It is almost tradition now that funds raised in the Twitchathon help protect species in globally important Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA’s) and the 2019 QLD Twitchathon proudly stands in this tradition.
The Eungella Honeyeater has a mythical status in the birding community as the last bird species new to science in Australia. However, in late 2018 a bushfire ravaged the Clarke Range Key Biodiversity Area destroying at least 5% of Eungella Honeyeater habitat and leaving a question mark over the long-term survival of the species in its minute distribution range.
Now is the time to establish the current threat status for Eungella Honeyeater by assessing the population of the species and determining some key ecological and conservation needs to identify and protect critical habitat for the species outside the Eungella National Park.
The $10K targets of funds raised in the 2019 Twitchathon will help will help prevent the extinction of the Eungella Honeyeater, a bird that still holds the promise that Australia’s bush has many natural wonders for us to discover.