birding-aus Magpie Geese in Victoria (Aust.)

Subject: birding-aus Magpie Geese in Victoria (Aust.)
From: "Martin O'Brien"<>
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 1999 09:58:39 +1000

Jack Krohn asks about Magpie Goose introductions in Victoria.

The Atlas of Victorian Wildlife and Wetlands Database provide the following

The first recorded database observation of MG at Tower Hill is 1974 and
1988 at Serendip.  MG have bred at both sites and have been free to come
and go.  Tower Hill is now the most regularly reported site for the Species
in the state.  There have been attempts by the species to breed close to
Melbourne.   In 1993 a pair nested at Ryans Swamp near the Western
Treatment Plant.  However the attempt failed due to an unknown (but
probably a fox) predator.

As far as I am aware the Department of Natural Resources and Environment is
not currently undertaking any breeding of geese in Victoria.  Some fauna
parks, however, have had some success.  Kyabram Fauna Park west of
Shepparton managed to raise some goslings in 1988.  The species was of
course introduced to this site.

Martin O'Brien
Executive Scientific Officer
Scientific Advisory Committee
Threatened Species Program
Department of Natural Resources and Environment
4/250 Victoria Pde.,
East Melbourne,  3002

tel: +61 3 9412 4567
fax: +61 3 9412 4586

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