Dead Ducks

Subject: Dead Ducks
From: (Russell Woodford)
Date: Thu, 07 Mar 2002 00:19:20 +1100
Ok - here is the message I started off to send tonight before I got sidetracked 
with Crakes etc.

The Geelong Advertiser today carried a full page "advertising feature" called 
"duckshooting" (p.31).  There is an article called "Saving Wetlands" which 
outlines some of the things  Geelong Field and Game members are doing to 
promote wetlands and wetland species.  I won't send  the entire article, but 
here are some sections.  Some birding-aus readers might like to take up some of 
these comments via a letter to the Editor  
or look for more info on the City of Greater Geelong's Draft Biodiversity 
Management Strategy at

I can't credit the author as no writer was acknowledged.

"Field and Game is a leader in wetland conservation.  Public awareness is 
growing of the group's hands-on and financial contributions to wetland projects 
throughout Australia."

Some details follow of levee and spillway construction, water level control 
mechanisms, carp control, nest box provision, and monitoring of nests by club 
members during ther breeding season.

"Geelong Field and Game is preparing a wetland study of Lake Murtnaghurt, a 
part of Connewarre State Game Reserve, adjacent to the 13th Beach golf course, 
near Barwon Heads.  It is envisaged this will involve the contruction, 
installation and monitoring of next boxes, planting stands of indigenous trees 
or vegetation, and the destruction of feral animals and noxious weeds.  But 
it's not just about game birds.  The organisation has made progress with swamp 
parrots and other birds."

... more about planting for nest hollows

"Education programs are teaching children the value of wetlands, with schools 
using materials prepared by Geelong Field and Game to illustrate and explain 
wetland flora and fauna."


OK - does anyone know what information these school materials contain?  I'm no 
wetland expert, so I don't know what effect levees, spillways and other water 
control mehcanisms have on wetland environments.  Maybe it's all as good and 
rosy as this article suggests?  Others on this list might be aware of good work 
done by Field and Game around the country - I'm not necesssarily knocking them 
- it's just that I'm concerned about what message schools might be getting 
about wetland management from teh pro-hunting lobby.

My next message might raise a few hackles as well.


Russell Woodford
Geelong Vic
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