Ferals and Mallards

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Subject: Ferals and Mallards
From: "Tim Dolby" <>
Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2000 15:40:08 +1000
> I'd prefer to see the birds eradicated, myself
> AS

This is actually a good point Andrew makes, and precisely why 'domestic-field' 
birds should be included  in some form in guides. We need to know our enemies 
movements to determine the population etc. For example are people including 
these birds when atlassing?

Also it is interesting to see how inappropriate birds are used in terms of 
formal symbolism - as with the Mallard. For example the Ballarat council uses 
the Bush Stone-curlew as it council symbol, a bird which has been extinct in 
the area for 50 years - and the Northcote council has uses the Rainbow Lorikeet 
which, although it is very pretty, is not really endemic to the area and fast 
becoming a pest.


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