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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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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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Wallaby joeys victims of the floods in Northern NSW.

UPDATE 16 March 2022 Both joeys are doing well in care. Seen here after just over 2 weeks in WIRES care. These Swamp wallaby joeys are both victims of the floods on 1 March 2022 in Northern NSW.With so much sadness and devastation across our region we will concentrate on the happy ending rescues.    Cathy was …

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Severe flooding in Northern NSW

With severe flooding occurring across our region, please be aware that wildlife will be distressed; many will be displaced and waterlogged by rising floodwaters and heavy rainfall.Wildlife will in many cases be sheltering in unusual places. Please be compassionate and allow the animal to shelter, it may have nowhere else to go until the situation …

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Juvenile Channel-billed Cuckoo in WIRES care

Jayen watched in dismay as Crows relentlessly attacked a juvenile bird in a tree on his Myocum property. When it finally came to the ground on New Year’s day the young bird was exhausted as Jayen gently scooped it up with a towel and called Wires. Thinking  it was a hawk because of its big …

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For this New Years resolution become a wildlife carer or rescuer.

For this New Years resolution become a wildlife carer or rescuer.Here are a few reasons why:• Over 100,000 calls for wildlife rescue advice and assistance are made annually to WIRES Rescue Office, resulting in hundreds of animals in daily need of rescue. Despite the amazing work current volunteers do, we never have enough volunteers to …

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Two Little Falcon chicks blown out of nest in a severe storm

Two Australian Hobby chicks were discovered by Tom at Cooorabell following a severe storm in the evening of 4th December. One chick had landed on a roof and the other on a concrete path.WIRES volunteer Andrew responded to the call and took the chicks to Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital where the chicks were examined. A …

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Coastal Carpet Python surprise

Pam called WIRES for advice when she found her resident Coastal Carpet Python snake lying half in and half out of the pool in the sun, it was looking unwell, it had not moved for over 24 hours and birds were hovering nearby.This python was well known to Pam as it had been around for …

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