Swift Parrot (Lathamus discolor) Recovery Plan 2001-2005

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Swift Parrot Recovery Team (2001)
Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment
ISBN 0 7246 6283 9

Recovery Actions (continued)

Action 5. Community Education and Information

Action 5a. Community and volunteer networks

Aims

To provide advice and support to the networks of volunteers, extension officers and field staff who carry out surveys to identify foraging and breeding sites and are involved in habitat rehabilitation and revegetation programs.

Justification

Networks of volunteers and groups will be necessary to assist with identification of foraging and breeding sites, collection of information about food sources, population and habitat monitoring and habitat rehabilitation projects. Volunteers will play an important role in the implementation of actions 1a, 1b, 2b, 3 and 4a.

Methods

The recovery program will provide technical advice and support to the volunteers which assist with the identification of habitat, collect blue gum flowering data, monitor collision hotspots and undertake the winter surveys, For example, the program will identify sites which can be rehabilitated and revegetated by the schools based Swift Parrot Habitat Rehabilitation Network. Birds Australia and the Threatened Species Network provide assistance with recruiting and co-ordinating volunteers. Funds are required to support the community based networks in the three states covering the range of the swift parrot. This action will also carry the training and education of field and extension staff about the requirements and habitats of the swift parrots, including Land for Wildlife officers and Bushcare facilitators. The program, which already has links with the Regent Honeyeater Recovery Team, will also seek links with other relevant programs such as Woodland birds program and the Box-ironbark program. Some examples of the outputs to assist networks and other community members to be involved in the recovery are:

  • include summaries of swift parrot habitat and management in threatened species field guides being produced for local government and regional vegetation management committees by NPWS.
  • Produce a profile of swift parrot for inclusion into the Threatened Species Management Manuals (eg. Tasmania’s Threatened Species Handbook, NSW Threatened Species Management Manual).
  • Place profiles, listing statements, action statements and recovery plans on the websites.
  • Produce Environmental Impact Assessment and Management Guidelines for considering habitat of swift parrot for distribution to all local governments, major environmental consultants and other government agencies.
Responsibilities

Administration: NRE (Bendigo), NPWS (Queanbeyan), DPIWE (Hobart), BA, TSN. Fieldwork: volunteers

Costs ($1000s)

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Total
8.5 8.5 8.5 8.7 8.7 42.9

Action 5b. Newsletter

Aims

To maintain and increase support for the Swift Parrot Recovery Program by distributing information about the aims of the program and its achievements.

Justification

The swift parrot is a key species in the conservation of woodlands and forests in south east Australia and is an example of an integrated approach to the protection and management of a species that utilises patchy and fragmented habitats at a continental scale. The swift parrot winter surveys are undertaken by a large network of volunteers, some of whom travel long distances to survey important sites. The newsletter is the primary means of informing volunteers why their efforts are important. This is vital to maintain interest in the project from the volunteer network.

Methods

An annual newsletter will be produced after results from the second winter survey have been received. Results of the surveys, stories from volunteers, relevant research results and information on habitats and potential areas to visit will be included. Funds are required to prepare and publish the newsletter.

Responsibilities

Administration: NRE (Melbourne), NPWS (Queanbeyan), DPIWE (Hobart), BA, TSN

Costs ($1000s)

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Total
1.7 1.7 1.7 1.8 1.8 8.7