Re. Ibis

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Subject: Re. Ibis
From: Duncan Fraser <>
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 12:25:50 +1100
Yes, ibis can be a problem in parks etc, but a few words of praise for them in the country. In the Macalister Irrigation District here in Gippsland, ibis, both white and straw-necked are in their thousands, and are the farmer's friends, consuming huge quantities of cockchafer grubs in irrigated pastures, thereby eliminating the need for chemical control. Straw-necked Ibis also do a good job in dry country, feeding on grasshoppers/locusts. Both species breed in large colonies at Dowd's Morass, but things are not looking good for them there as the paperbarks where they nest are dying out due to the increased salinity of the Gippsland Lakes and associated wetlands. I'd hate to see them leave the paddocks and be replaced by spray booms pumping out chemicals. DF.

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