The Northern Territory Environment Centre has previously raised concerns about the potential impact of the nearby Mount Todd gold mine on the finch population. It has been said, that no negative impact has been notices on the finches as yet.
A Department of Land Resource Management spokesman says while the number of Gouldian Finches recorded was lower than previous years, the population still appears to be stable. I do not understand that later statement, do you?
I am relieved to hear that the finches are still surviving. I'm assuming colonies are being bred with a view to repopulating the bush and ensuring their survival, they are too beautiful to lose from the wild. I personally don't like seeing caged birds but it is essential to ensure we never lose them and and captive breading, to back up ranger supervised land management and supervision that mining operations don't pollute or destroy environment, might be the only way to ensure survival.