Mt Eden stu­dent takes birds un­der her wing

Auckland City Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - CA­TRIN OWEN

Baby birds in Auck­land are get­ting an­other chance at life be­fore they’ve even hatched.

Mad­die Wood from Mt Eden will do what­ever it takes and is us­ing her own in­cu­ba­tor to save aban­doned bird eggs, then rear­ing them be­fore be­ing re­leased back in to the wild.

How­ever this isn’t a new ven­ture for the 21-year-old. She’s be­ing sav­ing birds for many years.

‘‘I’ve al­ways had a con­stant flow of birds, more or less like an equi­lib­rium in which one bird is suc­cess­fully re­leased, then an­other one comes in in­jured.’’

Wood posted on Neighbourly.co.nz in­form­ing the com­mu­nity she is happy to in­cu­bate any aban­doned eggs rather than them be­ing left to die. This was af­ter she was given some wild quail eggs by her neigh­bour.

Wood en­cour­ages peo­ple to be more aware of nests be­fore they cut down trees as sum­mer ap­proaches.

‘‘They should be able to recog­nise signs of a nest­ing bird long be­fore they dis­cover the nest it­self.’’

She rec­om­mends peo­ple leave nests in trees un­til the birds have fin­ished rais­ing their chicks or re­move for­ma­tions be­fore they’ve fin­ished build­ing a nest.

Mad­die Wood (inset) from Mt Eden pur­chased an in­cu­ba­tor to save baby bird eggs.

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