Dogs make breakfast a treat

A flurry of furry friends found themselves on the Jurien Bay Foreshore last Saturday for the inaugural Jurien Bay Dog’s Breakfast.

Smells of sizzling bacon on the “barby” drew a crowd of about 60 locals and visitors, and 22 dogs, to the beach to learn about the conservation of shorebirds on the coasts of the Northern Agricultural Region.

The event was hosted by the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) and supported by the Shire of Dandaragan.

The event participants were presented with a variety of information and products from stallholders – including Birdlife Western Australia, Geraldton Dog Rescue, Dongara Veterinary Hospital, Geraldton and Districts Kennel Club, and Jurien Pet Meat Supplies.

NACC Coastal and Marine Project Officer Hamish Longbottom said: “It was a great turn-out and all dogs were extremely well behaved.”

“NACC and Birdlife Western Australia are planning some more, similar community engagement workshops in 2017 to further advance the protection of shorebirds in the region.

“Shorebirds are amazing animals, and form an important part of the coastal and marine environment. Being smart about our recreational use of the coast means their populations will be sustainable into the future.”

Hamish said the Jurien Bay Lions Club did a fantastic job cooking for the crowds, with food supplied by Bayside Butcher.

Informative talks followed, with Ranger Rosalyn “Roz” Edwards from the Shire of Dandaragan speaking to dog owners about Shire services. Milly Formby, the Shorebirds 2020 WA Coordinator at Birdlife Western Australia, highlighted the sensitive nature of shorebird populations, and the impact that dogs, four-wheel drives, and other activities can have on their survival.

This event was wrapped-up by representatives from the Geraldton and Districts Kennel Club who provided dog obedience demonstrations, which impressed event goers and emphasised that some basic dog training can go a long way towards helping protect our environment.

The popularity of the event will likely result in another Dogs Breakfast being conducted in 2017.

For more information or to give feedback on this event, please contact Hamish Longbottom on 9652 0872 or hamish.longbottom@nacc.com.au

This event was supported by the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

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