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Are you a wildlife warrior?

FAWNA Training Courses
coming up

Did you know FAWNA is the only licensed wildlife rescue group for all species in the 18,000 square kilometre Mid Coast area, which spans from Bulahdelah in the south to the northern part of the Kempsey Shire and west to Stroud and Gloucester.

Last year FAWNA volunteers from the Mid Coast region rescued over 3000 animals with many of them being birds. Other animals rescued include: bats, flying foxes, frogs, reptiles, macropods, wallabies, gliders and possums.

If you’re interested or concerned about local wildlife and would like to become a FAWNA wildlife warrior volunteer, you are encouraged to attend the Rescue and Immediate Care Induction course this weekend.

Rescue & Immediate Care Course – RICC
WHERE | Sea Acres Rainforest Centre – LOT 613 Pacific Drive, Port Macquarie
WHEN | Saturday 23 January, 2016
TIME | 9.15am to 4.30pm
COST | The cost of the course is included in your membership fee

Macropod Training Course
WHERE | Sea Acres Rainforest Centre – LOT 613 Pacific Drive, Port Macquarie
WHEN | Saturday 13 February, 2016
TIME | 9am to 4.30pm
COST | $25

Possum and Glider Training Course
WHERE | Sea Acres Rainforest Centre – LOT 613 Pacific Drive, Port Macquarie
WHEN | Saturday 12 March, 2016
TIME | 9am to 4.30pm
COST | $20

Wildlife Emergency First Aid

If you are faced with a wildlife emergency the first thing to do is to cover the animal with a towel or blanket, this helps to minimise stress on the animal. Then, firmly but gently place it in a cardboard box, or natural fibre bag if available. Try to make the animal as comfortable as possible. Keep your rescued animal in a warm and quiet place away from domestic pets and children and resist the temptation to take a peek.

Then call the FAWNA Duty Officer on 6581 4141 who will advise the best course of immediate action.

Alternatively you can take the animal to a vet who will contact FAWNA to arrange collection. There will be no charge to you.

Other useful wildlife rescue pointers:

  • Do not attempt to feed or water the animal unless advised to do so. Unnecessary handling at this stage can cause more harm than good.
  • Some animals require particular handling if they need to be rescued. Bats and flying foxes, venomous reptiles, raptors (birds of prey) have special handling requirements and should not be handled by untrained people.
  • If safe for you to do so, check the pouches of marsupials killed on the road as there may be a live joey or joeys inside. Do not use force to remove a joey from the teat but collect mother and young for later separation.
  • If you cannot handle the animal, record your odometer reading to a known point so the exact location can be given to the FAWNA duty officer.
  • If delivering the animal to a vet or anyone else always leave the encounter location details when you drop it off. This will allow the animal to be relocated in its home territory after rehabilitation.
  • For baby birds, look around to see if you can identify a likely parent still in the vicinity.

For more informationwww.fawna.org.au

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