Carnage on the road for ducks.

This week WIRES Northern Rivers has rescued 20 Australian Wood ducklings, all orphaned because the parent birds and siblings were run over as they crossed the road, or were feeding on the side of the road.Breeding season for Australian Wood ducks is September to November in the South, but in our local area of Northern …

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Its Puggle time again!

This time of the year female Echidnas may be carrying either an egg or a very small echidna in her pouch.Echidnas do not actually have a permanent pouch; instead they have contracting muscles in their abdomens, which forms a pouch-like fold. As both male and female echidnas can form a pouch in this way, it …

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Swamp wallaby release

Today is a very special day for a young Swamp wallaby named DD.DD came into care after DD and Deb stopped to check the pouch of a dead wallaby found lying on the road near Byron Bay last year. The little joey was named DD after her savior.DD’s time in WIRES care has been spent …

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Topknot pigeons in care

At this time each year in the Northern Rivers area, you may see large flocks of birds traversing the countryside. They can be observed feeding in the upper forest canopy, hanging from branches, often upside-down, flapping their wings loudly to keep balance. These birds are Topknot Pigeons, they are frugivorous, feeding on small native fruits, …

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Tawny frogmouth in care after dog attack

Back in early March a Tawny frogmouth was rescued after being attacked by a dog at Doubtful Creek. He had lost most of his tail feathers and was unable to fly.When he was first rescued he was traumatised and in shock. He would need to be in care till his tail feathers had grown back.WIRES …

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Royal Spoonbill reunited after falling from nest

On Monday 16 May John arrived at work to find a baby Royal Spoonbill on the ground. It had fallen from its nest located high up in a very tall pine tree.The school where John works is near Alstonville Vet Clinic so he bundled the little one up and took it there to be examined.Fortunately, …

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Raptor severely affected by recent heavy rain and floods.

This beautiful raptor was severely affected by recent heavy rain and floods. Heavy rainfall can reduce foraging time for many bird species. We tend to think that birds can just fly away when heavy rain is persistent over a long period, but this will all depend on the on the severity and scale of weather …

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Grey-headed flying foxes at Vitality Vetcare

Dr Megan and vet nurse Kim at Vitality Vetcare at Bangalow recently examined three Grey-headed flying-foxes currently in WIRES care. Flying foxes come into WIRES care for a variety of reasons, but the most common is after being entangled in barbed wire or netting. As Flying foxes are nocturnal and feed at night they can …

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White-breasted Woodswallow in WIRES care

Anthony and his daughter Eavie contacted WIRES after finding a White-breasted Woodswallow on the ground at their property in Bentley.The little bird was unable to fly so was taken to Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital by WIRES volunteer Julie.Even though one wing was slightly dropped and there was a slight scuff mark on its left wrist, …

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Hastings River mice found clinging to pepples

Clinging onto pebbles in a puddle of water, these two tiny critters were rescued just north of Nimbin by Felix a week ago. Obviously too young to survive on their own Felix called WIRES. They have since been  identified as Hastings River mice, an endangered species due to loss of habitat. Once thought to be …

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