Stop taking credit for our work to hide your incompetence! The Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) has accused the Maltese Wild Bird Regulation Unit (WBRU) of falsely taking the credit of CABS efforts to whitewash its total failure to control illegal bird trapping in spring.The eNGO refers to a statement sent yesterday by the WBRU to the members of the European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law (IMPEL), an association of 51 environmental authorities in 36 countries, in which the head of WBRU, Mr. Sergei Golovkin, is reporting about Malta´s alledged “enforcement efforts” to combat illegal finch trapping in spring. In his statement Golovkin writes: “I wish to emphasize that these enforcement operations are being carried out in a constant and routine manner, and contrary to CABS allegations of “tolerance” towards illegalities, enforcement is effective and produces the desired results”. To undermine his remarks the head of the WBRU explains that two trappers have been apprehended and “17 active illegal trapping sites were located and dismantled, 12 live protected birds used as live decoys seized, and various trapping paraphernalia confiscated” as a “result of police patrols and WBRU´s enforcement action taken over the past two weeks”. The statement was published on the IMPEL network´s homepage: https://www.impel-esix.eu/reply-on-message-23-03-2017-about-mist-nets-on-malta/
In a reply from today CABS said that the seizures and apprehensions listed by the WBRU to impress their European collegues are 100% the results of CABS reports to the police. This refers to the number of illegal sites located and dismantled as well as to the seizure of 12 live protected birds. “All examples listed in the WBRU´s statement to demonstrate its “effectiveness” are in fact cases which have been documented and reported by CABS. If you remove the cases reported by our teams from the list the government stands there empty-handed”, CABS Press Officer Axel Hirschfeld said. CABS also stressed that the number of 17 seizures or prosecutions, regardless of who reported them, is a minuscule number compared to cases reported by CABS to the police in the last 3 weeks. “We have mapped a total of 133 illegal active sites on a single morning, 54 of which have already been reported to the authorities with map locations/ photos of the nets installed by the poachers. The other 79 sites are being monitored by CABS teams to produce video evidence for the police to ensure prosecutions”, CABS Wildlife Crime Officer Fiona Burrows said. She added that CABS reports have led to the confiscation of at least 21 live decoys while the WBRU in its statement referred to only 12 birds seized.
By listing these data the WBRU has given proof that it has either no clue what is going on in the countryside or that it is deliberately downsizing the problem. It´s bad enough that the government does nothing against illegal trapping but it just takes the biscuit that they deceive the EU and IMPEL into believing that there is no problem”, Axel Hirschfeld said adding that the only ones benefitting from such actions are the poachers.
Our picture shows a leashed Linnet decoy found on an illegal trapping site on Gozo last week.
Learn more about creating a bird-friendly world at the Wildscaping for Songbirds presentation at the spring open house, For the Birds, on Saturday, March 18th.
Through Wildscaping for Songbirds, the Native Songbird Care &Conservation team will demonstrate the importance of restoring the communities , one garden at a time. From a birds-eye view, learn how to create wildlife-friendly native plant gardens that help combat the loss of open spaces and create green corridors that link your wildscape to larger natural areas by providing habitat for wildlife.
Event details can be found on the News page: http://nativesongbirdcare.org/News.html
Can you help save one of Australia’s rarest birds?
BirdLife Australia’s Operation Green Parrot campaign is looking great, but over $37,000 is still needed to get these beautiful parrots to their new, safe home.
Every donation counts, especially the small ones! If everyone donated the price of a coffee or beer towards the Norfolk Island Green Parrot, they would smash our target. So how about shouting the Green Parrot a drink this weekend and helping in the fight against extinction!
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
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Deforestation, either to meet global demand for timber, or so land can be converted for agricultural use, is one of the biggest threats to bird biodiversity across the world. Over 60% of all bird species worldwide require forest habitats, and BirdLife estimates that figure includes some 76% of globally-threatened bird species.
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In a world were humans have become disconnected from nature and destroy nature and her creatures in various forms, these education programs come as a true blessing and open the doors for a better future for earth and nature and therefore also for humanity as we depend on nature to exist,but Nature doesn’t depend on us…
‘Studies have shown that children learn to love and connect much more easily with nature than adults because they naturally explore and learn through social engagements.
In an effort to get children interested in bird conservation and provide practical and sustainable solutions that will benefit nature and people in the future, BirdLife International experts and other conservation stakeholders in Senegal have given kids the opportunity to develop a lasting interest in bird science.’
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Every week international Bird Rescue https://www.bird-rescue.org/ gets injured or sick birds delivered to them by the concerned public. This week someone went above and beyond to deliver a sick Scoter to their San Francisco Bay Center….Doing that the person lived truly up to the words ‘every life matters’.