Seasonal Animal Advice

Read about some of the seasonal behaviour of native animals

Swooping Magpies

Swooping Magpies

Australian Magpie  Photo Credit: Sharon McGrigor Magpie Behaviour Australian Magpies breed as a pair, maintaining their territory throughout the year, and are supported by a family group consisting of juveniles from previous years. Adults can form long-lasting pair bonds and can maintain the same territory for many years. They actively... read more

Snake Advice

WIRES receives hundreds of calls from people concerned because they see a snake on their property. As the weather warms up there may be more frequent sightings of reptiles. WIRES is a volunteer organisation with trained reptile handlers. These dedicated people are volunteers who in most cases are employed in... read more

Heat Stressed Wildlife

When we experience extremely high temperatures for several days it may be weather that our wildlife is not used to. This means they may not be able to cope with the conditions. As a result it is possible that animals will be seen suffering dehydration and exhaustion. Please also remember... read more

Sydney Weather brings animals into care

Strong winds and heavy rain can put wildlife under extreme 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,... read more

Wildlife help during times of high winds and wild weather

The wild weather and winds across NSW today can bring down trees and nests and separate young and vulnerable chicks and joeys from their parents. Please keep an eye out for animals exposed to the elements. If the animal is nocturnal, but seen out in the daytime, there is a problem.  The... read more

Helping wildlife during heatwaves and bushfires

While most native animals are well adapted to changes in climatic conditions they can still suffer during heatwaves. Animals can cope with extremes in temperatures they are used to, but if these extremes are unusual for a particular area the animals there will struggle. If you can, please put fresh,... read more

Snakes are shy and reclusive

Snakes are shy and reclusive

WIRES receives hundreds of calls from people concerned because they see a snake on their property. As the weather warms up there may be more frequent sightings of reptiles. WIRES is a volunteer organisation with trained reptile handlers. These dedicated people are volunteers who in most cases are employed in... read more

Winter and extreme weather advice to help wildlife

Winter and extreme weather advice to help wildlife

While most native animals are well adapted to changes in climatic conditions they can still suffer hypothermia. Animals can cope with extremes in temperatures they are used to, but if these extremes are unusual for a particular area the animals there will struggle. If they have a health issue, or... read more

Helping wildlife after severe storm event

Strong winds and heavy rain can put wildlife under extreme 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. Some birds will be waterlogged and on the ground unable to fly.... read more

Strong winds impacting wildlife

The wild weather and winds across NSW today could not have come at a worse time for wildlife. The high winds can bring down trees and nests and separate young and vulnerable chicks and joeys from their parents. They can also bring exhausted seabirds to our beaches and coastlines. Parent... read more

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