PO Box 347 Ingle Farm South Australia 5098 Phone: (08) 8262 5452 Emergency Number: 0411 057 551 Web Site: http://www.projectdolphinsafe.com
Over the past three months Project Dolphin Safe management and volunteers have continued general operations within and around sensitive Port River Estuary areas. Operations have included community clean-up events within Mutton Cove, South Australian Seabird Rescue (SASR) emergency call-outs, South Australian Museum volunteering and Port River Estuary patrols. Origin Energy management and staff have also contributed significantly by way of manpower and hands on volunteers for PDS events. Origin Energy staff assisted in PDS community events for the latter part of 2004 within Mutton Cove and surrounding contaminated environments within the Port River Estuary - Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary region getting much needed restoration. New and exciting hands-on activities coordinator through the South Australian Museum Marine Mammal Recovery Unit have taken PDS volunteers as far south as Kingston Beach. They assisted with the dissection and recovery of a Long Finned Pilot Whale - (Globicephala melas) skeleton and tissue samples for pathology tests that will help determine the cause of death. Bone numbering of dolphins and small cetaceans for record-keeping and/or reassembling individual specimens for display at a later date, requires a keen eye and steady hand. Volunteers are welcome to participate and can learn the anatomy of dolphins, seal lions and even whales. Please contact PDS if you would like to participate.
Top left: PDS volunteers hard at work cleaning up the mutton cove buffer zone. Top right: An aerial view of the Le Fevre peninsula showing Mutton Cove, Snapper Point and Pelican Point areas. Bottom right: Volunteers gather for refreshments at the PDS Mutton Cove clean up day.
HSBC Bank is sponsoring the next PDS community clean-up. Location: Mutton Cove (End of Mersey Rd.) Time: 10.00 AM - 4.00 PM Date: 19th February 2005 Phone (08) 8262 5452 for more information
PDS sincerely wishes to thank the folowing sponsors:
Cormorants saved from diesel spill
Project Dolphin Safe sponsor Arno's Marine Services contacted PDS on October 13 to report the Oil Response Unit was operating very close to the Willochra Street boat ramp. PDS president Aaron Machado in turn contacted The Department for Environment and Heritage (DEH) National Parks and Wildlife (NPW) for additional information concerning the spill and if any assistance was required. NPW had not been notified about the spill and requested PDS attend and relay information back to NPW once on location and assess the situation. Responding within 25 minutes, the PDS patrol vessel was launched from the Willochra St boat ramp and quickly assessed what amount of oil had been dispersed and where it had gone within the river. The oil was found to be coming from the Adelaide Brighton Cement area and had spread as far north as the North Arm area of the Port Adelaide waters system and beyond. PDS subsequently notified the RSPCA and NPW of all details and also alerted Fauna Rescue to be on standby in case a large number of birds had been contaminated with oil and would therefore require assistance. RSPCA were on site within an hour. Their representatives came aboard the PDS vessel to assess the area and ascertain which birds inhabited the contaminated areas. While on patrol, a large flock of Great Cormorants (approximately 300 strong) were chasing bait fish from the North Arm heading south, directly into the oil slick. The PDS vessel interrupted this feeding frenzy and scared them north of the slick out of harms way. The patrol finished at approx 20:45 after the Oil Response Unit had finished mopping up what oil could be removed, leaving the rest to dissipate over night.
Much ado about mutton
Approximately 10 weeks ago a runaway Merino ewe found her way into Mutton Cove and happily started to eat whatever grasses appealed to her. Jon Emmet c/o DEH-CMB was planting trees inside Mutton Cove and was feeling unwell at the time. He turned around to see the animal running through Mutton Cove, but because of his unhealthy condition, thought he must be imagining things. After spending weeks contacting various people to find a suitable sheep dog to assist in working the sheep into a corner to be caught, Project Dolphin Safe president Aaron Machado eventually contacted an active Sheep Dog Association. They in turn referred him to the appropriately-named Mr. Kelvin Barr, a regular sheep dog trial contestant, who often travelled interstate to take on the best in Australia and who had great success with his dogs Luke and Hammer. RSPCA personnel were onsite for the operation, taking the sheep to the Lonsdale Animal Shelter for observation and holding her until a suitable home could be found. Minton Farm Rescue Centre had several volunteers willing to take the animal, so the lucky sheep had found a new home for the rest of her life. The centre informed the RSPCA of the situation. In thanking Kelvin Barr, Aaron provided him with a carton of VB as well as a free doggy wash for Hammer and Luke and $20 for fuel. Aaron also returned the fencing equipment and fencing used in the capture of the animal to the council depot and Truran Earthmoving Pty Ltd, thanking all parties for their participation and understanding. Mutton found in Mutton Cove....
PDS TV advertising campaign kicks off
Project Dolphin Safe has commissioned local video production and computer animation company Spectra Videographics to produce a thirty second television commercial to promote the plight of our Port River Dolphins Generous financial assistance came from round two of the National Heritage Trust Envirofund and PDS sponsor Channel Nine is also donating air time free of charge. The advertisement incorporates 3D computer animation and local cameraman Anthony James filmed in the areas around Le Fevre Peninsula, Bird Island and Torrens Island including aerial footage shot from a helicopter.
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A flock of approximately 300 cormorants, pelicans and seagulls in the diesel affected area.
Official logo for South Australian Seabird Rescue
South Australian Seabird Rescue has a new identity after local artist Michael Dutkiewicz was commissioned to produce a logo design for the association. The design required an idea that would emphasise the ongoing protection of our seabird populations with a Pelican being chosen to represent all our varied seabird species.
deal with on a daily basis, thanks to the many members of the public who call to report injured seabirds to us. If you happen to come across an injured seabird, or, think things just aren't looking right, feel free to contact SASR on 8262 5452 as soon as possible. A rescue officer is never too far away to respond and check things out, even if it's just to make sure the bird is not in trouble. If you ever happen to come across an injured seabird and able to pick it up, please take note of the following important things to do: 1. Be aware that most seabirds have never been handled by humans and are automatically in the defensive mode. Watch your eyes and fingers when handling these animals and keep your arms straight to prevent the birds from inflicting harm to your face, arms etc. 2. Once in care, be as quiet as possible and place the bird in a small box (preferably with a towel or sheet underneath to promote warmth) If you have access to a hot water bottle, place the hot water bottle under the towel so the bird does not get burnt. 3. Call the SASR emergency number: 0411 057 551 to arrange a pick-up location. (If possible, contact SASR as soon as you sight the bird so rescuers can either give advice on capture methods or start going to the site). 4. Remember; most seabirds have never seen the inside of a vehicle, home or workplace and for this reason, stressed animals often die before rescuers can attend.
Untangling a pelican
SA Seabird Rescue received a call in November from seaside resident Mrs. Judy Tode, informing them about a pelican with fishing line attached she had spotted at the Torrens River outlet, West Beach. The bird was seen on the bank of the outlet and Mrs. Tode was able to approach within two metres of it before it flew off to a nearby concrete pillar. The line was quite visible from about 20 metres and appeared to be wrapped around the bird's head and neck regions. Arriving at the Torrens River outlet at approx 10:50 am, the bird had managed to fly away to another location. National Nine News was notified of this while travelling to the site and met SASR at the Torrens River outlet. The search for the injured pelican proceeded to Glenelg's Patawalonga catchment where several birds were checked, all looking to be line free. The next stop was to the West Lakes catchment area and surrounding well known pelican hangouts. Again several pelicans were sighted and checked for any attached line and/or tackle, all looking line free. The West Lakes duck pond was also checked before back-tracking the previous sites to make absolutely certain the bird had not been missed. Arriving back at the West Lakes beach area, a pelican was seen to have line attached to the right wing and possibly to the back of the bird. Extra fish was brought thanks to our Scout volunteers and these were used to lure the bird into the noose where B15 was caught and treated onsite. B15 had suffered from fishing-line constrictions around her right wing. No infection had set in as yet as luckily the line was just starting to penetrate the skin's surface. B15's beak length was 40.5cm and generally in good condition. She was a very strong and healthy bird and after treatment and a quick scan with the metal detector for any more hooks embedded in areas hard to check, was released within approximately eight minutes and away she flew…
Over the past three months SA Seabird Rescue has been inundated with emergency call-outs for many injured seabirds. Pelicans, penguins, cormorants, and Spoonbill Ibis are all on the rescue list of regular customers. Fishing tackle still poses a huge threat to our larger birds such as pelicans and seabirds able to swim underwater for long periods of time like cormorants. Additional sea and shore birds species often found entangled in fishing tackle include Royal Spoon Bill, Australian White Ibis, seagulls and Crested Turns to name but a few. SASR and Project Dolphin Safe volunteers actively work to reduce the enormous amount of discarded fishing tackle left lying on river banks, jetties and wharves, along with regular patrols of local fishing hotspots inaccessible from land by using the PDS patrol vessel. On one Port Adelaide wharf night patrol alone, more than 60 rusted fishing hooks, swivels and sinkers were found, as well as hundreds of metres of line. SASR Rehabilitation Officer Miss. Kerry Braun works around the clock caring for the many injured seabirds we
Fishing line and hooks kill many seabirds each year
Banded stilt gets some TLC
Arriving at the Semaphore Veterinary Surgery at approximately 19:58 to assist identify a bird that was at the time being cared for by Dr. Kerry Bell, who was unable to locate any obvious injuries, Aaron Machado requested an X-Ray be conducted as soon as possible. This was done to further assist identify any internal problems and/or fractures that were unable to be picked up by external examination. Transporting the banded stilt to the Adelaide Zoo next morning, an X-Ray and further treatment was administered at no charge. Dr. Greg Johnston was notified overnight by email and he inspected the bird that morning for treatment approval prior to transporting the animal. Zoo veterinary nurse Dianne Hakof has also offered assistance regarding seabird injuries whenever needed. Currently the bird is resting in darkness and with warmth applied with its left wing strapped to support the weight. The bird is dropping the left wing approximately 1ﬁ inches, yet is still quite active and able to extend the wing without inflicting any pain. Dr. Kerry Bell administered antiinflammatories of .1mg. Further examination of the banded stilt was conducted by Dr. David Schultz at the Adelaide Zoological Gardens. Considering the bird's lightweight frame and very fine bone structure, the diagnosis was extremely difficult to predict. The stilt was put to sleep while a more thorough examination could be carried out without causing unnecessary harm and/or stress and to ultimately make a more accurate diagnostic report. The bird's left side had many signs of being partially paralysed with the left eye looking half closed and left wing hanging down approximately 1ﬁ inches in comparison with the right side. Treatment recommendations were put forward by Dr. Schultz. These included lots of caged care and good food supply to allow the bird to regain as much strength as possible and assist its rehabilitation without causing any further harm to its injured side. According to SASR Rehabilitation Officer Kerry Braun the stilt ate well overnight and is now stable, notwithstanding, the left wing has dropped considerably and will require strapping to promote support and self-healing. After five days of caged care rehabilitation, the banded stilt is showing positive signs of its ability to be successfully rehabilitated so that it can be released back to its natural environment in the near future. Initially, the stilt was showing signs of a slightly paralysed left side with left leg, eye and wing all affected. As shown below, the stilt's left eye is completely open and it is putting more pressure on the left leg. Walking seems much more tolerable and the bird is now eating huge amounts of meal worms, maggots and insect supplements.
The Banded Stilt showing good signs of recovery
PDS and SASR supporter packs
You can help us protect the Port River dolphins, wildlife and environment by becoming a member, volunteering or making a donation. As a member of PDS and SASR you receive a fabulous support pack that includes a T-Shirt, hat, pens, stress ball, stickers and re-usable shopping bag. All supporters are kept informed of the latest news with copies of our quarterly newsletters. Members can also vist our newly improved website. http://www.projectdolphinsafe.com
Thanks to Steven Watt of PICTURE THIS! marketing for providing a number of double passes to sponsors and volunteers to see the movie Deep Blue - a spectacular journey into liquid space...