnerable S.O.2: Maintain parrot population at receding edge of distribution C.2.1: Parrots attending at least one wet season feeding station on eastern edge of distribution A.2.1.1 Provide seed for parrots during wet season at one or more feeding stations on north-eastern edge of distribution
S.O.3: Determine population trends C.3.1: Population trends are quantified A.3.1.1: Sequentially monitor populations at selected sites once every five years
S.O.8: Downlist species from endangered to vulnerable C.8.1: Submission made to Threatened Species Scientific Committee to reclassify golden-shouldered parrot as vulnerable under Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cwlth) A.8.1.1: If appropriate on basis of A.3.1.1 write submission to Threatened Species Scientific Committee to reclassify golden-shouldered parrot as vulnerable under Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cwlth)
C.8.2: Submission made to reclassify golden-shouldered parrot as vulnerable under Schedule 3 of the Nature Conservation (Wildlife) Regulation 1994 A.8.2.1: If appropriate on basis of A.3.1.1 write submission to reclassify golden-shouldered parrot as vulnerable under Schedule 3 of the Nature Conservation (Wildlife) Regulation 1994
B. Develop and implement land management strategies that restore grassland and grassy woodlands to the benefit of dependent fauna and in sympathy with co-existing land values S.O.1: Manage habitat for golden-shouldered parrots at a landscape scale C.1.1: Management plans on relevant National Parks on Cape York Peninsula include specific actions for maintaining structure of grasslands and grassy woodlands A.1.1.1: Advise National Park management regarding fire management of grasslands and grassy woodlands
C.1.2: Management of grasslands and grassy woodlands on designated National Parks is consistent with guidelines A.1.2.1: Implement and assess adherence to grassland and grassy woodland management guidelines on designated National Parks
C.1.3: Property plans on at least two pastoral properties include specific actions for conservation of golden-shouldered parrots A.1.3.1: Participate in property planning on Cape York Peninsula
C.1.4: Management on designated pastoral properties for golden-shouldered parrots compliant with property plans A.1.4.1 Implement and assess adherence to golden-shouldered parrot habitat management guidelines on designated pastoral properties
S.O.4: Determine and manage impacts of pied butcherbirds on nest success C.4.1: Pied butcherbird project plan approved A.4.1.1: Develop research plan to determine effects of pied butcherbird predation
A.4.1.2: Obtain ethics approval for pied butcherbird research plan
C.4.2: Influence of pied butcherbird predation on nest productivity quantified and recommendations incorporated into parrot management A.4.2.1: Undertake quantitative study of pied butcherbird predation on golden-shouldered parrot nests
A.4.2.2: Determine management implications of pied butcherbird research for golden-shouldered parrots
A.4.2.3: Incorporate pied butcherbird recommendations into parrot management guidelines
S.O.5: Determine and manage impacts of change in vegetation structure on black-faced woodswallows C.5.1: Relationship between nesting success of black-faced woodswallows and vegetation structure quantified, management implications determined and recommendations incorporated into parrot management A.5.1.1: Complete research into the relationship between vegetation structure and fecundity of black-faced woodswallows
A.5.1.2: Determine management implications of black-faced woodswallow research for golden-shouldered parrots
A.5.1.3: Incorporate black-faced woodswallow recommendations into parrot management guidelines
S.O.6: Assess and minimize adverse impacts of cattle and pigs on food plants and termite mounds C.6.1: Levels of cattle and pig damage on cockatoo grass and termite mounds are quantified A.6.1.1: Monitor and assess cattle and pig impacts on cockatoo grass and termite mounds
C.6.2: Interim guidelines for cattle stocking rates and pig control measures are provided A.6.2.1: Develop and implement management strategies to minimize cattle impacts on cockatoo grass and termite mounds in golden-shouldered parrot habitat if this is determined necessary in A.6.1.1
A.6.2.2: Develop and implement management strategies for the control of pigs in golden-shouldered parrot habitat if this is determined necessary in A.6.1.1
C.6.3: Recommended guidelines for cattle stocking rates and pig control measures are incorporated into management plans A.6.3.1: Advise National Park managers regarding appropriate levels of pig control
C. Assist recolonization of known former golden-shouldered parrot habitat S.O.7: Increase the number of wild populations of golden-shouldered parrots C.7.1: Management of reintroduction trial area complies with strategy for management of golden-shouldered parrot habitat on National Parks A.7.1.1: Restore and maintain grassland structure of reintroduction trial area using appropriate fire regime, in co-operation with leaseholders and traditional owners
C.7.2: Nursery stocks of cockatoo grass are adequate to supply re-vegetation requirements A.7.2.1: Establish and maintain nursery stocks of cockatoo grass for re-establishing in reintroduction trial area
C.7.3: Reintroduction trial area contains healthy population of seeding cockatoo grass A.7.3.1: Establish and maintain cockatoo grass in reintroduction trial area
C.7.4: A captive breeding program to provide golden-shouldered parrots for reintroduction is operating within IUCN guidelines A.7.4.1: Prepare a full justification for reintroduction against appropriate IUCN guidelines
A 7.4.2: Consult with aviculturists about aviary design and the best means of building up stock for release
A.7.4.3: Negotiate with private interests to construct aviaries, and construct aviaries at appropriate sites
A.7.4.4: Capture an appropriate number of wild parrots of an appropriate age class for captive breeding
A.7.4.5: Initiate captive breeding program
D. Operate the recovery program efficiently, cost-effectively, and with high levels of community participation. S.O.9: Support recovery process C.9.1 Continued functioning of a recovery team to direct the recovery process, a major review and a new recovery plan A.9.1.1: Manage the recovery process through a recovery team
A.9.1.2: Consult with interested parties and keep them informed of progress
A.9.1.3: Support non-government stakeholder attendance at meetings
A.9.1.4: Conduct a major review of the recovery process
A.9.1.5: Rewrite the recovery plan at the end of five years.