Threatened bird species of the forest:
Gang gang cockatoo. Powerful and Barking Owl. Flame and Scarlet robin. Varied Sitella.
A bird survey was conducted by Merops Avian Services in February 2008.An area search method was applied and all species detected by call or sight were recorded.Their abundance and breeding status were aslo recorded .
” Thirty bird species were recorded during the survey. One threatened species , namely the Gang- gang cockatoo-Callocephalon fimbriatum, was detected during the survey…several bird species were recorded.
Several potential nesting hollows were observed in the more mature trees…This habitat type does not appear to be common in the local government area and large areas of continuous forest are rare in the shire. The health of the site may aslo depend on whether it continues to exist as part of a large forest remnant and whether other parts of the forest offsite are altered.”
A second afternoon and nocturnal bird survey was performed on my property “The Forest”by the same consultant. Twenty four bird species were recorded.
This forest is habitat for many bird species . The gang gang cockatoo is well known here the sighting of breeding pairs ios evdince of large hollows. (Along with actually seeing these large hollows!) Like many of our bird species they are threatened because of habitat loss and degredation. Gang gangs prefer a cool temperate vegetation and are more likely than a lot of species to be impacted by predicted climate change. As well as verifications by experts I have video evidence of them in Mount Rae forest.
Threatened by habitat loss and degredation? Climate change? SO WHY IS THE OEH APPROVING FIREWOOD LOGGING IN KNOWN HABITAT AGAINST THE ADVICE OF THEIR OWN SCIENTISTS?
The above appeared on the 2011 MOUNT RAE FOREST CALENDAR.
To see more on some of the bird species in this forest look at the page THE CALL on this website and for a complete list of the 55 known bird species and the over 230 species of fauna and flora in Mount Rae forest please click on the following link: