Bird Islands in Dams

To: "Judith Hoyle" <>, "Andrew Hobbs" <>, <>, "BirdingAus" <>
Subject: Bird Islands in Dams
From: "Peter Shute" <>
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2007 09:50:54 +1100
Where exactly on the site is the photo of the pontoon?  I'm wondering if
pontoons could be better than islands, as they could be constructed to
make it difficult for a fox to climb up onto them.  Although I guess
that could make it hard for young birds too.

Peter Shute

 wrote on Thursday, 13 December 2007
6:10 PM:

> Hi Everyone,
> In response to the debate bird islands in dams, I have cut
> and pasted the article below off the net from Alaska.  Jean
> Tam's work with Loons in Connors Lake in Anchorage shows how
> successful a very simple approach can be in providing refuge
> for nesting birds.  I have visited this lake with Jean and
> Scott and as you can see from the photos the pontoon is not
> far from shore.  I'm not sure what the fox population is in
> Anchorage, but red foxes do inhabit the state and naturally
> cats are common pets.  As you will read though, raptors were
> the big issue for the loons, which they fixed with a screen.

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