Posts Tagged ‘Environment’

Please Don’t Feed the Ducks!

Posted: October 1, 2012 by Rochelle Moss in Education, Environment, Melbourne, Social Issues
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Image by Rochelle Moss

Native and wild ducks of the Knox area, South East Melbourne, are invading local properties and crossing roads,putting themselves and people at risk. The ducks are crossing the roads looking for food and places to nest.

The main areas that are affected by ducks are the adjacent roads to the Tim Neville Arboretum; Dorset Road, a main thoroughfare, and Francis Crescent, a bus route, and nearby houses.

Image by Rochelle Moss.

So far no one has reported a vehicle accident due to ducks crossing the roads. However some occurrences of ducks flying into cars have been reported. This has caused great concern for local residents who do not want the ducks hurt.

The local council put up duck crossing signs only when baby ducklings are hatching, because they believe that the effectiveness of the signs would be reduced if the signs were constantly present.

The Arboretum is home to the Black duck, Wood duck and Mallards. Mallard ducks are the result of native ducks and wild ducks breeding. Wild ducks are domestic ducks that are dumped by their owners. At present a dumped domestic duck is the local celebrity at the Arboretum, with people going to the arboretum just to see it. The removal of the dumped duck is needed, due to the chance of injury and death of the native ducks, if breeding occurs.

Video by Rochelle Moss.

Jean Bourchier a local resident near the Arboretum, says that she has had no problem with the ducks. However local resident Sharon Reid believes that the ducks in the Boronia area are becoming too comfortable in residential areas and is concerned with the welfare of the ducks.

By Rochelle Moss.

It is important for ducks not to be artificially fed, due to the impact that it has on the animals and environment. Artificial feeding of the ducks encourages ducks to trust humans and wander from their natural habitat, onto roads and into residential yards.

If the weather is warm bacteria such as clostridium botulinim can grow. If eaten, the toxin in the bacteria causes paralysis in the wings, feet and neck muscles of the bird, leading the duck to drown. The Croydon Conservation Society mentions that most waterfowl deaths in the last 10 years were linked to artificial feeding.

According to the local council the duck population has not increased, and is currently average. The last count of the population at the Arboretum was as many as 300, during the drought. It has since dropped with more water areas opening up along the Dandenong Creek for them to migrate to.

Illustration by Rochelle Moss adapted from Melbourne Water

According to the Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria is 14 per cent wilderness, park and reserve areas. Humans around the world should appreciate their local native animals and support the environment, so animals can live peacefully, without the threat of injury or death by vehicles.

Author Rochelle Moss.

Littering at Deakin

Posted: November 14, 2011 by mindy11 in Deakin University
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Littering at Deakin University continues to be an issue despite new bins being placed around the campus.