bird poisonings

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Subject: bird poisonings
From: "Annabel Ashworth/Hoskins" <>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2003 16:48:38 +1100
Like Andy Burton, I too am very concerned about the use of poisons.   A
neighbour of ours has just done some extensive baiting with 1080 for foxes.
I saw a sick magpie during that time and wondered if it was related to the
poisoning, although the baits are supposed to be carefully buried so that
non-target species are not endangered.   However foxes and birds do pick up
the baits at times and drop them elsewhere, and I imagine the carcase of
poisoned animals would be poisonous too.

What concerns me more though, is the extensive use of insecticides and
herbicides.   Even if the birds miss out on being directly poisoned, the
chemicals still are wiping out either their environment or their food

Has anyone ever done a study of how bush birds are affected by the way many
coastal councils now spray regularly to keep down mosquitoes?
Cheers Annabel

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