Nature Conservation Margaret River is seeking donations to support the work of their Rodenticide Action Group. Their vision is to make Margaret River a safe haven for our owls and other wildlife species that research led by Mike Lohr of Edith Cowan University is showing to be at risk.
Margaret River is a hot-spot for the extraordinary and little-known Masked Owl. Donating to this campaign will help to establish the Margaret River region as a safe haven for owls and other wildlife that are being killed by uncontrolled use of lethal rodenticides.
The majority of rat poisons sold freely at supermarkets, hardware and agricultural outlets contain chemicals that kill far more than their target. Masked Owls, Boobooks, Tawny Frogmouths and Magpies are poisoned by eating their baited prey. Other animals such as Ringtail Possums and household pets eat the bait directly.
All donations to the campaign will go towards:
- an awareness campaign including working with sales outlets to remove harmful poisons and educate residents at point of sale;
- working with vets to educate them on the problem, the types of birds being tested and notification of any brought in suitable for data research;
- further awareness with t-shirt and sticker printing;
- supporting research to test the livers of ‘road kill’ birds to get a better understanding of what’s happening;
- volunteers will also participate in broader campaigns to place the same controls on rodenticide sales as already in place in many other countries;
- and support care and rehabilitation of wildlife where recovery is possible.