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IFE A LDL R WI C IN C. A NIM AL TY IE R C ES CU SO E& C AR E August 2010 Wildlife Tales is the official newsletter of Wildlife Animal Rescue & Care Society Inc. Post Office Box 2308 Gosford NSW 2250 Phone: 4325 0666 (24 HOURS) ABN: 40 155 085 169 WEB ADDRESS: www.wildlife-arc.org.au EMAIL: email@example.com NEXT MEETING: Sunday 22nd Aug. 12:00 noon @ Wambina MANAGEMENT REPORT Hi All - We are fast approaching the end of another ARC year. The AGM will be held in September, so the upcoming August meeting will be the last before the AGM. There are still quite a few members that have not yet renewed. If you are one of these you will not be able to care or rescue any animals – so please rejoin ASAP. If you are thinking of taking on a management or administrative position then make sure your application is received before the cut-off date. Since the last report, there has been one meeting to discuss changes to the ARC constitution. Some of the changes are required to comply with new legislation and the Tax Office Deductible Gift Recipient Status. These changes are vital for our future and will enable us to receive tax deductible donations from the public. Other changes are being discussed to make the ARC work better and ensure that issues that have arisen in the past do not recur. There is another Constitution meeting planned for 14th August – please come along and have your say. Those of you that regularly attend the general meeting will know that we are continuing to have a large number of flying foxes in care and this is placing considerable strain on our carers and finances.. This is quite un-seasonal and we are still having to provide large quantities of fruit and fruit cutters to keep the program going. If you can help – even once a week – please call Karren Fenn to volunteer. For those of you on the phones or on the rescue lists, enjoy the winter break – Spring is nearly here. Best wishes - Scott Jones MACROPOD REPORT Hi Everyone from Sharon Jones - Head Carer Macropods The macropod section is quite busy at the moment. We have one big wallaby, Paolo who will hopefully be released by the time you read this. There are three other swamp wallaby girls who will come over for release after him. Other than that we have one Eastern Grey and three other young wallabies in care, they are all doing well at the moment. Thanks to our great macropod team! Both new and old members Vicki, Lorraine, Leyla, Terri, Maureen, Damon and Julie all your efforts are appreciated!! A special thank you to my deputy Leyla Moncelet who continues to support me as a wonderful deputy. She does a marvelous job I don’t know what I would do without her! I had a rescue at Wyee the other day. A poor male wallaby hit by a car, unfortunately he had to be taken to the vets for euthanasia. We have also had quite a few wallaby strikes right across the coast. Summerland Point seems to be an area where we get frequent reports and there have been quite a few in the Somersby area of late. So please all be on the look out for macropods crossing the roads, especially around dusk and dawn. Any members willing or able to help with macropod rescues please contact me so I can put you on the rescue list. After the rescue the other day I can tell you the stronger and fitter the better!! We are also looking at doing some much needed fund raising over the next few months so any ideas donations etc would be appreciated, you can contact me via email or give me a buzz on 43721836. Kind regards Sharron Jones Page 2 2010 SPONSOR OF WILDLIFE ARC SOMETHING FROM THE WEBMASTER There has been some discussion recently about the best means of communication for phonies, especially regarding shift changes. Can I encourage phonies to use the phonies forum. I will soon be putting out some general documentation about how to use the forum facility. I am also looking at the possibility of making the phonies forum in particular a bit more useable. In the meantime here is a very brief overview of how it works. Wildlife ARC has a forum facility on the website accessed through the members only menu. That is, you need to be registered and logged in, in order to access the forums. We can have as many forums as we like. Currently there are 2 forums, the phonies forum and the general forum. It is intended that the phonies forum be kept for just phonies business and the general forum for all other discussions. A forum consists of many topics or threads. Anybody can create a new topic and people can reply(or post) to that topic. When you first enter a forum you will see a list of all topics for that forum. Each topic is expandable to show all postings to that topic. You can subscribe to a topic. This means that you will receive an email notifying you that somebody has made a new posting to that topic with a link imbedded in the email that will take you straight to the topic. Please note that at the moment you can NOT subscribe to a forum, only to a specific topic. Therefore, it is suggested that if for example we want to automatically keep phonies in the loop regarding shifts that we create a permanent shifts topic that all phonies subscribe to. Hopefully all of this is a little clearer than mud! As always happy to answer any questions sent to firstname.lastname@example.org Cheers Tony 232 TICKS? 232 ticks removed from this beaut Diamond from Kangy Angy, the poor snake was underweight and is looking much happier after tick removal and a warm medicated bath. Gently and firmly easing the Diamond from the warm hide in the roof of their back garden shed, it was obvious this poor beauty was having a rough time; barely having the strength to raise its head, underweight and covered in ticks. by Peter Street DATABASE MANAGERS REPORT from Sally Hopkins The wonderful ARC phonies attended to 262 calls during July. These were for: Birds 101 of which 27 were seabirds, Reptiles 32, Possums 29, Microbats 17, Flying Foxes 14, Macropods 12, Echidnas 3, Wombats 2. Bushrat 1, Turtles 1, miscellaneous 4 and the number of outstanding phone records for the month is 46 2010 SPONSOR OF WILDLIFE ARC Page 3 BIRD REPORT To all ARC valuable members. Valda Barton – Bird Head Carer As the new Bird Head Carer and a person who just moved here to the Central Coast, who still gets lost and can’t survive without her Gregory’s Street Directory; I find myself at a disadvantage. I could not direct birds to the best and closest carer for treatment. What could I do? I talked with about eight senior ARC members seeking their advice and from that advice I made the following adjustments to how birds are rescued and taken into care. As ARC is very fortunate in having some senior bird rehabilitators (I means in experience folks, not their age) that we could utilize, therefore drawing on their vast banks of local area knowledge. I therefore changed the system. Each area: Upper North, North, South, East and West now has an experienced senior member as their Area Supervisor. HOW IT ALL WORKS: 1. Phone operator gets an incoming bird call 2. Operator looks for a rescuer in that area to attend to call 3. If no rescuer available in that area, move out a little bit and try adjoining areas to see if any of those persons are available 4. Still can’t get any-one to do a rescue? Call the Area Supervisor for advice. They have local knowledge that I as Head Carer do not have 5. If a (rare) night time call. Try ringing one of the possum/macrapod people who might be able to pick the bird up if bird rescuers not available 6. If for some reason the Area Supervisor is unable to assist you, ring me the Head Carer (after 3pm) for advice. Valda on 0439 901 804. REMEMBER: 1. A lot of our rescuers work and don’t knock off work till 4pm onwards. If the rescue call is not an emergency (imminent threat of death or further serious injury or an unfeathered chick) or call is from a vet; nicely explain to them that all our rescuers are still at work and that they will be contacted after 4pm to do the rescue and if they could keep the bird warm and safe till that time, we would greatly appreciate it 2. Home owners can be asked to put the bird in a cardboard box with a towel and a small bowl of water and to place the box in a quite room away from the TV, children and family pets. Tell them they will be contacted when a rescuer becomes available 3. If people phone in wanting to donate cages, aviaries – please refer call to area supervisor for that area RESCUE: The most important thing is that the bird is collected by a rescuer/rehabilitator that same day. Use: • Couriers only. You need to also arrange a rehabilitator to take the bird off the rescuer once collected • Apprentice rescuers can phone their Area Supervisor or Mentor for advice if needed to perform that rescue and the best rehabilitator to take that bird to. • Apprentice rehabilitators also are usually rescuers. Once they pick up a bird, THEY then ring their Area Supervisor or Mentor for advice as to how to treat that bird. If mentor not available, ring Area Supervisor. If they are not available ring Head Carer after 3pm • Domestic birds & ducks and people wanting to surrender birds & ducks MUST go to RSPCA. We are licensed to care for wildlife NOT domestic animals. I see lots of aviaries full of surrendered or lost pets that are taking up aviary space; so those rehabilitators have less and less facilities to use, so do less and less injured or sick native birds, the original reason they joined ARC for. Refer or treat then take birds & ducks to RSPCA as this is their area of work not ours. I hope this explains better how the bird system works. Anyone with any questions can contact me on email:email@example.com or by mobile 0439 901 804 (after 3pm) Page 4 2010 SPONSOR OF WILDLIFE ARC FOR THE BIRDIES! Baby Crested Pigeon feeding by Bev Starrs As a first timer, I found it very fiddly to syringe feed (not crop) as birds kept bobbing and weaving around, holding the syringes in one hand and baby in the other required a special technique and practice. At first I was putting the syringe down to the bird instead of the bird stretching up to feed. I also discovered you need to feed on the same side of beak every feed. You also need to be aware as with feeding any baby; food gets everywhere. Practice makes perfect. First night I did not get much sleep due to worry and listening for any odd noise, how the joys of a first time mother. Birdies Fundraising We had a very successful day 31st July. As NO birdies chose to contact me as to what types of foods they usually buy (June newsletter), everyone is now stuck with my choices. Birdies share is around $360 which will be spent on and in this order: • Medicam Pain Relief – will come with instructions & 1ml syringes for use • Moxidectin PLUS – for Throat Worms - Also clears roundworm (Ascaridia spp.), hairworm (Capillaria spp.) and tapeworm (cestode) infection. It is also effective against all external parasites that feed off body fluids, including mites and pigeon flies (Pseudolynchia spp.). Moxidectin Plus does not cause nausea and so the birds can be fed and loft-flown normally during treatment. Will come with instructions • PolyAid Plus – A liquid food/ lectrolite supplement for sick/dehydrated birds/chicks • Calcium Sandos – for chicks through to sub adult meat/fruit eating birds The next lot of money raised will go towards: A runner Lorikeet released 2007 drops in for lunch with her • Insectivore two healthy offspring. Dad usually announces their arrival by • AviOne Lorikeet powder – mix wet or dry calling loudly outside the window. Photo couresy of Nora Elder • Paswells Parrot hand raring mix • Chicken starter & canary seed mix for ducks • Wild Bird seed mix with canary seed added to cover most wild birds you would Bird Carers get into care There are a couple of large cages available for pick-up from one of our members at Valda Barton Umina. Please contact Nora Elder re same Bird Head Carer 4342 1760. Page 5 FLYING-FOX REPORT by Gwenllyn Parry-Jones Head Carer Whatever new disaster can the poor flying-foxes survive!!! The latest disaster is that the Flying-foxes are suffering with starvation, brought on by the constant rain washing the pollen and nectar from the blossom in the forests. We are having dozens of already released Flying-foxes coming into our Release Cage, looking for food. We are putting extra fruit into the Flight Cage each night and it all goes by morning. Also there is no way the Flying- foxes put in the Release Cage to release into the wild, will move. We and all the other care groups are finding Flying-foxes on the ground in the last stages of starvation. Never have we found them to be so skinny according to their age and measurements. The cost of feeding them, with fruit at the moment is enormous. But what can we do? Just leave them to starve? Our fruit suppliers and cutter-uppers are rising to the task and working unceasingly to save them. It is so dreadfully sad as the females are all pregnant and many abort after taken into care. It is not just ARC that has this problem, but most of the carers in NSW. Added to this, unless the pollen regenerates, they will be attacking the orchards as soon as the fruit is produced and those that have not starved to death will be shot under DECCW’s licence. As the weaker ones go into the orchards the ones shot will be the pregnant, those carrying young, the nursing mothers with babies left in the colony sites and the juveniles learning to fly. This is not encouraging for the survival of a Vulnerable Species when a whole season’s breeders and progeny are killed. When the babies are too heavy for the mothers’ to carry them in to the forest to forage, they leave the babies in the colony site and the babies have to wait until mother returns to be fed. Flying-fox babies can only drink milk for the first five months of their lives, so if their mother is shot, they suffer with starvation and gradually fall down. Sometimes they can hang on to the leaves and bark of the trees before eventually falling to the ground. These are the ones we rescue. They are usually very ill and some die before we can get them to Wambina. If they lie on the ground for any length of time, before rescue, they are usually predated by ants, blow-flys and/or rodents. We are holding a Baby Flying-fox (Rescue and Raising) Training Day on Sunday 22nd August, the day after the election, from 1.pm. at Wambina to attract more rescuers and carers. Please come along to help and bring any new members who show an interest in the rescue and care of Flying-fox babies. It might be an idea to ask all the political candidates their view on the shooting of a “protected” species under NPWS Licence. NSW is the only State that allows this killing. FLYING-FOX BABY RESCUE AND TRAINING DAY WILL BE HELD AT WAMBINA, MATCHAM ON SUNDAY, 22nd AUGUST (the day after Election Day) FROM 1 PM TO 4 PM ARC TRAINING DAYS ARE FREE INFORMATION CONCERNING ARC AVAILABLE FROM www.wildlife-arc.org,au PLEASE BE ADVISED The Possum training day planned for August 29th has been cancelled. Page 6 2010 SPONSOR OF WILDLIFE ARC RESCUERS SAVE BABY WOMBAT by Gail Malone - taken from Mangrove and Districts Comunity News On Monday 12th of July, four of us set out on a recognisance trip to Pearces Valley, three locals Eve Leeming, Diane Williams, myself and our friend, driver and NP Volunteer Ray Kaltenbacher. We were travelling along Wisemans Ferry Road when we came upon a dead wallaby on the side of the road. We stopped to check the poor creature and seeing it was a dead male, dragged it off the road. We had not travelled more than a kilometre when we saw a wombat on the side of the road. Again, we stopped and on turning the poor animal over we discovered it had a puggle in its pouch. The wombat was a fine specimen, mange free, appearing to have been in good health before its untimely demise. All three women had participated in a ‘Native Wildlife First Aid Course’, at the Spencer Community hall some years ago and this was a sad chance to put our training into practice. We found a blanket in the back of the 4WD and rolled the animal over onto it and carried it to the car and headed in the opposite direction to the Vet at Kulnura. Vet Robyn Crisman, came out to the car and cut the baby from its mother’s pouch. A hairless, male puggle was taken into the clinic to be warmed and stabilised, until he could be safely moved to carers. The Vet gave the little handful a 50/50 chance of survival. I am pleased to inform that the little fellow made it through his first night. With a good feed under his belt, he was taken to Cedar Creek Wombat Rescue and he now has a very good chance of survival. I would like to make a few points now. Please be careful driving, particularly at night when our animals are out and POSITIONS VACANT about. If you do hit an animal, stop and check if it’s sill Head Carer - alive and if it has a little one in the pouch. This is not the Possums North & West most pleasant thing to do but you could save one, if not two Head Carer - lives. It certainly isn’t as unpleasant as the animal dying a Possums South & East slow death on the side of the road and maybe taking a Clause 15 b. of the Constitution states; Nominations will be sent in writing to the healthy infant with it! Secretary at the official ARC address so that the Secretary will have them prior to There is going to be another first aid course for native the Management Committee meeting at animals at Spencer Community Hall, date to be advised. which the nomination will be considered. Watch out for this and if you can come along, please do. The candidate will be a qualified carer within the relevant animal section. The Believe me, you will feel empowered if you happen upon a nomination will be signed by nominator hurt animal and money can’t buy the feeling of being able and a seconder both of whom shall be to help. As first aid for humans can mean the difference carers within the relevant animal section and will be accompanied by the written between life and death, so too for our wonderful animals. consent of the candidate. Page 7 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS ARE NOW OVERDUE The Membership form is available on the ARC Website. Members that do not renew before 30 August must pay a $5 fee to rejoin. YOU MUST BE A FINANCIAL MEMBER TO CARE FOR ARC ANIMALS PLEASE ENSURE THAT THIS IS COMPLETED AND RETURNED ALONG WITH YOUR MEMBERSHIP FEES TO; THE ARC POST OFFICE BOX ADDRESS WILDLIFE ARC SEABIRD TRAINING DAY The deadline for pictures October 23rd 2010 10.00am – 2.00pm and articles for next 28 James Watt Drive Chittaway Bay month’s newsletter Please RSVP by 20/9/10 Ph. 43885025 is the 1st of the month. Please bring a plate so we can enjoy morning tea together. firstname.lastname@example.org This workshop will cover • Basic rescue • Transportation • The pick up method • Identification of juvenile pelicans and penguins We need a constant supply To attend this workshop please RSVP by phoning the above phone of reports, pictures number to register, as limited space is available. and stories. Calling ARC members who live in the Woy Woy or surrounding areas, SEABIRD SECTION needs you. We need dedicated ARC volunteers Thank you. who will pick up and transport pelicans up to our carer at Chittaway. If this is you please RSVP, ASAP. Please be advised that the The Wildlife ARC is holding a Annual General Meeting of the ARC will take place BABY FLYING-FOX RESCUE AND CARE TRAINING DAY on Saturday 18th September 2010. ON SUNDAY, 22nd AUGUST, 2010 AT WAMBINA All are invited to attend. From 1 pm. to 4.00 pm. If you wish to nominate for any position or ALL ARC TRAINING DAYS ARE FREE lodge a proxy vote please obtain the forms from the website. For further information on the ARC or They are attached to the Constitution. other training days please contact Hoping to see you all there. ARC’s 24/7 Help phone on 4325 0666 or web page www.wildlife-arc.org.au Jan Brazel Secretary NOTICE OF MEETINGS 2010 Sunday 22nd August General Meeting 12.00 noon Will be held at Wambina, Matcham Saturday 18th Sep Annual General Meeting 1.00 PM at Wyoming Community Centre Maidens Brush Road, Wyoming The Wildlife ARC rescues and cares for injured and orphaned native animals on the Central Coast. It was started in 1986 by Gwen Parry-Jones and in 2009 we cared for over five thousand animals. Help for native animals can always be found on our 24/7 manned emergency phone and we are active in promoting wildlife conservation. All ARC members are volunteers and ARC training is free. New members are always welcome. DISCLAIMER Any views expressed herein are that of the authors and not necessarily of Wildlife Animal Rescue & Care Society Inc. (Wildlife ARC).
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