It has been a while since we had a conservation thread and I woud like to open it with the wonderful news that there has been a KAKAPO breeding season in 2014, the last breeding season was in 2011. There was a total of 8 fertile eggs laid. The first has hatched bringing the kakapo population up to 125. This egg had to be repaired after its mother, Lisa, accidently crushed it and as a result it hatched in an incubator. Fingers crossed that the other seven will hatch safely. The newest kakapo (hatched 28 Feb) ORANGE BELLIED PARROT around 300 in captivity, about 50 in the wild. The breeding season went well for the wild population. 43 adult birds made the dangerous flight across Bass Strait from the birds' winter grounds in Victoria to its breeding grounds in SW Tasmania. 34 chicks have fledged. THE NIGHT PARROT From Wikipedia Later in this thread I will be mentioning the Forty-Spotted Pardalote (Tasmania), the Black Robin (New Zealand), Takahe (New Zealand), Tasmanian Devil and the Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat. EDITED TO ADD - I would be interested to know whether the Anericans here believe that the Ivory-billed Woodpecker still exists or not.