Tid. Magpie Geese?

Subject: Tid. Magpie Geese?
From: Peter Milburn <>
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2005 17:10:44 +1000
Perhaps I have not been paying full attention so I apologise for that. Am I correct in the statement that Magpie Geese have been absent from Tidbinbilla for a spell after the fires but have now reappeared without human intervention? If so it is tempting to assume that they are the same birds returning home. However, Magpie Goose numbers are increasing in the southern part of their range with some human intervention. I have seen them as close to the ACT as Rowse's Lagoon and once south of Gunning. It seems inevitable that they will appear in the ACT if this trend continues. Canberra is now much more attractive to waterbirds with its ever increasing networks of ponds and lakes.

On that last topic I would dearly love to see some managed wader habitat in the ACT. It takes a drought to create suitable conditions at Kelly's Swamp and irrigation to create the puddle on the other side of the road. Migratory shorebirds obviously fly over but are not tempted to stop.
Dr P.J. Milburn
Technical Specialist
ANU Biomolecular Resource Facility
John Curtin School of Medical Research
Australian National University
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