UNDER PRESSURE: A jabiru, or black-necked stalk, wanders through wetlands in the Coolum area.
UNDER PRESSURE: A jabiru, or black-necked stalk, wanders through wetlands in the Coolum area. Nicholas Falconer

LETTER OF THE DAY: So many threats take toll on birds

BAITING is just one issue pertaining to the loss of many Australian birds (John Braby, Daily, September 8).

Add to this melting pot, global warming - plants, birds and wildlife cannot easily adjust to rapid changes in temperature or their food supply.

Researchers predict that 20-30% of plants and animals are at risk of extinction if global temperatures increase more than 2.5 degrees.

Loss of habitat is huge. About one-third of Australia's woodlands have been cleared, and as areas are destroyed what little habitat remains isolates various bird species, causing fragmentation, which in itself causes further problems for our birdlife.

Trapping for the pet trade? Wild birds are not meant to be caged and are exposed to stress-related illness, and for exotic birds this increases their risk of extinction.

Long-line fishing is a major threat to seabirds and other ocean dwellers such as turtles and dolphins.

Coastal birds are suffering from breeding and nest disturbances caused through holidaymakers.

Overhunting? Hunters are killing numerous migratory birds every year under the banner of "conservation".

Then there is the introduction of predatory animals, including the myna, which kill our parrots and take over nesting spots.

We need to start looking after what is ours.

ANNELIES CRAIG

Nambour


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