Wildlife removed from park following botulism outbreak

Wildlife at Frederick Baldwin Park.
Wildlife at Frederick Baldwin Park.

FOLLOWING an outbreak of botulism at Frederick Baldwin Park in Kardinya earlier this year, the City of Melville has partnered up with wildlife organisations to deal with the issue.

The City, Native Arc and Western Australian Seabird Rescue (WASR) have played a role in addressing water quality at the park by removing pollutants through the installation of plants such as sedges and rushes.

Some of the ducks and geese were eating the plants and so the birds were captured and re-homed by Native Arc on July 2.

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Native Arc committee member Dean Huxley said domestic poultry posed a serious risk for native waterfowl.

“Not only do they compete for food and nesting sites thus reducing native waterfowl populations, they can also spread disease and parasites,” he said.

“It is morally and ethically wrong to release a captive born animal into the wild and Native ARC would like to encourage all pet owners to re-home their pets responsibly if they are unable to keep them.”

WASR president Halina Burmej said most domestic geese and domestic ducks could not fly well or at all.

“If the natural food or water dries up domestic birds are trapped, unlike the native birds who can move on and seek better habitat,” he said.

“So it can be an animal welfare issue for the dumped domestic birds.”

A National Tree Day event will be held at the park on Sunday, July 28 from 10am followed by a free sausage sizzle for planters at 12pm.

The BBQ food will be provided by Booragoon Lions Club and the event supported by Native Arc and WASR.

To register go to https://treeday.planetark.org/find-a-site/volunteer/10021147.