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Birds are rapidly disappearing from all around us. Habitat reduction, climate change, pesticides, invasive pests and many more factors are causing the reduction in the numbers of all species, and more species face the increased threat of extinction. The species and the people fighting to understand the reasons for the reductions in bird populations will be highlighted, along with research and practical efforts to arrest the decline. Meet the people at the coalface and learn about their projects, and about them.

Birds are rapidly disappearing from all around us. Habitat reduction, climate change, pesticides, invasive pests and many more factors are causing the reduction in the numbers of all species, and more species face the increased threat of extinction. The species and the people fighting to understand the reasons for the reductions in bird populations will be highlighted, along with research and practical efforts to arrest the decline. Meet the people at the coalface and learn about their projects, and about them.

Location:

Australia

Description:

Birds are rapidly disappearing from all around us. Habitat reduction, climate change, pesticides, invasive pests and many more factors are causing the reduction in the numbers of all species, and more species face the increased threat of extinction. The species and the people fighting to understand the reasons for the reductions in bird populations will be highlighted, along with research and practical efforts to arrest the decline. Meet the people at the coalface and learn about their projects, and about them.

Language:

English


Episodes

Red-rumped Parrot Citizen Science "Rumpuary" with Rob Ashworth

9/22/2022
This bonus episode is the audio from the live stream recently conducted with Robert Ashworth, A Masters student at Melbourne University. Robert is running a Citizen Science project about known nesting sites and hollows used by the Australian grass-parrot, the Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus). Robert is looking for you to report any instance you know of Red-rumps using a hollow for nesting, no matter when you witnessed it! To get involved with Robert's Red-rump project, Rumpuary,...

Duration:01:06:39

Fotography Friday with Nicolas Rakotopare and Sandy Horne

8/12/2022
Here is the Fotography Friday conversation that Grant and Nicolas Rakotopare had with Sandy Horne, recounting her introduction to photography, and bird photography in particular. The photographs discussed are on this webpage and also check out Sandy's Flickr albums. Follow Sandy on Twitter @SandyHorne61 Don't forget to have a look at Nico's pics... You can find some really lovely shots from Nicolas on his website, not limited to his work with birds at lerako.net Follow Nicolas on...

Duration:01:44:01

Selecting plants to use in a bird-friendly garden

8/7/2022
Another Bonus episode - the audio of a live stream where Grant Williams and Dr. Holly Parsons suggest some plants they like to use in a bird and wildlife-friendly garden, and give some design tips. Grant draws upon his knowledge as a horticulturist to suggest an approach to structure, and to suggest a few plants from each category that he suggests using stratification as a major design principle - thinking like a bird! Holly draws upon her experince with the Birds In Backyards program to...

Duration:01:22:05

077 Aotearoa Southern Dotterel

7/30/2022
What do you think is the rarest bird in New Zealand? Perhaps, you immediately think of the Kakapo? But the title probably belongs to a seabird, or a little-known shorebird, the Southern Dotterel (or the Southern Red-breasted Plover) (Chadrius obscurus), which has been described as a distinct species and listed as such on the IUCN Red LIst. It is listed as Critically Endangered and the population trend is indicated as Decreasing. Last assessed in 2017, the IUCN estimates that the population...

Duration:01:03:16

076 The Adrift Lab - Plastic Pollution and the Flesh-footed Shearwaters of Lord Howe Island

7/19/2022
This episode is a little different than our usual "regular" episode, in that is the audio of the video live stream, and a number of images and videos are referenced in the recording. Because the subject matter is so shocking, and really should be a wake up call for many people (listen for the distressing stats of how many chicks are found to have ingested plastic in the colony of Flesh-footed Shearwaters on Lord Howe Island). Dr. Jennifer Lavers is on of the co-leads of The Adrift Lab,...

Duration:01:33:05

Fotography Friday with Nicolas Rakotopare (Reboot)

7/15/2022
Fotography Friday has been given a bit of an overhaul, and will be an irregular regular bonus in The Bird Emergency feed. The reboot episode features Nicolas Rakotopare, who is based in the northern Australian state of Queensland. His work focuses on documenting science and nature, bringing stories of science, conservation and nature to a general audience through all the channels available today. Nicolas has a degree in Ecology and Conservation Biology and grew up in Madagascar. He has...

Duration:01:59:45

075 Bird Conservation Policy and (much more) with Hugh Possingham

7/11/2022
Professor Hugh Possingham is widely know in Australia, as the Chief Scientist in the State of Queensland, but also as a champion of birds, and for his work assisting to develop conservation stragegy and plans utilising his skills as a mathematician, combined with his training as an ecologist to devise conservation initiatives that integrate spatial planning and economic factors. He has co-authored more than 650 peer-reviewed papers, with more than 30 in the world’s top two scientific...

Duration:01:26:02

Corvus urbanis - Are urban birds evolving into new species? with Darryl Jones

7/9/2022
Continuing with our regular theme exploring the interactions between birds in urban settings, and the humans that have created and live in them, Grant spoke with ecologist and author, Emeritus Professor Darryl Jones, of the Centre for Planetary Health & Food Security and the School of Environment & Science at Griffith University about the idea some some species are adapting their behaviours to thrive in the built environment, perhaps on the road to becoming new species. You can read...

Duration:00:55:10

Monday with Holly - Wild Birds: To Feed or Not To Feed?

7/2/2022
Should we be feeding our local wild birds? Dr. Holly Parsons, Manager of the Urban Birds program at Birdlife Australia, Dr. Johanne Martens and Prof. David Phalen from the University of Sydney, discuss this issue with Grant, who has been feeding his local birds in the park. Where did they end up on this disputed topic? If you are interested in this issue, be sure to batch Grant talking to Darryl Jones, who wrote "The Birds At My Table" which you can find at thebirdemergency.com/live Follow...

Duration:00:56:46

074 Whimbrels in Iceland with Camilo Carneiro

6/29/2022
Camilo Carniero is a biologist and ecologist and postdoc researcher at the South Iceland Research Centre, after completing a PhD in Biology and Ecology of Global Change; University of Aveiro. His masters thesis was the "Breeding parameters, diet and growth of the Red Heron (Ardea purpurea) in Salreu, Aveiro" and his PhD thesis was about whimbrels in Iceland, titled "Bridging from the arctic to the tropics: implications of long-distance migration to individual fitness." I spoke with Camilo...

Duration:00:59:35

073 Migratory Birds of the Middle East with Yoav Perlman

6/24/2022
Yoav Perlman is based in a region of the world that is not often the first thought when bird nerds begin thinking about destinations to sate our birdwatching desires, but the Middle East is a great destination. It is on an avian highway, and the movement between Africa and Europe and Asia is comparable to the annual migrations between the American land masses. Yoav is into birding, photography, ringing, sound recording, twitching, and dipping. In this episode her shares his experiences with...

Duration:01:20:43

Monday with Holly - Urban Biodiversity with Jacinta Humphrey

6/20/2022
The term "biodiversity" is thrown around and inserted into conversations all the time. But when one person says biodiversity, is the full meaning of the term conveyed to anybody listening? Dr. Holly Parsons from Birdlife Australia (Birds In Backyards) is joined by Jacinta Humphrey, a PhD candidate at LaTrobe University in Melbourne. Her research focuses on the impacts of urban development on birds at the landscape scale. Holly and Jacinta kick around a lot of the issues that are picked up...

Duration:01:16:10

072 Captive Breeding at Zoos SA with Chad Crittle

6/6/2022
What is it like to be involved in a breeding program and managing part of an insurance population of an endangered species that is under human care? How important are the birds that you see in free-flight displays at zoos and sanctuaries around the world? How do the birds in those shows get selected, and is it a good purpose for those birds to be put to? If you have ever wondered about any of those issues, you will enjoy hearing Chad Crittle, Senior Keeper of Birds and Free Flight at...

Duration:01:37:30

071 Successful conservation strategies for the Forty-spotted Pardalote with Sally Bryant

5/31/2022
Dr. Sally Bryant is the Chair of the Forty-spotted Pardalote Recovery Team. The Recovery Plan for the 40-Spot is currently being updated, so the team are busy doing that. (Yes, I know we love this bird!). Over more than 30 years, Sally has worked in government and in the non-government and private sectors that are becoming increasingly important in order to adequately protect species, intact habitat and to repair potentially suitable habitat for ongoing mananagement of endangered...

Duration:01:24:06

070 Drones are improving conservation efforts and woodland bird with Rohan Clarke

5/23/2022
If you have a copy of the Australian Bird Guide, then you already are familiar with some of the work of Rohan Clarke. If you have been a keen Bird Nerd for many, many years, and consume as much information as you can about Australian Birds, then you have probably read many articles where Rohan is an author, or cited as a reference. (I know I have!) Rohan is an ecologist and ornithologist, is a Master of Environment and Sustainability, a Senior Lecturer in Ecology and Head of the 'Research...

Duration:01:27:27

Monday with Dr Holly - The Fairywren Project with Dr Joe Welklin

5/18/2022
Dr. Holly Parsons, Manager of the Urban Birds Program at Birdlife Australia, and Grant Williams recently spoke with Dr. Joe Welklin, one of the principal researchers who originated The Fairywren Project, which has been looking into the ecology, distribution and relationships between the genus Malurus, better know as Fairywrens, in Australia. To see much more detail, the habitat photographs provided by Joe and all the updates regarding the follow-up live stream coming up on Monday May 30th,...

Duration:01:14:19

069 Prothonotary Warbler with Jarod Hitchings

5/14/2022
This episode began as a celebration of one of the most curiously named, most loved and interesting migratory species of North and Central America, the Prothonotary Warbler. It became a very free-flowing and wide-ranging discussion about a bird that Jarod is obviously very passionate about, his connection to the migratory birds that he sees and appreciates each season, and the efforts he takes to encourage the PROWs that visit his area to breed in artificial nest boxes, made from juice or...

Duration:01:42:44

068 Migratory Birds and the Salt Pans project in Taiwan with Scott Pursner

5/14/2022
Celebrating World Migratory Bird Day (WorldMigratoryBirdDay.org) and this episode we talk to Scott Pursner from the Taiwan Wild Bird Federation about the birds that move thorough Taiwan, that reside in Taiwan and the reclaimation project to maintain some disused salt pans, that had become important habitat for some rare bird species. Scott talks about the variation of the habitats that are present on Taiwain, the co-operation of the different conservation groups, citizen science and the...

Duration:01:41:32

067 Bird Strike in Asia and the evolution of Pittas with David Tan

5/13/2022
Celebrating World Migratory Bird Day (WorldMigratoryBirdDay.org), PhD candidate, David Tan, tells us about the stunning Pittas that needlessly fall victim to BirdStrike as the migrate thorough SIngapore, why SIngapore is a great birding spot, and his adventures in Arizona, a bird hotspot in the USA. Visit David's website - https://davidbirdtan.com/ Follow David on Twitter - @g33k5p34k You can watch many of the past conversations, and see the upsoming interviews live at...

Duration:01:58:29

066 Adelie Penguins with Javen Riaz

5/13/2022
Photo courtesy - Marcus Salton What could be for fun than talking again about penguins, with somebody who has summed up their research project in a haiku? Well, in this episode, as part of the @PintOfScienceAU Takeover for 2022, you will meet Javed Riaz, who is a undertaking PhD studies on the foraging habits and prey of the Adelie Penguin, in the Australian Antarctic territory. Adélie penguins are indicators of the health of their ecosystem. By studying the foraging behaviour and...

Duration:01:08:44