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Where did the name Avianation come from?

‘AV’ – (abrv) Audio Visual. Sound and sight are also the two primary elements of identifying birds.

AVIAN – An adjective relating to birds

AVIANATE – A verb, promoting a greater understanding of bird species and their relationship to the natural environment.

AVIANATION – A noun, whereby future conservation actions are based on a greater knowledge of bird ecology

The main purpose of Avianation is to raise awareness of Australia’s bird species within the general population to ensure the best environmental outcomes for future generations.

Based in western Sydney, Avianation seeks to mitigate the destruction of Cumberland Plain Woodland due to population growth and associated urbanisation.

2 thoughts on “AVIANATION”

  1. Im keen to liaise with Your Organisation, regarding tree & shrub species on the UWS Campus that are known to be having a rising level of toxins in their leaves and other parts e.g Camphor laurel trees and Privets – known and published ( refs.available)in North America where “native birds” are known to have died/been killed after consuming the (unripe/ripe) fruits of these Exotic species.
    But that such -species (& other spp.no doubt) are on the UWS campus, and there has been nil attempt to-date to REPLACE them with Known /proven non-toxic, native shrub / tree species- in spite of some certain species having been recently Declared ‘ Noxious’ across NSW !
    Please let me know if Your organisation can/ will help me in my quest to develop a Toxic Plant Species Replacement Strategy ( a TPSRS) for the UWS campus lots, inc.the ‘unmapped block’ adjacent to the Hawkes’y River. Rsvp: friendjoe7@gmail.com
    2. Who exactly coined the term/ word :
    ‘ avaianation’? ( Is it ref’d at Wikipedia for instance?
    Environmentally , J A Friend
    An Independent Scientist ;0407937213

    1. Hi Joe,

      While I’ve never looked into the toxicity of non-native plants, I am familiar with the role that non-native plants play in supporting native fauna. You mention privets which I’ve observed rainforest species using due to it’s dense structure, I’ve also seen rosellas and silvereys gorging on the berries with no ill-effect. I’ve also seen other rainforest species such as Satin Bowerbird and Brown Cuckoo-Dove feeding on fruiting Tobacco plants. At the ABSA conference on the birds of the Cumberland Plain, it was noted that dry woodland species had suffered the heaviest losses while rainforest species had actually increased, probably due to the increase in Mesic vegetation such as African Olive and Lantana.

      Avianation is a made-up name which I use to promote the inclusion of avifauna and their ecology in regard to restoration activities, many of which seem to rely on vegetation. In short, I wash to add the fauna to the flora in all environmental assessment activities.

      Hope this helps,

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