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Swift Parrot Update/Tick Allergy
ABC  |  November 8, 2016

Swift Parrot Update
Last year we brought you a story about the swift parrot - one of Australia's most charismatic birds, but also one of its most endangered. Logging and land-clearing have decimated their habitat but conservation biologist Dejan Stojanovic also made the startling discovery of why the parrot numbers were plummeting so rapidly - the deceptively sweet sugar glider was eating them. Mark Horstman returns to Bruny Island in Tasmania to witness their remarkable recovery.

Tick Allergy
With summer on our doorstep, and the odd barbecue or bush walk planned, we thought it timely to revisit this story: mammalian meat allergy is on the rise in Australia and the surprising cause is a tick bite. Dr Jonica Newby meets Dr Sheryl van Nunen, the clinician who discovered the link, and this story is a must-see if you want the latest tips on how best to remove a tick.

Swift Parrot Update
Last year we brought you a story about the swift parrot - one of Australia's most charismatic birds, but also one of its most endangered. Logging and land-clearing have decimated their habitat but conservation biologist Dejan Stojanovic also made the startling discovery of why the parrot numbers were plummeting so rapidly - the deceptively sweet sugar glider was eating them. Mark Horstman returns to Bruny Island in Tasmania to witness their remarkable recovery.

Tick Allergy
With summer on our doorstep, and the odd barbecue or bush walk planned, we thought it timely to revisit this story: mammalian meat allergy is on the rise in Australia and the surprising cause is a tick bite. Dr Jonica Newby meets Dr Sheryl van Nunen, the clinician who discovered the link, and this story is a must-see if you want the latest tips on how best to remove a tick.

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