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Volunteer to help wildlife PDF Print E-mail

WIRES needs caring people to help native wildlife. Courses are coming up in  Albury, Kings Langley in Sydney's North West, Albion Park Rail, Lismore and Goulburn.

Most of our training courses are run in the autumn and winter months.

Training courses run for two days and you must attend both days of the course. It is always best to attend a course in your local area if possible.

You can register now to receive email updates on upcoming training courses

Tawny Frogmouths better by the dozen PDF Print E-mail

Tawny Frogmouth image copyright Alicia Carter

Every year many WIRES volunteers find themselves inundated with chicks. Among others, we see many tawny frogmouth chicks. They come into care for a variety of reasons, sometimes a run of wild weather will contribute, other times there is no single recognisable cause for the influx.

In the first instance we try to place them back with their parents however when there are already other chicks in the nest it is often a case of - they all rolled over and one fell out - and it is very hard to place the one that has fallen from a nest back where it belongs when it is high up in a eucalyptus tree. 

When it is very busy it is often necessary for volunteers with large aviaries to specialise so we can keep the same species together.  Someone will take in the magpie chicks and others the tawnies.

The ones in this picture mostly came in as tiny white fluff balls. Once they are able t feed themselves we take notice of who is sitting with each other and start to send them to other carers who have appropriate release sites in pairs or trios so that we do not over burden one area. 

On occasion an adult tawny comes into care during this time and we have observed them feeding the little ones.  All of the tawny frogmouth chicks pictured here were successfully raised, rehabilitated and released to the credit of our very hard working WIRES volunteers.

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Right now WIRES has hundreds of animals in care and we receive hundreds of new calls for help every day.

Wilma in care

Coming into autumn we have many animals still in care that were rescued when they were very young.  These infants and juveniles normally come to us as orphans after losing their mothers and they often need long term care. 

Being left alone at such a young age with no-one to care for them is a death sentence.  Without necessary human intervention in the form of WIRES rescuers and carers they would not survive.

If you are able to assist at this time, please donate today.

Flying-foxes and fruit tree netting PDF Print E-mail

At this time of year WIRES is called to help scores of flying foxes entangled in fruit netting.

The cause is the use of poorly erected and inappropriate netting - the cheap, black, monofilament netting available widely from hardware stores. See our factsheet on how to erect netting that is safer for wildlife. 

Flying foxes, bird and reptiles cannot see this fine netting. If they get caught they panic and become more and more entangled. But there is no reason people can't have fruit trees and protect our unique flying foxes and other wildlife. There are wildlife friendly ways to protect your garden fruit.

Netting needs to be checked daily for trapped wildlife but if you find an entangled flying fox do not try to remove it yourself. Call WIRES on 1 300 094 737 or your local wildlife rescue group.

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