|How many have you caught?|
The Feral Spotted Turtle-dove trapping workshop today has been a great success with lots of new traps out there ready to catch some ferals. We had a big turnout with around 20 people showing up to learn about the program and find out about trapping feral doves on their property. We had lots of kids this time which gave the workshop a great family atmosphere.
The dove eradication program has been attracting attention interstate this weekend. Barbary Doves have been seen in small numbers around Melbourne and at least one pair have been trapped near the suburb of Brighton. Spotted Turtle-doves continue to infest Melbourne suburbs in huge numbers. Barbary Doves are still regularly seen around the suburbs of Adelaide, and both cities have thriving populations of the highly invasive Indian Myna. I’ve had several emails of support from people interstate who have heard of our community-based program of feral dove control.
This is encouraging news – so congratulations to everyone who came along today – there are folks in far off cities eagerly awaiting news of our progress.
|Smiling faces and busy hands – a great combination!|
It is exciting to have so many new traps out in the community now as the Spotted Turtle-doves have been flourishing in the wetter-than-usual conditions and it is important to get some level of control on their population before they are able to spread farther afield.
Thanks are due to Land for Wildlife coordinator Jesse Carpenter who delivered a presentation outlining the whole program and the problems associated with avian pests. Also a warm thank you to Anthony Molyneux who generously gave up his Saturday morning to give his explanation of how important the feral doves are as a source of natural food for captive animals at the Alice Springs Desert Park.
|Every extra trap makes a difference.|
By the end of the day, everyone who wanted to build a trap for their yard had worked some magic with the chicken wire and designed and built their own. Some industrious folks had even managed to build a few spares, so these will go into circulation as “loaner” traps. If you didn’t manage to get along to the workshop just drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and with these new spare traps in the program we should be able to drop round a trap for you to use in just a couple of weeks.
Thank you to everyone who came along and made the morning such a great success and thanks to the good people at Bloomin’ Deserts Nursery who so kindly provided us with the space to run the workshop.
Lastly, please remember to keep conducting feral dove surveys around your home and around your suburb. A crucial part of this program is monitoring the feral dove population so that we can gauge the success of what we are doing. You can email details of your dove observations to email@example.com or click on the Land for Wildlife sign above to visit the website and download a feral dove survey form.
Noogoora Burra has been discovered in Trephina Gorge to the east of Alice Springs.
|Noogoora Burr, Xanthium occidentale. Distinctive size and shape of leaves. Trephina Gorge. All images by Jane Addison.|
|Spreads quickly along river systems.|
This is an invasive weed from the Americas and spreads along river systems. It is mildly toxic when it is younger and may cause contact dermatitis in humans and livestock. This weed is already well established through river systems in WA and the Top End.
Just another reason to be vigilant that no river sand is brought onto your property and if you have riverine habitat on your property this is another one to be on the lookout for.
For more information visit: http://www.weeds.org.au/cgi-bin/weedident.cgi?tpl=plant.tpl&ibra=all&card=H24
We have had word from some property owners that these invasive weeds are turning up unexpectedly. Often the culprit is river sand. You’ll need to be careful if you’re doing construction work around your home, or if you employ someone else to do it, that river sand is not used as a convenient building product for concreting etc. This is the most common way of spreading weeds like the Mexican Poppy.
|Mexican Poppy. Remove as soon as you see these seedlings as this is a fast-growing and fast-spreading weed.|
This is a note to remind you that you need to be extra vigilant that you don’t bring river sand onto Land for Wildlife properties. Often river sand seems like a convenient option for construction projects – mainly for concreting – but it is a common way to inadvertently transport invasive weeds onto your property.
We’ll keep reminding you about this as it has already been a problem for a few properties this year.
|This butterfly is actually different to the others featured in this story. While the Caper White is known to use the Bush Passionfruit, this is an interloper to proceedings known as the Lesser Wanderer, Danaus chrysippus.|
A blog is born! This web page will be yet another way that you can stay in touch with all the projects that the Land for Wildlife team is involved in.
As the site grows you’ll have fact sheets, feral control information, workshop news, Land for Wildlife news updated regularly and links to all the most useful and interesting websites in the universe.
If you have problems, wildlife or plant ID queries or other questions about your property we cna get our experts to answer them here so that all our members can benefit.