Volunteers needed to look after feathered friends – Bundaberg Now

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An owlet nightjar was recently taken in by the Bundy Wildlife Rescue team.

Birds of prey, colored lorikeets and kingfishers are just a few of the bird species that members of Bundy Wildlife Rescue Inc have been tending to recently and the organization is calling on the community to get involved.

President Linda Karlsen said bird lovers are being invited to take part in a volunteer course to help meet the demand for bird rescue and care in the area.

“Birds are our most common rescue and make up over 80% of all calls we receive,” she said.

“I do birds of prey and recently had a young Brown Goshawk and a young Nankeen Kestrel.

“I had both until they gained weight and then they were released.

“Other birds include fig trees, koels, magpies, kingfishers, masked lapwings, kookaburras, owl nightjars, pheasant coucals, lorikeets, crested pigeons, noddies and the list goes on.”

Linda said the spring and summer months were prime times for bird rescue and care, with the team fielding many calls about babies falling from the nest.

“We also get a lot of calls for baby birds that people are picking up,” Linda said.

“Baby birds are often slow to ‘find their wings’ so to speak, and well-meaning people take them because they think they’re in trouble.

“We also have birds attacked by cats and dogs, birds flying into things, and birds hit by cars.”

Linda said Bundy Wildlife Rescue Inc will be offering a training course next month for those interested in becoming volunteer bird caretakers.

“We cover all the basics of rescue including the law, how to safely capture different species, what to feed them, housing etc, everything you need to know to get started,” she said.

“We provide most of the food for our carers to alleviate some of the care costs.

“We also try to help with caging if we have any available.”

Linda said becoming a wildlife carer was an amazing role, especially when it came to caring for such unique and diverse animals.

“Birds fill all the niches of nature – they are insect eaters, meat eaters, snail eaters, seed eaters, honey eaters and fish eaters, to name a few. just a few,” she said.

“They are also found in all environments, from desert to lush forest and from beaches to mangroves.

“Some rush on the forest floor and some go high on thermals.

“I find it fascinating how a basic body plan (beak, body, feet and wings) can have so many variations.”

Linda said the training course will be held on Sunday March 13 at a location and time to be announced.

Those who want to know more can phone 3924 6566 or message the Facebook page here.

To take the course, you must be a member of BWR.

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