Spare a thought for the birds

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

I write in re­sponse to ‘‘Thriv­ing again or de­clin­ing species?’’ (Oc­to­ber 29).

It was a well-pre­sented, rea­soned ar­ti­cle, apart from this sen­tence: ‘‘It is cru­cial that the gull is prop­erly iden­ti­fied be­fore tak­ing any po­ten­tially lethal mea­sure.’’

This is a wor­ry­ing state­ment be­cause only landown­ers trou­bled by roost­ing birds may legally de­cide on mea­sures to be taken.

Un­hap­pily, there are al­ways some in the com­mu­nity who will read­ily reach for a gun or cud­gel.

There is much mis­in­for­ma­tion spread about our water­fowl.

Black­backed gulls have been de­picted as ‘‘hordes’’ fly­ing over Porirua, drop­ping bones and con­doms over the CBD.

The Canada geese have been called pests who foul and dam­age the har­bour in­let.

I am won­der­ing which water­fowl will be the next to be vil­i­fied, even though they are not re­spon­si­ble for the pol­lut­ing or­gan­isms in our soils.

I ap­peal to the many fam­i­lies I ob­serve walk­ing the well­main­tained path­ways of the in­let and en­joy­ing its tran­quil­ity on a Sun­day af­ter­noons to reg­is­ter their wish for the pro­posed cull of Canada geese in Jan­uary, when the birds are in moult and un­able to fly, to be aban­doned.

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