Canada Geese.

Subject: Canada Geese.
From: Mike Jarman <>
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 15:01:39 +1100
Hi All

The Canada Geese are still hanging around and were spotted yesterday in the 
Milton area.  They are not visiting the wetland at the end of Wilfords lane as 
often as they did.  

The NSW NPWS is well aware of the birds and it is true that they don't 
technically fit within the NPWS act, unless of course they enter a National 
Park.  The Deptartment of Primary Industries has shown an interest in the birds 
and is keen to not see them become a pest species in Australia.  The NPWS and 
DPI are currently considering methods of removal from the wild. As outlined on 
birding-aus there are a number of issues to be considered.  

The population in NZ has decended from less than 50 birds introduced in 1905.  
Apparently they were a gift from Theodore Roosevelt, providing the kiwis 
(people, not the birds) with something to shoot.  The population now is 
suspected at about 40 000 geese and increasing rapidly.  

more information on Canada Geese in NZ is available at these websites where you 
can download the PDFs for free

In the meantime the birds will be monitored and thier movements recorded.  
Unless they fly back to NZ, Canada or Bondi they should be able to be seen in 
the Milton area for the next few weeks, at least until a plan is implemented 



---- Andrew Taylor <> wrote: 
> On Wed, Jan 16, 2008 at 09:27:08AM +1100, Greg & Val Clancy wrote:
> > the Canada Geese are most likely not covered by the NSW National Parks & 
> > Wildlife Act and therefore are not the responsibility of DECC ...
> > The Common Myna is not covered by the NPW Act either ...
> The act is less than clear, it says:
>   "bird" means any bird that is native to, or is of a species that
>   periodically or occasionally migrates to, Australia, and includes
>   the eggs and the young thereof and the skin, feathers or any
>   other part thereof.
> So a Common Myna  isn't a "bird" under the meaning of the act but
> a Canada Goose probably is.
> More important is whether a species is "fauna" under the act and the
> definition is:
>   "fauna" means any mammal, bird, reptile or amphibian.
> I guess "bird" here implies the previous definition, so Mynas aren't
> fauna under the act but Canada Geese probably are.
> Incidentally the act's definition of "reptile" includes introduced
> species so Red-eared Sliders - which there are serious concerns about
> as an invasive pest - are "fauna" under the act and hence protected,
> assuming there isn't subsequent legislation. There is a schedule of
> unprotected fauna presumably included for species like this but it has
> only a few mammals on it and  doesn't seem to be updated.
> I assume DECC has suitable powers to cull the Durras geese - and I think
> should do this.
> You can do your own amateur legal interpretation at:
> Andrew
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