Cat Containment on Increase in Cranberra

Good news for birds and other wildlife in Cranberra’s suburbs.Let’s hope tge rest of Australia and other countries will follow 🙂

Cats captured from Canberra’s cat containment suburbs on the increase

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/cats-captured-from-canberras-cat-containment-suburbs-on-the-increase-20170216-guf4om

Science-Mystery of Great Gray Owl

After 100 Years, Scientists Are Finally Starting to Understand the Mysterious Great Gray Owl
The elusive owls live in California’s Sierra Nevada and have fascinated researchers for a century, but studying them has never been easy.

http://www.audubon.org/magazine/fall-2016/after-100-years-scientists-are-finally-starting

Radio Interview with Threatened Species Commissioner of Australia

Radio interview with the Threatened Species Commissioner of Australia,truly a eyeopener.Australia’s current situation should be a warning for every country who has feral cats.

Feralcats cover 99.8% of Australia and have been mauling our marsupials to death. Each feral cat devours at least 1,000 Australian animals per year.  Yesterday I had a yarn with Wendy Harmer from ABC Sydney about the ambitious #ThreatenedSpecies Strategy target I am implementing to cull 2 million #FeralCats by 2020 to save our remarkable Australian animals from #extinction. We are one year into this three year program.  211,000 #FeralCats were culled last year.  And many species trajectories are already turning for the better.  Wendy was appalled to learn of death threats I’ve had from people who love #FeralCats.  While I agree that it is totally not OK to threaten people with violence and death, these threats have personally strengthened my resolve to ramp up our efforts to control #FeralCats.  I’m more committed than ever to supporting Australians who are tackling #FeralCats.  It would be inhumane for us not to act.  Accepting that #FeralCats belong in Australia would be like removing citizenship and choosing #extinction for the bilby, numbat, mala wallaby and another 121 native Australian animals.  Tackling #FeralCats is humane, effective and justifiable.  Thanks Wendy Harmer and our ABC for getting the message out.  Here’s our yarn.  http://www.abc.net.au/radio/sydney/programs/mornings/cat-cull/8285782ABC News 24 ABC News Invasive Species Council PestSmart

Threatened Species commissioner Twitter:

https://mobile.twitter.com/tscommissioner?lang=en

Threatened Species Commissioner Facebook:
https://m.facebook.com/TSCommissioner/?locale2=en_GB
Threatened Species Commissioner Government website:
https://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/commissioner

Importance of Threatened Species Commissioner

​SavingSpecies isn’t easy.  It requires choices like using baiting compounds such as 1080 to eradicate feral predators.  But our animals deserve our support.  And our scientists can show us how to save them safely, effectively and justifiably.  
Today I visited Kapiti Island with DOC Threatened Species Ambassador Nicola Toki.  One of New Zealand’s island arks, Kapiti represents over a decade of hard work by Department of Conservation’s rangers.  The island is now feral predator free.  Baiting with biodegradable 1080 was essential for the eradications.  Now there are no more rats, FeralCats or stoats.  New Zealand’s wildlife is coming back.  The birds and lizards are safe from harm.  Safe from extinction.  The science shows the island has no toxic residues from the biodegradable baiting.  
A bird chorus that almost disappeared from New Zealand has come back.  
Share to show your support for rangers in New Zealand and Australia who are doing their best for our wildlife.  
New Zealand Plant Conservation Network (NZPCN) Forest & Bird Invasive Species Council PestSmart Maggie Barry MP Parks and Recreation Parks Australia Queensland National Parks NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Wellington Zoo New Zealand Ecological Society New Zealand Birds Online BirdLife International BirdLife Australia
Threatened Species commissioner Twitter:
https://mobile.twitter.com/tscommissioner?lang=en
Threatened Species Commissioner Facebook:

https://m.facebook.com/TSCommissioner/?locale2=en_GB

Threatened Species Commissioner Government website:

https://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/commissioner

Stop the Bird Killing in the Mediterranean

Please read as there is more in the link.

If you can afford it and if it feels right for you please donate.If not please share as someone else might like to.
‘Exhausted migratory birds are trapped in glue, in agony from thirst and exhaustion. Squeezed to death, tangled in fine nets, millions are massacred this way every year before they can reach their breeding grounds. In an Egyptian market, ducks and orioles with broken wings are carried on a merchant’s back alive before being killed. Countless raptors and other migratory birds such as Turtle Doves await their fate in cages. Many of you will have seen our graphic video of illegal bird killing practices in the Mediterranean (it reached over 3 million people in three days), or you may have been shocked to learn this at last year’s Birdfair.

 

The 2015 Birdfair coincided with the launch of our first ever assessment of the scope and scale of illegal killing of birds in the Mediterranean region. The report, entitled The Killing, estimated that approximately 25 million birds may be illegally killed in the region every year. Twice a year on migration through the Mediterranean, Sociable Lapwing, Red-footed Falcon, Eastern Imperial Eagle and 22 other globally threatened species are running the gauntlet.

 

What has BirdLife International been doing to restore a safe flyway for these migratory birds? Our objective is to end illegal and indiscriminate killing of birds and ensure legal, responsible and sustainable hunting – in areas where hunting does take place. It is a long road ahead, but progress is being made. We’re making a three-pronged attack in the Eastern Mediterranean: reducing the killing of protected species, improving the protection of key sites for migratory birds, and ensuring adequate law enforcement.

 

We can stop this massacre but we need your help. Please donate now to fund our work. If you only wish to keep up with our updates, you may leave us your e-mail address.”
http://www.birdlife.org/africa/news/stopping-bird-killing-mediterranean

Maltese Bird Killers should look for a new hobby


Please read through all 3 links: 
Maltese bird trappers should look for another hobby: CABS has praised the European Commission for its efforts to take Malta to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over its controversial decision to allow finch trapping. In a press release the NGO accused the Maltese government of painting a false picture by describing the trapping season as “well controlled”. “According to our observations the opposite is the case with massive illegal trapping and a total lack of enforcement in spring, hundreds of trapping stations built in protected areas  and rampant illegal trade and smuggling of many thousand of birds each year. Above all, allowing finch trapping is a clear breach of the European Bird´s Directive and Malta´s accession treaty to the European Union.  Instead of wasting Maltese taxpayers money to defend the indefensible Mr. Galdes should have the guts to honestly tell the trappers that their cause is lost and that they should look for another hobby”, CABS president Heinz Schwarze said.

The ECJ has opened the case against Malta over illegal finch trapping today (15 February 2017) . A decision is expected to be announced later this year. A newspaper report can be found here: http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/74458/cabs_galdes_should_tell_trappers_to_look_for_another_hobby#.WKRK__nhC70

http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2017-02-15/local-news/Finch-trapping-is-indefensible-CABS-6736170416
http://www.timesofmalta.com/mobile/articles/view/20170215/local/malta-faces-scepticism-during-ecj-bird-trapping-hearing-source.639712

Another Victim of Human Unconsciousness

​Wonderful and spot on written text by: 

Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke

https://swvawildlifecenter.org/

https://m.facebook.com/SWVAWILDLIFE/
“I adore my rescued indoor felines. But, please help me write an epitaph suitable for this Eastern Bluebird brought into the center today. He had been out foraging when he sustained serious injuries from a cat. Though he is but a single soul lost in the millions of native species killed by outdoor cats each year, I suspect his  life is a precious to him as ours is to each of us.  A recent study shows 70% of birds and 80% mammals die from cat attacks. Domestic  cats are bred to be our companions. In that sense, they are not ‘natural’ to the ecosystem; at least they weren’t, until we humans introduced them. Their use as rodent control is no longer needed. Many believe a domestic cat may only kill weak animals that were going to die. If that was true, then they just culled a meal from a natural predator causing further problems in the ecosystem. Wildlife such as Bobcats, Cougars and Mountain Lions  kill to sustain life unless provoked to defend their territory. Our wildlife and environment desperately need our help, as do our pets. Household cats allowed outside have more diseases, injuries, and a shorter life span than those kept inside. We cannot save every life but we can certainly start by first keeping household cats inside, away from harm and wildlife. Our daily actions are

mirrored back to us. Wildlife is necessary for our long term existence. Become a steward of wildlife.”
https://swvawildlifecenter.org/
https://m.facebook.com/SWVAWILDLIFE/