The dramatic fight to save the Western Ground Parrot from extinction

Western Ground Parrot. Photo by Jennene Riggs.
Western Ground Parrot. Photo by Jennene Riggs.

Birdlife Northern NSW is presenting a special Q&A screening of Secrets at Sunrise in Bellingen Memorial Hall on Sunday March 25 at 8pm.

Secrets At Sunrise is an emotionally gripping story of the dramatic fight to save the Western Ground Parrot from extinction.

The 80-minute documentary by Riggs Australia follows Department of Parks and Wildlife scientists and dedicated volunteers from remote Cape Arid National Park, where the only known population of the critically endangered parrot survives, to Perth Zoo where attempts are under way to breed the birds in captivity.

Filmed over three years, Secrets At Sunrise captures the challenges of working with the critically endangered and cryptic bird whose numbers are less than 150 individuals, making it Western Australia’s rarest bird.

Decades of land clearing, coupled with altered fire regimes and predation by feral cats and foxes have decimated numbers, and the species is facing extinction.

Through heartbreak and triumph this rollercoaster journey has audiences on the edge of their seats.

And just when things are starting to look up, disaster strikes as wildfires tear across the landscape, destroying 90 per cent of the parrots’ last remaining habitat.

In the aftermath, can this team of wildlife champions bring one of the world’s rarest birds back from the brink? 

Tickets $14 from or at the door, with $10 from the cost of each ticket going directly into the Western Ground Parrot Recovery Project helping raise the funds urgently needed for additional birds in the captive breeding project.