Bird helpers not al­ways do­ing good

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Gizelle Ghidella

LO­CALS with good in­ten­tions are ac­ci­den­tally “kid­nap­ping” baby birds from their par­ents.

The Wildlife Habi­tat Care Cen­tre re­ceives at least 300 an­i­mals from all stretches of the north to as far as Weipa.

Wildlife su­per­vi­sor Bec Lynch said the most fre­quent in care at the cen­tre are wild chicks. “Of­ten what hap­pens is the bird might’ve come down af­ter their first or sec­ond flight and peo­ple think they’re or­phaned, when they’re re­ally just learn­ing how to fly,” she said.

“The best thing peo­ple can do is ac­tu­ally to get that bird and put them up into a tree and give them a bit of space and the par­ents will come, so the bird is usu­ally okay.

“We’re al­ways happy to take in birds, it shows we have a car­ing com­mu­nity, but our big­gest goal is to have the an­i­mal par­ent raised and to stay out in the wild.”

Nests are some­times found on the ground af­ter rain or wind, ac­cord­ing to Ms Lynch, and she en­cour­ages res­i­dents who do find nests to re­place them.


Fig bird chicks at the Wildlife Habi­tat Care Cen­tre

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