This is the second Fundlandcare campaign we have run for Golden-shouldered Parrots. The first was in 2021 and together with donations directly to the Artemis Nature Fund, we managed to reach our goal of raising $50,000.Here is a link to a summary of work we achieved in 2021.More information about our work
Since the 1920s Golden-shouldered Parrots (Psephotellus chrysopterygius) have disappeared from more than half of their range. There are an estimated 770-1100 individuals left in the wild.
The northernmost limit of their distribution is now on Artemis Station, where the population was recently estimated to be 50 birds, down from perhaps 300-400. The main threat to the parrots is that their preferred open habitats have become thick with invasive native trees. This has made it more likely that Golden-shouldered Parrots will be killed by ambush predators.
Previous research has shown that certain fires can maintain preferred habitat if the trees are not too big. However, no fires can kill the large trees that are causing habitat thickening. Instead, large plants need to be manually killed or razed to ground level, where regenerating seedlings or suckers can be suppressed by shade competition from grasses and kept in-check with subsequent fires.
The Artemis Habitat Restoration Project is doing exactly that: manual, practical, on-ground work to restore habitats to an open structure and increase parrot survival. We are collecting detailed ecological information along the way, to ensure we are on the right track.
Please help us carry on with the task of restoring the habitats of Golden-shouldered Parrots on Artemis by making a tax deductible donation.