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Kingfishers rescued in unprecedented numbers

Friday, February 17, 2017


Over the last 6 weeks WIRES has received calls to help an unprecedented number of Kingfishers across the Sydney area. read more

Heat Stressed Wildlife

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Specific signs of heat stress to watch for are: Any bird that is panting indicates that they are really hot. A healthy bird will try and get out of the sun and into a cooler place. If you see a bird sitting outside in the full sun panting there’s something wrong.

Put water in a shady place so it stays as cool as possible. Change the water daily or even more frequently if possible. Put water in places at different heights away from pets or predators for different species of birds.

Flying-foxes & bats also pant and lick their wrists and flap to try and stay cool. They will also hug the trees because they are cooler than the air & move down lower to the ground where it’s cooler. They dive for water, dams and other water sources so leaving water out does not help them. If you see a flying-fox needing help DO NOT TOUCH, call WIRES 1300 094 737read more

Storms impact wildlife

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Strong winds and heavy rain can put wildlife under stress.

How you can help:

After the storm has passed and it is safe to do so please check under trees for fallen chicks, nests or injured birds. There have also been many flying-foxes entangled in backyard fruit tree netting, made worse this year by the severe natural food shortages up and down the east coast of Australia. If you see an injured young or adult flying-fox please do not touch, call WIRES immediately for assistance 1300 094 737.
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