I refer to the article "Corella plan hatched," this 'problem' was caused by land clearing and urban sprawl without thinking of or addressing habitat loss from the beginning, now recreating habitat will take decades, but it is the only solution. How the words "humane and destruction methods" can be used in one sentence is an oxymoron.
By branding species pests, pressure is put on the government to allow a cull, and as with all culls, other birds of the same species move in to fill the void. Culls do not work. Corellas form lifelong bonds, culls cause most to suffer shocking injuries and die slowly with their partners at their sides. Any animal or bird that appears to be in the "wrong" place, in the "wrong" numbers, is always there because of human actions. Odd clusters of wildlife are nature's call for help.
As we humans alter and destroy habitat, wildlife moves on. Yet there remains only so many islands of habitat left, that when wildlife cluster in numbers into the last bastions of suitable habitat, they become a local extinction risk. We must adapt known corella appropriate areas and learn to live and let live.
So “ corellas have caused thousands of dollars worth of damage to natural and urban environments…for over a decade?'
What about the billions of dollars worth of damage to urban and natural environments, including bird and animal habitat, caused by completely unsustainable numbers of humans on our finite planet?
Bearing that in mind, who do you think should be subjected to “sterilisation, contraception and humane destruction?"
In my view, it appears that Mother Nature is already working on the latter solutions, illustrated by plummeting human fertility rates and increasing extreme weather events?
Birds grieve too
Peter Goers’ article “The inevitable loss that’s left a hole in my heart,” was extremely compassionate.
His description of the little corella he watched sitting on a branch next to its dead mate for days highlighted how non-humans grieve and experience loss, too.
I thought of all the dislocated little corella’s in suburbia that have been shot because they were considered pests and how many would fly away, leaving their dead lifelong companion behind.
Peter also referred to the “worst grief” he had ever known was for his dog, sharing: “The love of a pet is pure and uncomplicated” .
Many of your readers would totally agree with you, Peter.
Thanks to the Mt Barker Council for organising the recent public discussion about the Corella’s.
It was encouraging to meet people who want to live kindly with Corella’s and to share ideas.
Killing is no answer and thank goodness the Mt Barker Council recognises this.
Corella 'scout' flocks
How heartbreaking to read in the Courier, that little corella 'scout' flocks will be in the firing line next October. The long term approach must be considered as these birds are utilising resources we provide; they like the open habitat, food and water, in agricultural and urban landscapes.
The solution, to be created over time, is to decrease open areas where birds are not welcome, and instead of lawn, grow many more native shrubs, which are more water efficient. Corellas don't feel safe in bushland. They like single stands of trees where they feel safe, as they can see further.
So more multiple native tree planting, with the focus away from controlling the birds, on to landscape management with the help of groups such as Greening Australia, Landscape Care, Trees for Life, arborists and other community groups. Even the creation of a 'sacrificial' sight to entice them to that specific area, as a refuge for the birds.
Lorikeets an easily recognised species
Irrespective of what lorikeets eat, they are a protected and an easily recognised species and should never be part of a 'cull' as took place on Phillip Costa's property, in the Advertiser, Feb 7th, "Prison risk for grower in bird cull." Native lorikeets eat nectar from native flowers, soft fruit, berries and sap from eucalypts and wattles.
The Uni SA report confirmed that "...numbers (of corellas and galahs) had grown as land was cleared for farming and housing." As native animals or birds cluster in numbers into the last bastions of suitable habitat, they become a local extinction risk.
Any that appear to be in the "wrong" place, in the "wrong" numbers, are always there because of human actions. Like galahs and corellas other flocks move in after birds are slaughtered, so this criminal act was inexcusable and unjustifiable.