Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers
24 Hour Hotline – report injured wildlife
02 6672 4789
COVID-19 UPDATE Wildlife Carers Info
PO Box 898 Murwillumbah NSW 2484 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
www.tvwc.org.au ABN: 90 729 726 308 NPWS Licence No: MWL000100221
COVID-19 UPDATE NO. 6. 17th APRIL 2020
The social transformations created by the COVID-19 pandemic are unbelievable. TVWC moved quickly to ensure the safety of our members in unsettling and uncertain times. Unfortunately we also had to cancel our usual Orientation and Rescue and Transport Training in May as well as all other training, which has made our position with regard to new members very difficult. We will probably be able to hold the next one after that in September.
If you want to become a member, or know someone who does, please call our hotline on 02 6672 4789. The hotline is always open. Leave your contact details with the phone operator and the Membership Officer will call you when we are inducting new members.
Our position as we continue to rescue and rehabilitate local wildlife has been equivocal.
On 17th April, Wildlife Health Australia released a timely and welcome position statement on the status of wildlife caring under self-isolation in Australia. WHA, the coordinating body for wildlife health, researches, investigates and monitors wildlife diseases in Australia. You can look them up at ww.wildlifehealthaustralia.com.au. The following are excerpts from their statement, Essential Wildlife Care Services During COVID-19:
Wildlife care workers play a vital role in caring for Australia’s unique and valued wildlife. . . . This sector seeks government assurance that in the event of COVID-19 related restrictions, these workers will be allowed to attend to the essential needs of these animals, whether in an animal care facility, in the outdoors or in their own homes. . . These animal care roles include:
- Wildlife carers
- Animal food teams
- Animal food suppliers and workers managing supply chains
- Management of wildlife populations (e.g. providing food to bushfire affected populations or habituated wildlife populations)
- Rescuers and transporters of injured/sick wildlife.
Many of these events occur outdoors, but some may require personnel to work in close proximity.
At the same time, WHA has also updated their fact sheets on COVID-19 and
Coronaviruses In Australian Bats. To access them, click on the sheet titles.
The WHA is a welcome source of clarification in these confusing times, providing a wise counsel and support for the proposition that wildlife caring is an essential activity, especially since the recent bush fires and the great loss of wildlife that ensued.
Jan Pilgrim President, TVWC
Leave that baby bird alone!
Our Hotline is being overwhelmed by an epidemic of calls caused by the kindness of local residents and visitors
Due to climate change, we are seeing a prolonged breeding season and lots of baby birds. If you see a fluffy chick on the ground, you should resist the urge to rescue it. It is not visibly injured or in real danger of being killed or injured, leave it alone because removing a baby bird from its environment is not always in its best interests.
Sometimes baby birds land on the ground when they’re learning to fly, but that doesn’t mean that they need your assistance. Usually their parents are nearby, waiting to feed and look after their young once you’ve left the scene.
If you find a nest that’s been blown onto the ground, replace it and its contents in a nearby shrub or tree so that the parent birds can continue to attend it. They will find it.
If you find a young Tawny Frogmouth on the ground, simply replace it in a nearby tree. It’s the safest place for it.
If you find a baby Masked Lapwing or plover on the ground, leave it where it is; after all, the ground is where it lives. Its parents will be nearby (they’re probably swooping you right now).
If you find a chick on the ground and it is (1) clearly unattended by its parents (watch this from a distance for some time so you’re not keeping them away); and (2) it’s in imminent danger from cats, dogs or traffic; and (3) it can’t be left in a safe place nearby: do not attempt to look after the bird on your own. Place it in a dark, warm, dry place (such as a cardboard box with plenty of air holes, and padding such as a towel inside), keep it safe from the family cats and dogs, and then contact Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers on 02 6672 4789 right away. Tiny featherless birds can only survive for a very short time without warmth and food.
Adapted from Birdlife Australia.
TVWC rescued 2432 animals and birds in need during the 2018-19 financial year.
To download the document, click on the link above
What We Do
The Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers rescue and care for injured and sick wildlife in the Tweed Valley.
Our objectives and aims revolve around the conservation and welfare of our local wildlife. Our foremost aim is the rescue and rehabilitation of native fauna for return to their natural environment, using the best and most up-to-date information from all relevant sources. We also aim to educate the public by encouraging the protection and welfare of our native wildlife and their habitat.
TVWC acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of this land and recognises their connection to and guardianship of native wildlife.
What To Do if You Find Injured Wildlife
1. Place injured wildlife in a box lined with a towel to prevent it from sliding around during transport. Cover the box with a loose lid or towel to create a dark environment to prevent stress. DO NOT administer food or drink to an injured bird or animal. Put the box in a quiet cool place in Summer and in a quiet warm spot in Winter months.
2. Take note of the exact location where it was found and tell the rescuer so, after rehabilitation, it can be released back into the wild.
3. Call the hotline:
02 6672 4789
Follow instructions from the TVWC member you speak to on the hotline.
How Can I Help?
Join Us Today
If you are interested in joining the Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers, we hold regular orientations and offer volunteer positions as a phone hotline operator, wildlife carer (after training), rescue and transport participation, fundraising, as well as various administrative positions.
For more information check our How Can I Help Page
Three Ways To Donate
1. Donations are accepted through the Give Now website. Donations over $2 are tax deductible and can be made with a credit or debit card or by bank transfer. Click Donate button below.
2. Donations can be made directly to our PayPal account, also tax deductable. Click PayPal donation button below.
3. Regular donations can also be arranged by direct debit.
Return & Earn Stations Donation Outlet
We are very lucky to be accepted as a donation partner in the local ” Return & Earn” stations. From August 25th to November 27th 2018 you can choose to donate your money to Tweed Wildlife Carers – which is us. Your donations will go to help feed & care for many different local wildlife species. You can donate at the following recycle stations at Tweed City, Terranora Pavilions, Kingscliff Woolworths, Chinderah BP & Murwillumbah Railway.