[PCA] ARTICLE: Using indigenous and local knowledge to explore intentional fire-spreading by “firehawk” raptors in Northern Australia and implications for land management and restoration

Steve Erickson wean at whidbey.net
Mon Feb 12 23:10:39 CST 2018

Does anyone know of any way to access the full article for those 
of us not near a good library and without a large bank account?

On 2/12/18 at 1:17 PM, patricia_deangelis at fws.gov (De Angelis, 
Patricia) wrote:

>Had to share this amazing article that explores and documents traditional
>knowledge around a phenomenon where several species of Northern Australian
>raptors intentionally spread fire who then prey upon the critters fleeing
>the flame. The article describes using ethnological information and
>workshops to better inform and address this fire-foraging behavior in land
>management and restoration.
>Intentional Fire-Spreading by “Firehawk” Raptors in Northern Australia
>Bonta et al. 2017
>Journal of Ethnobiology 37(4):700-718.
>*We document Indigenous Ecological Knowledge and non-Indigenous
>observations of intentional fire-spreading by the fire-foraging raptors
>Black Kite (*Milvus migrans*), Whistling Kite (*Haliastur sphenurus*), and
>Brown Falcon (*Falco berigora*) in tropical Australian savannas. Observers
>report both solo and cooperative attempts, often successful, to spread
>wildfires intentionally via single-occasion or repeated transport of
>burning sticks in talons or beaks. This behavior, often represented in
>sacred ceremonies, is widely known to local people in the Northern
>Territory, where we carried out ethno-ornithological research from 2011 to
>2017; it was also reported to us from Western Australia and Queensland.
>Though Aboriginal rangers and others who deal with bushfires take into
>account the risks posed by raptors that cause controlled burns to jump
>across firebreaks, official skepticism about the reality of avian
>fire-spreading hampers effective planning for landscape management and
>restoration. Via ethno-ornithological workshops and controlled field
>experiments with land managers, our collaborative research aims to situate
>fire-spreading as an important factor in fire management and fire ecology.
>In a broader sense, better understanding of avian fire-spreading, both in
>Australia and, potentially, elsewhere, can contribute to theories about the
>evolution of tropical savannas and the origins of human fire use*.
>Full article: http://www.bioone.org/doi/10.2993/0278-0771-37.4.700
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