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BirdLife Australia in the media: February

Thursday, 1 February 2024

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BirdLife Australia in the media: February 2024

Find out more about our bird conservation work around the country with our monthly multimedia round-up.

1. Leading ecologist Hugh Possingham says climate change should be mentioned in Australia’s new threatened species legislation

Professor Hugh Possingham (BirdLife Australia Vice President, former Queensland Chief Scientist and Chief Councillor with the Biodiversity Council) spoke with ABC’s 7.30, ahead of the Federal Government’s overhaul of the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act) later this year.

2. Sean Dooley on the Death by Birding podcast

In this Australian birding podcast, host Cesar Puechmarin caught up with our very own National Public Affairs Manager Sean (“Bird Man”) Dooley during the 2023 Australasian Ornithological Conference (AOC).

The AOC is hosted by BirdLife Australia and Birds NZ.

Two men sitting across from eachother inside. On the small round timber coffee table between them, there is a laptop, microphones and various other recording equipment. The man on the left (Sean Dooley) wears headphones, glasses, dark jeans and a black shirt with the BirdLife Australia logo. The man on the right (Cesar) has a beard and wears a yellow cap, headphones and a pale shirt and shorts. Both men are in conversation in front of a window, which overlooks nearby buildings and trees.
Sean (left) and Cesar in conversation on the Death by Birding podcast

3. Environment Minister’s decision to reject port in wetlands sets precedent for Ramsar Site protection

In January, Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek blocked the Victorian government’s plan to build a wind turbine plant at the Port of Hastings – due to the significant impacts it would have on the Western Port Ramsar Site and migratory shorebirds. But will the Minister reject Walker Corporation’s similarly concerning proposal at Toondah Harbour?

An aerial view of the green mangroves (top of frame) and the cloudy blue and green water of the bay around Westernport Bay
Mangroves around Westernport Bay, Hastings. Photo by Roof66 via WikiCommons

4. Wild success for Regent Honeyeater breeding program

Some welcome good news for the Critically Endangered Regent Honeyeater! A zoo-bred and wild bird pair have successfully fledged chicks – a first for the NSW Regent Honeyeater Recovery Program.

The Regent Honeyeater breeding program is a conservation partnership between BirdLife Australia, NSW Government’s Saving our Species program and Taronga Conservation Society Australia.

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