NWC – NSW Wildlife Council

Birdlife Australia November 2018 e-news

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After the east coast low

After our east coast low we have had a few emails from our groups about what has happened in NSW.




I have 4 stir crazy joeys indoors….you can see how this one is suffering!
Outdoors, after 206mm rain we have rivers where usually no rivers flow….our district is well adapted to high rainfall so no problems on our part of the Mid North Coast.








Hunter Koala Preservation Society

Hunter Koala Preservation Society

From Hunter Koala Preservation Society

We did get a casualty from the storm, but thankfully there was no koala at home.

2014 Grant Winners

The winners of the NWC 2014 rehabilitation grants have been announced. The winners are:

  1. Dr Rosemary Austen – Wildcare Queanbeyan
  2. Bev Marsh – Native Animal Trust Fund
  3. Mandi Griffiths – Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife Services
  4. Judith Hopper – Native Animal Trust Fund
  5. Lyn Obern – Wildlife Rescue South Coast

Full details can be found below


2015 Grant Winners

The winners of the NWC 2015 rehabilitation grants have been announced. The winners are:

  1. Wendy Attrill – Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers
  2. Lou & Marie Gardner – Native Animal Rescue Group
  3. Anne Williams – Native Animal Trust Fund
  4. Kelly Wall – Wildlife Rescue South Coast
  5. Vanessa Place – Wildlife Rescue South Coast

Full details can be found below


Surveying Animal Advocates

The University of South Australia (UniSA) in a joint project between Apoorva Madan; Master of Psychology (Clinical) Student Researcher, Dr Phil Kavanagh; Research Supervisor and Dr Tania Signal; Research Supervisor are conducting a study on the Psychological effects of Compassion among Animal Advocates/Activists.

The aim of this study is to explore the psychological and emotional effects of compassion for animals and involvement in animal advocacy and/or activism. There is currently little awareness in Psychology surrounding the psychological impact that involvement in animal advocacy/activism may have on individuals. Understanding these effects may aid in increased awareness, research and potential future support development for the animal activist community, if appropriate. Your participation in this study will include providing basic demographic information, some information regarding your involvement in advocacy/activism, and providing responses to statements about your emotional experiences.

For more information and to participate in the survey please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HR6VGXS

Avian Influenza: The Facts from Hype

BirdThe NWC is concerned to sort out the facts from the hype when it comes to the Avian Influenza Virus, and its importance to the welfare and health of wildlife rehabilitators.

There are many strains of Avian Influenza viruses. Most of them do not cause disease. The strain that is currently causing widespread disease in Asia and parts of Europe is the H5N1 strain. At this stage there is no indication that H5N1 Bird-Flu is present in Australia, although this could change at any time. In the meanwhile it is important that wildlife carers are fastidious in maintaining their hygiene, especially when dealing with birds. This means using gloves and masks. It especially means washing your hands after dealing with each bird, thoroughly cleaning cages and avoiding dust from bird cages. Observing these normal hygiene practices also helps to protect against a range of problems including Psittacosis.


Factsheet from NSW Health