The international decline in populations of many bird species has caused concern and concern over the past half century. Habitat loss is certainly a serious and universal cause of population loss. This is far from the only danger faced by species that have an annual migration as part of their life cycle. Besides the natural vagaries of the weather and the threat of avian predators, they must run the gauntlet of humans who for hundreds of years have used the collective abundance, or perceived abundance, of migrating flocks, to trap and kill the birds along their way. migration routes for various purposes.
At the next Environmental Forum on Friday August 12, Angus Innes, a longtime environmental lawyer and birdwatcher who has pursued interests in Queensland, the UK and Europe, will describe this horrific flyway carnage. . For his work (managing a team of environmental crime prosecutors) for the English and Welsh Environment Agency, Angus was awarded the MBE in 2011 for his services “to the prevention of environmental crime”. From 2015 to 2020 he was a member of the “Wildlife Crime Working Group” of the European Network of Environmental Prosecutors (ENPE) whose main priority was the illegal killing, trapping and trade of migratory birds (IKB) in Mediterranean. Region, the heart of the African-Eurasian Airway. He represented this working group at international conferences on this subject in Egypt, Malta and Crete.
“Strong conservation charities have drawn attention to the horror of killing and trapping activities in the Mediterranean region. The work of Birdlife International has brought scientific validation to the scale of the problem. Preventive actions by some national governments have followed. It is a guide to action on our own flyway – the East Asian-Australasian flyway,” says Angus.
Everyone is welcome at the NPA Environment Centre, 5 Wallace Drive, Noosaville on August 12 to understand the problem of flyway bird slaughter and how we can help prevent this senseless killing. The forum starts at 10:30 a.m. and morning tea is available from 10:00 a.m. to 10:25 a.m. Admission is $5 per ‘tap & go’ at the door, which includes morning tea/coffee. Organizers are calling for masks to be worn to protect vulnerable people in the audience.
Join the bird watchers at 8:30 am in the parking lot for an interpretive birdwatching.
More information is available at www.noosaparks.org.au/friday-environment-forum/