Hi Mick and All,
The owls are already smashing the White Tern chicks on the island. If both
they and the rats were removed permanently the avian face of the island would
probably change for the better.
(Apologies to any supporters of the owls being there)
> Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2009 13:21:51 +1000
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Lord Howe Island Rodent Control Draws Flack
> Hello all,
> I'm no expert on this but I have heard bits and pieces. I heard that the
> re-introductions were going to be things like Grey Fantails from Norfolk
> Island. ie. the next best thing to having the originals which are mostly
> of course extinct.
> As for the Tasmanian Masked Owls eating the baits via dying rats....
> well they are planning on removing the owls as well. I gather the
> concern is that the rat-deprived owls will turn to seabirds, woodhens etc.
> Michael Todd
> PhD Candidate- Tasmanian Masked Owl
> School of Zoology, University of Tasmania, Private Bag 05, Hobart, Tasmania
> Mobile: O458 394676
> FAX: (03) 6226 2745
> Wildlifing (www.wildlifing.smugmug.com)
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