Re geese, prior to self-government the wildlife research group now called Conservation Research undertook responsibility for feral waterbirds but times have changed. Now, Parks could be unwise to
follow your advice because Lake Burley Griffin is legally a Commonwealth, not ACT, responsibility.
On the other hand the geese are non-native so there is no licence required under conservation law such as the ACT Nature Conservation Act to capture or kill them. It is my belief that if the means
of capturing or killing could be applied without infringing other laws, eg for firearms, anyone could do it legally (unless the geese were the property of another person which apparently they are not). So find some charity to donate them to, get some mates
together, and get your waders on!
Prior to taking any such action, it would be wise to consider whether the source can be stopped. Geese have been appearing on LBG for decades. If they are escapees from a property at Piallago it
could be best to start by lobbying for something to correct that but if they are being deliberately released it may be best simply to respond promptly each time.
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From: Martin Butterfield <>
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Subject: [canberrabirds] Non-Obs and a video
As there seemed to be a few Yellow-faced Honeyeaters flying over home this morning I wondered what the migration situation was on the Hoskinstown Plain. The short answer was "none".
The most interesting bird was a
lark, ascending in full song. Obviously decided the 1 frosty day in March was Winter for this year and is getting ready for Spring. 26C on ANZAC Day is ridiculous - it should be closer to 26F.