Re: Walking the dog is bad for birdlife

To: birdingaus <>
Subject: Re: Walking the dog is bad for birdlife
From: "Chris Sanderson" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2007 11:23:57 +1000
Hi all,

I think those defending dog walking are missing the point of the original
research.  The claim wasn't that any individual outing caused harm
specifically.  The research was showing that, over the course of time, birds
were less likely to use an area that dogs had been walked through.  Kurtis
commented about native marsupials aborting their babies when they smelt dog
urine.  Why would birds be any less sensitive about their breeding site
choice?  After all they are more tied to a place where their nest is than
say a kangaroo with young in pouch would be.

So no one is saying that any particular dog walker's irresponsibility is at
fault, just that birds are highly sensitive to the presence of dogs, and
their passage through an area can have long lasting effects on the bird

If you disagree with that, go do a proper scientific study complete with
analysis, or at least go through the statistical proof used by the article
and criticise their argument on that basis.  To use emotive or anecdotal
arguments to try and refute what is a pretty solid scientific study makes no


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