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Lions, dogs and shorebirds at Jurien Bay

The Jurien Bay Lions Club recently successfully hosted the second annual Dog’s Breakfast event in Jurien Bay, raising awareness about shorebird conservation and responsible dog ownership.

Funded by the Shire of Dandaragan’s Community Grant Program, with additional support from NACC, the event attracted more than 40 dog owners and 18 dogs, who all enjoyed some perfect weather and a delicious BBQ breakfast – the latter provided by volunteers from the Jurien Bay Lions Club.

Representatives from Birdlife WA, Geraldton Dog Rescue, Dongara Veterinary Clinic and the Shire of Dandaragan all provided information about how dog owners can keep both shorebirds and dogs happy through good training, and responsible behaviour (for both man and beast). Jurien Bay locals were then put to the test, as they put their pets through an obedience course judged by Dongara Vet staff.
NACC Coastal and Marine Project Manager Hamish Longbottom congratulated the Jurien Bay Lions Club, saying they were “fantastic for taking on this event once again”.

“Everyone who attended got a lot out of the event,” he said. “With the biggest take-home message being ‘birds on beaches, dogs on leashes’.
“It’s safe to say those who attended the event will be just as attentive to our feathered friends as their furry ones this summer.”
The was also a Dog’s Breakfast event – supported by NACC – will be at Bob Davis Park, Point Moore, Geraldton, on Sunday 29 October. Representatives from WA Parks and Wildlife, Geraldton Dog Rescue, and Birdlife WA conducted talks about shorebirds and how dog owners can help protect local wildlife.

Are you keen to see a Dog’s Breakfast event at a location near you? Contact the NACC Coastal and Marine team.

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