Fire threatens endangered purple-crowned fairy-wren

Sunday, 5 November 2023 - 11:00am to 11:30am
Male Purple Crowned Fairywren Niki Teunissen/AWC

Fire threat to purple-crowned fairy-wren

 

Wildfire threatens the survival of the endangered purple-crowned fairy-wren, a tiny bird that lives in riparian zones, along the rivers and creeks of Australia’s northern tropical savanna.

 

Anne Peters and Niki Teunissen have been studying the purple-crowned fairy-wren at the Mornington Marion Downs Wildlife Sanctuary for almost twenty years. During this time one low-intensity fire and one high-intensity fire burnt through their study site. They tell us why they began studying this remarkable bird, what they’ve learned and the impact the fires have had.

 

Guests:

Anne Peters Professor, Behavioual ecology, Monash University

Niki Teunissen Behavioual ecologogist, Post-doctoral researcher, Wageningen University in the Netherlands and Monash University

 

https://theconversation.com/fire-in-northern-australias-tropical-savanna...

 

https://www.australianwildlife.org/wildlife/purple-crowned-fairy-wren/

 

https://theconversation.com/painting-with-fire-how-northern-australia-de...

 

https://theconversation.com/the-worlds-best-fire-management-system-is-in...

 

 

Photo credit: Niki Teunissen/AWC

 

Earth Matters episode #1425

 

Produced by Judith Peppard

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Sunday 11:00am to 11:30am
Local and global environmental issues from grassroots, activist perspectives with a strong social justice focus. Distributed nationally on the Community Radio Network.

Presenter

Phil Evans, Bec Horridge, Eiddwen Jeffery, Judith Peppard & Jacob Gamble

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