your story reminds me a bit of a dump on a holiday island, where I worked.
My birdwatching walks with guests went always passed the open dump (all
kinds of waste), and it was a great spot for Bee-eaters, White-breasted
Woodswallows, Flycatchers, Drongos, etc.
One morning we arrived to find about 30 birds dead on the ground, mainly
insect-eating birds, but also some Peaceful + Bar-shouldered Doves.
The person in charge of the dump used fly-poison in the morning, and that
was the cause. He usually did that at night, but that day he changed the
I made a big fuss, complained to management, and he promised not to do it
It happened only once.
I thought I let you know this story.
At 07:38 29/05/99 PDT, you wrote:
>Just a short note to give an update on the situation.
>Jon Gibbons the Chief Environmental Health Officer with the Bowen Shire
>Council advised that the dump had been covered that day following the deaths
>and sickness of the birds being reported, with staff to monitor the
>No count as to how many birds were killed or affected.
>Contact was made with the Townsville Office of the Department of Environment
>and Heritage, who did not seem too interested (Jon Gibbons comment).
>No specimens were taken for testing so as to assist in identifying the
>The concern I would like to express is the lack of a set down procedure on
>the part of the Department of Environment and Heritage.
>It would seem only reasonable that the Dept. would request specimens
>to investigate the matter and try and determine a cause. How many reports do
>they receive of this nature and are they followed through and investigated
>to our satisfaction?
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