Why the sea urchins are such a big deal – in photos
The sea ursine, also known as the sea butterfly, has become a big thing in the Australian birding world, and it looks set to become even more so in the future.
According to the Australian Birding Association (ABAA), the urchine has become one of their most popular birds, with about 5 per cent of Australian birders visiting at least once a year.
“It is also one of our most common bird species, so we do see it in a lot of different areas,” the ABAA’s director of conservation, David Prentice, said.
“There are a number of people who come into the ABA to see it as well.”
We see them flying around in the water, we see them nesting on a beach, we can see them nestling in a tree.
” “The urchines are not just for fun.
“The ursines are known to be friendly birds, and Prentice said there were several factors which made them a popular visitor, including the fact they’re one of the few birds that have been shown to be immune to influenza.”
And, as they get older, they get more and more socialised.””
[The uralis] also have an incredible sense of smell, so they’re very, very good at detecting a lot.”
And, as they get older, they get more and more socialised.
“If you’ve got them out in a group, they can be very effective at keeping track of each other.”
In the past decade, there has also been a huge influx of sea ures, with a population of about 40,000 birds now living in the Great Barrier Reef, the largest in the world.
The population is expected to grow in the next 10 years.
“We’re getting the population in there, and we’re getting sea urines coming in from around the world,” Prentice explained.
“I think that’s the main reason why we’re seeing the numbers increase.”
And while they may not be the most popular of birds, Prentice believes there’s a big opportunity for them to make a comeback.
He said that by 2025, sea ure populations will be over a million birds, up from about a thousand in the 1990s.
“Sea ursins are not a popular bird, they’re not popular because they’re so cute, but they’re really good at the water,” he explained.
There’s also a growing interest in the ursinae as a conservation tool.
Prentice said a couple of years ago, he was approached by a couple in Adelaide who were concerned about the urin’s plight.
“They asked if I would take their urine, they said it was a great idea,” he laughed.
When he went to Australia to see the urns, he saw sea urerans nesting in trees, and he was interested.
“So we went down and found out they were actually trying to breed the uralines and that’s exactly what we’re trying to do.”
As a result, the ABPA has set up a breeding program, with the aim of having about 200 urali birds in Australia by 2020.
It has also established a breeding site in the Northern Territory.
And it’s hoped that, in the coming years, more breeding programmes will be established in other parts of the world, such as South Africa, where the ura is still found.
More to come.