Windharps of the Wimmera

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Maron, Martine. 2006. "Windharps of the Wimmera." Wingspan. 16 (3), pp. 22-25.
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Windharps of the Wimmera

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AuthorMaron, Martine
Journal TitleWingspan
Journal Citation16 (3), pp. 22-25
Number of Pages4
Year2006
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
Web Address (URL)http://www.birdsaustralia.com.au/wingspan/index.html
Abstract

The leafless Buloke trees of western Victoria’s Wimmera Plains used to be viewed as scruffy and useless, inferior to the more majestic Red Gums and shade-giving Grey Box. ... But in parts of the Wimmera, trees are still being lost at an artificially high rate. To replace a typical 40 cm diameter Buloke tree, with its small hollows for birds and bats and large canopy providing profitable foraging for red-tails, might take over 300 years. We must retain existing trees for as long as we can to help bridge the gap. The importance of scattered trees and small Buloke remnants must not be underestimated, as they are a vital link to the future for the Wimmera's unique and valuable avifauna.

Keywordsbuloke trees; Wimmera region; landscape ecology
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020310308. Terrestrial ecology
410401. Conservation and biodiversity
300202. Agricultural land management
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