Mallee Emu-wren and Black-eared Miner populations lost in SA fires

The January fires that accompanied the week-long heatwave wiped out the last remaining wild population of the mallee emu-wren in South Australia. 

During the week-long heatwave that began on January 13 lightning ignited fires in Victoria's Bronzewing Flora and Fauna Reserve in the Mallee, one of just three sites home to another endangered bird, the black-eared miner.

All the 40-odd miner birds in the reserve were killed in the fire, limiting the species to just one population in the state, again at Murray-Sunset National Park.

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