NWC – NSW Wildlife Council

"Achieving optimal outcomes for Australian wildlife"

A Wonderful Example

matvMargaret Howley is a wonderful example of the the 2800 volunteers that work within the groups represented by the NSW Wildlife Council. Margaret works as a volunteer for Native Animal Trust Fund’s Hunter Wildlife Rescue Inc and this is her heartwarming story as featured on MediaAnimal.tv.

For the past 35 years former nurse Margaret Howley has dedicated her life to saving Australia’s injured and orphaned native wildlife. At 71 years of age Margaret is still working the night shift tending to her wild patients.

The NWC thanks each and every one of the licensed volunteer rehabilitators represented on the council and we hope this inspirational story gives you all an insight into the care, effort and dedication that is the foundation of wildlife rehabilitation.

Follow this link to see the MediaAnimal.tv story “The Australian Nurse Saving Wild Patients!”

A Historic Meeting

NWC 2014

NWC 2014Last month the NSW Wildlife Council had the opportunity to welcome Mr Peter Stathis, recently appointed to the new position of Senior Leader OEH Biodiversity & Wildlife at Hurstville. We also welcomed our newly appointed Executive Officer, Chris Lloyd.

Peter advised that there will be significant changes to the direction his department will be taking and to the staffing model within his team. OEH are currently actively involved in the recruitment procedure and Peter will announce his new team members once the selection process has concluded.

Peter said he was confident that he will have a strong team made up of dedicated and experienced people. He spoke about his new role with confidence and enthusiasm and expressed his genuine wish to be an active participant in the council activities. Peter was warmly welcomed by the Council members and the Council looks forward to a new era of liaison with the new Management operatives, some still to be announced.

nwc02142Linda Crawley who is the Coordinator Wildlife Licencing, OEH also addressed the Council and spoke about the existing ballot system. She opened the floor to questions and it proved a valuable opportunity to gain more understanding of her role and its responsibilities and constraints.

In addition the Council members welcomed their new Executive Officer Chris Lloyd with the official signing of his Work Contract. Chris addressed the full Council for the first time and provided information about his work background and experience in his work with palegic birds and other wildlife.

Protection against ticks

Protect yourself against ticks

“Ticks and tick-borne diseases – protecting yourself” is now available as a PDF, from The Australian Association of Bush Regenerators (AABR) website.

Protect yourself against ticks

Protect yourself against ticks – click to view website

It is subtitled “A review of current information and options for bush regenerators, bush workers and people who love the bush.”

This publication, edited by Virginia Bear and Lynn Rees, was prompted by a number of bush regenerators and AABR members who have tested positive to Lyme disease and its co-infections in recent years.

Wildlife Friendly Netting

Flying fox

Flying fox caught in nettingEvery year thousands of animals are injured in inappropriate netting of fruit trees, or in discarded netting. It entangles birds, lizards, snakes, bats and even possums.

The netting cuts their mouths to ribbons as they try to bite themselves free, and wraps so tightly around them that circulation is cut off and tissue dies, days or even weeks later.

The animals die of thirst, starvation, strangulation or outright pain and fear in the nets. Many of those ‘rescued’ die later as a result of secondary infection, or are euthanased because they are unreleasable.

The nets go on killing year after year even when they have become tattered to the point they are no longer protecting fruit. Many landowners leave fruit to fall on the ground and rot, or the fruit are of such poor quality they do not eat them anyway – yet the nets remain killing wildlife.

Netting should always be disposed of carefully as animals such as snakes and lizards are very easily trapped when it is left lying on the ground. They are like ghost nets in the ocean, discarded fishing nets that trap and kill marine life.

Visit the Wildlife Friendly Fencing Website

To see the nets in action – Tolga Bat Hospital YouTube page

Throat Worms in Magpies

A colour-mutant magpie chick suffering a debilitating burden of throat worms. Photos by Andrew Ryan .

A colour-mutant magpie chick suffering a debilitating burden of throat worms. Photos by Andrew Ryan .

Cheilospirura gymnorhinis is often referred to as the throat worm of juvenile magpies. It can be mistaken for Gape Worm (Gape Worm is red; Throat worm is white).

Throat worm occurs in the oral cavity and in the pharynx of magpies, butcher-birds, currawongs, magpie-larks and black-faced cuckoo shrikes. C. gymnorhinis burrows its head into the mouth and throat of the host species which then responds by creating a nodule around the parasite.

In severe cases these nodules can cause blockage of the glottis, prevent ingestion of food and cause severe debilitation and death of the host bird.

Manual removal of the parasites by tweezers is recommended in conjunction with the use of Ivermectin oral anthelmintic (drench), available from rural produce store or veterinarian. Euthanasia should be considered as the most humane option for severe burdens of Throat worm.

A colour-mutant magpie chick from Port Macquarie. This young bird is suffering a debilitating burden of Throat worms as evidenced by photos of some of the many hundreds of worms painstakingly removed.

Story Meredith Ryan, FAWNA (NSW) Inc.

Throat worms taken from Magpie Chick

Throat worms taken from Magpie Chick.
Photos by Andrew Ryan

Womdata – Wombat Protection Society


WomdataWomdata is a research database compiled from many sources. Wombats are little studied and research is urgently needed as their numbers decline. You can help.

Research is becoming more urgent in the fight to save the three wombat species (Northern hairy-nosed, Southern hairy-nosed and bare-nosed wombats). The range of this, the largest burrowing animal in the world, has declined due to human impact over the years. This includes habitat loss, shooting, and infestation with introduced mites (mange). Collecting all data into a central database can help the research effort.

We need your wombats’ blood test results.

Do you have any blood test results from wombats? It doesn’t matter how old. The data will be collated and used to assist in wombat research. We don’t only need blood test results: Any other data can be entered into the database. Talk to us if you have some ideas – help us save the wombat.