Concrete & Grassland

`Are We Too Late?` Bird Series #3, The Mallee Emu-wren       Kathy Brown  •  Modbury, South Australia, Australia

`Are We Too Late?` Bird Series #3, The Mallee Emu-wren
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NFS 27 x 34 inches (photos by Tracey Hardy)

Far away, in the beautiful and dry landscape of the Mallee scrub in southeastern Australia, you might be blessed with the sight of a Mallee Emu-wren, a tiny bird weighing less than 6 grams. They live in this grassland of spinifex grass and mallee trees, where the grasses can grow up to 3 feet in height. Reduced funding and inappropriate fire regimes threaten many endangered species. Such was the fate of the Mallee Emu-wren. When funding shortfalls meant an inability to fight controllable fires, these birds went from ‘endangered’ in 2011 in South Australia to ‘extinct’ in 2014. We were too late for these birds!

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