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Old 01-04-2020, 09:18 PM
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Re: Thinking of our Australian members

Did see this evening that North American, Wild Fire Fighters and their equipment have arrived or is arriving. Those arriving are highly skilled in Western America and Western Canadian Wild Fires.

Also, saw that the Australian National Guard has been called-up.

May the influx of support continue to arrive over the next days and weeks.
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Old 01-05-2020, 12:48 AM
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Re: Thinking of our Australian members

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Does anyone have any ideas which species have been affected most (bird wise), that could be candidates for a club or personal breeding program?
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I think it'll be a while before a census of species can be taken to discove exactly how severe the effects hav been. I'm thinking it'll be the little passerines who are affected most, since their ranges are small and their ability to outfly the fires would be so much less.

On the other hand, who knows whether raptors like, say, the Wedge-tailed Eagle would have been able to fly ahead of the fire? Could be they succumb to oxygen starvation because of their larger size. Could be they're intelligent and able enough to escape. Only time will tell.
When the carnage ends and assessment is completed, dedicated aviculturists such as Trish and Noah will have a lifetime of opportunity to rehabilitate and reintroduce at-risk species. My heart aches for the hundreds of millions lost and desperate survivors.
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Old 01-05-2020, 03:06 AM
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Re: Thinking of our Australian members

I hope you all know that our *heartfelt* thanks go to our northern friends for sending aid at this critical time! Boots on the ground are our main weapon against the Fire and trained personnel is vital.

LOL! They'll get an eye-opener, I think. Fire in eucalypt woodland is not quite the same as in coniferous or evergreen forests. The trees are laden with flammable eucalyptus oil which causes them to explode once the canopy ignites. The explosions are moderate in younger trees, but when the Old Man trees go up, they really do it with a bang! Losing the Old Man trees is a terrible tragedy for our native birds.

A single River Red Gum tree can support thousands of individuals with shelter, food and nesting space. The loss of the old trees will mean losing hundreds of thousands of nest-hollows in which (we hope) subsequent generations will be hatched. I assume there'll be plans later down the track to erect man-made nest boxes for the birds to use.

Today, I saw a video of some of the aftermath areas. I'm not sharing it because my heart still feels sick at what I saw. Suffice it to say that animals have burned and died in their millions. We have a HUGE recovery ahead of us.
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Re: Thinking of our Australian members

Got Golden Shouldered Parrots on the list, as well as Red brows and Southern Black throats, any others would you think would be greatly affected
I can breed those 3 with ease, they aren't hard
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Re: Thinking of our Australian members

Australian firefighters have come to help us, and I am so happy to see this being reciprocated.

https://montrealgazette.com/news/que...stmas-holidays

https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/alberta-...alia-1.4753510


In the midst of the horrific losses, it brings hope to see people pull together.
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Old 01-05-2020, 02:20 PM
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Re: Thinking of our Australian members

Thank you thank you thank you all our firefighters and those coming to our aid from overseas! I cannot imagine how hard this work is and in such frightening conditions and we owe these people a huge debt of gratitude. Yes Mr Boats our equivalent of the National Guard, the Army Reserve has been brought in with extra manpower, vehicles, supplies and materiel so they will bring much needed relief to the communities that have suffered such devastation.

I've located a more bird-specific organisation if anyone wishes to make a donation to cover the enormous cost of land rehabilitation. Much of their food sources and habitat has been destroyed and while the fire has taken so many lives, the destruction of habitat will take many more. Here's the link (hope it works!)

https://birdlife.org.au/current-appeal

Birdlife Australia is a wonderful organisation that buys up old rundown sheep and cattle stations and turns them into bird sanctuaries and they do a lot of excellent work trying to rehabilitate farmland into a more natural state. Their webpage also has a nice little online shop too

All of Australia thanks you from the bottom of our hearts for your care and concern during these frightening and unprecedented times!
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Old 01-05-2020, 11:20 PM
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Re: Thinking of our Australian members

Hi everyone.
Thankfully I’m in a ‘safe’ (for now) part of Victoria. Quite far away from the major fires. We’ve had a few in the area which had the potential to grow quickly, luckily after a few days they were under control.
My heart is breaking for all the animals which are going through such an awful, horrific and painful death and suffering. I can’t bare it. I just want to cry constantly, especially when watching the hundreds of Parrots on the farm at the moment, Galahs, yellow-tailed blacks, Corellas, sulphur cresteds, grass parrots, rosellas, parakeets and so many more, as well as the other birds such as the wrens, magpies, blackbirds, robins all which I see daily. The thought of all these happy birds in these fires is more than heartbreaking. All the juveniles and ones still in the nest just being swallowed by flames.. gosh.
And I of course care massively for the people who are losing lives and homes. I cannot imagine it.
Sorry to here that your Asthma is severe with the smoke Trish. I’m so glad you’re not any closer to the fires. I hope the conditions cool down for you and your feathered friends soon.

So much sorrow. But we must be strong, the people and animals need us to cope and help in as many ways possible.
The firefighters and wildlife rescuers are true heroes, What amazing people. I wish I could help somehow.
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Old 01-06-2020, 12:27 AM
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Re: Thinking of our Australian members

Thanks for checking in, Hannah. Dearly hope you remain safe from the vicious fires. Doing what you can in your little corner of the world is a huge help.
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Re: Thinking of our Australian members

I was wondering if You and Jon..and the horsey's were making out ok..dear lady friend! So happy to see your post and know you are surviving this horrific fight/fright with Mother Nature..I pray that Sunny and his "family" find safe refuge


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Re: Thinking of our Australian members

Hannah, I am so happy you guys are okay! Thank you for letting us know!

I emailed Debbie (Ellie777Australia) to see how she is doing, and she wanted me to let everyone know so I am including her emails. I'm so glad they are all safe, but am heartbroken at what they have lost.

This was the first:

"Thank you for your concerns regarding our safety. We are safe at an evacuation centre in Bega, NSW. Our home was burnt in the fire storm that hit Kiah past few days. Bertie, Ellie and all of us are safe. We even managed to rescue our 10 chooks (chickens). Currently homeless and waiting for ok to return and see what is left. Thank you for your prayers."

This was the next:

"Hi Terry,


Miss you all so very much...we were allowed to leave evacuation centre this afternoon and just arrived at a friends house to regroup and have a hot shower. Forgotten what this has been like as we have been evacuated since NYE 9am. Bertie and Ellie have been real troopers. Feathers full of fire ash but Jesus kept us safe and kept their lungs ok despite the awful air quality. Can't express how terrible the experience. Only so eternally grateful that we are alive.

Please share with our PF friends etc on our behalf. We have been more than busy than with move. Fire season came quickly as you know with our Stanthorpe fire so we have been doing bush fire prep since then. Basically why we have been so absent because we have been doing bush fire prep to save our lives as well as trying to live. Our dwelling area was a fire trap big time. Uncleared bush in forestry zone, wooden dwellings and now a dry river bed because of the drought.

I won’t have time to be back to PF but will keep you in the loop when we have communication capability and time. Hope it isn’t time spent trying to save our lives any more because I would not want anyone to have a week like this!

Love you all, happy new year, belated merry Christmas. Hope all is well with you and PF friends…miss you greatly…please understand…we will be back soon,

Hugs

Us plus Ellie, Bertie, and Bella their protector (brown lab)"
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