The Dunn’s Road Bushfire of January 2020 devastated 600,000 ha in the Riverina Highlands and Upper Murray regions. Many species of animals and Endangered Ecological Communities were severely impacted. Turquoise Parrot populations were already in decline, and many hollows where birds such as the Turquoise Parrots nest were destroyed in the fire.
A workshop for landholders was held, where Jayden Gunn from Birdlife Australia spoke about Turquoise Parrot behaviour and habitat. He then conducted a walk and talk through a White Box, Yellow Box, Blakely’s Red Gum woodland. Attendees learnt that these parrots prefer long hollows to nest in. Carl Tippler from Habitech Innovations then demonstrated a nest box installation on a Blakely’s Red Gum.
This workshop was reported across Australia on the ABC. This will lead to a much better appreciation of our wildlife, and how severely it was impacted by the bushfires of 2019-20.