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Subject: Insecticides
From: Michael Hunter <>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2020 04:07:54 +1000
     After an ornithologically sterile month traversing California, a creeping 
realisation that Mulgoa Valley, once seething with small birds now has far 
fewer, ditto Avoca on the NSW Central Coast, the penny dropped.
      INSECTICIDES. are wiping out the base of the food chain in built up and 
semi rural areas. 

       Not just for small birds, but all the way up to raptors like Black 
shouldered Kites and falcons which include insects directly, and indirectly via 
small reptiles which are largely insectivorous.  Honeyeaters eat insects in 
flowers as well as their nectar.
       A very obvious example has been the demise of House Sparrows worldwide, 
although granivorous their young need animal protein, in the form of insects, 
to develop. Those insects have largely gone due to insecticides, House Sparrow 
sightings are now rare. My last single sighting was in  Bunnings Gosford 
Nursery.  ? Significance ?
        Most Reptiles, most small Mammals, most Amphibians and most Fish need 

          How many Councils spray entire suburbs  for Flies and Mosquitos, 
unwittingly killing thousands of birds and reptiles.

         A giant problem. Any suggestions re a longterm solution.?

"Bring Back the Birds. Ban inorganic and long lasting Insecticides "

Hoping that this starts a longterm campaigns

Much more to come.


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