Birds on beaches, dogs on leashes

It’s a simple yet effective message for shorebird conservation which will be the focus of the up-coming Jurien Bay Dogs Breakfast hosted by NACC on Saturday 29 October.

Dogs Breakfast events have proven to be a successful method used by natural resource management organisations in educating communities about the impact of dogs on shorebirds across the country.

Birdlife Australia will join NACC in providing information to people about shorebird and seabird sites in the local area and what they can do to minimise their impact.

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The event is supported by the Shire of Dandaragan and a host of organisations and local businesses will be there promoting responsible dog ownership.

NACC Coastal and Marine Project Officer Hamish Longbottom said: “Thousands of shorebirds are currently arriving in our region after migrating thousands of kilometres from the northern hemisphere. They will spend their non-breeding season here to enjoy the warm climate and forage for food.”

In addition to these visitors, our resident shorebirds will also be congregating in vast numbers across our coastline.

“At a time when we all love to get out and about ourselves it is important to remember some simple things to keep these feathered friends happy including keeping your dog on a leash when birds are around, and avoid driving vehicles and camping near flocks of birds”.

The free event will include breakfast for owners and their dogs. In keeping with the theme, this will be a dogs-on-leash event.

The event will run from 9am-12pm at Dobbyn Park, Jurien Bay. For more information contact Hamish Longbottom on 0448 459 127 or hamish.longbottom@nacc.com.au

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