White Ibis studies in Sydney Region

To: peter crow <>
Subject: White Ibis studies in Sydney Region
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2008 17:18:15 +1100
People are the cause of the problem I agree, and some measures have been 
undertaken in the
Gold Coast City refuse tips to limit the amount of food avaibale and to trial 
techniques to
discourage the ibis from landing at the tips to feed. But the program of nest 
and egg removal has
ind is still very successful in contolling and reduncing the number of ibis on 
the Gold Coast. The
Ibis were roosting in such large numbers that they are/were destroying the 
vegetation associated
with their roosts. No hatched chicks or adults are directly harmed in the 
program, and in
combination with measures undertaken at refuse tips it could be considered to 
very successful in
reducing numbers of Ibis. Food is so readily avaibale that they are breeding 
twice in one season on
te Gold Coast Region, and this program was conisdered an alterative to actually 
undertaking a cull
as is approved by the EPA etc.

It should be noted i have not been invloved in this program for anumber of 
years and only
rpoviding information from when i was involved for 2 years undertaking ibis 
surveys ats refuse tips
on behalf of the GCCC for the consultancy running the program.

Regards, Simon Muirhead

Quoting peter crow <>:

> Ibis are a pest because people fed them.
> People are the cause of the problem. Usually stupid people.
> The solution of destroying eggs is not a solution at all. It is not
> treating the cause but simply attempting to lessen the result of the
> problem.
> The problem is People feeding the birds.
> If there is no food for the Ibis to scavange from people the ibis
> will be no problem.
> Some, in fact much of the feeding is intentional. Watch the picnicers
> throwing food to the birds.
> So is unintentional but equally stupid where people leave food at
> overflowing bins or even on the ground beside bins.
> The killing of native species without a permit is illegal.
> Destroying eggs and nests is also illegal.
> on the Gold Coast the council were for years the cause and main
> feeder of ibis.
> They or their contractors spread refuse including lots of food waste
> over large areas of dumps daily and left large areas uncovered where
> thoousands of birds could feed.
> I understand this has been changed to some degree.
> Its time members of this list stood up for all native brds and spoke
> out strongly against those interested in "controlling species by any
> form of culling.
> Peter


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