Learn to care for baby birds work­shop

Auckland City Harbour News - - MILESTONES - MEGHAN LAWRENCE

Spring is upon us and baby birds are hatch­ing into the world.

To help pro­tect fauna, the Wild Bird Care Char­i­ta­ble Trust is run­ning a baby bird work­shop.

Trea­surer of trust in Auck­land, Mandy Robert­son, says the work­shop is aimed at any­one in­ter­ested in learn­ing how to care for birds.

‘‘As with most things there is a right way and wrong way to care for wildlife. We would like to show peo­ple how to do it the right way,’’ she says.

‘‘There are just a few reg­is­tered wildlife re­ha­bil­i­ta­tors and they care for a huge num­ber of birds.

‘‘Our aim is to have more peo­ple car­ing for a few birds, rather than a few peo­ple car­ing for a large num­ber of birds.’’

The three-hour work­shop will pro­vide key knowl­edge on how to res­cue, feed, house and raise a baby bird through to wean­ing and re­lease.

Robert­son says there are a num­ber of ways that baby birds can get into trou­ble, in­clud­ing bad weather, preda­tors and ven­tur­ing too far from their par­ents.

But be­fore res­cu­ing a bird, peo­ple should al­ways as­sess the sit­u­a­tion first and be sure it ac­tu­ally re­quires help.

‘‘Young birds that have re­cently left the nest do not need res­cu­ing just be­cause they do not seem to be able to fly,’’ she says.

‘‘The first week or so they spend hop­ping, jump­ing and flap­ping around on the ground not fly- ing.

‘‘Baby birds that are hurt, look un­well, are cold or have been caught by a cat or dog, should be res­cued.’’

The work­shop will also pro- vide the tools and in­for­ma­tion to know what to do when com­pli­ca­tions oc­cur, and the best peo­ple or places to go to for ad­vice.

‘‘If you feed the wrong food or feed in­cor­rectly the bird could die or it could de­velop in­cor­rectly,’’ Robert­son says.

‘‘There is also the chance the bird could be­come im­printed on peo­ple and their pets. This can be dan­ger­ous for the bird once re­leased.’’ The baby bird work­shop will be held on Oc­to­ber 29 at 129 Ara-Kotinga, Whit­ford. Num­bers will be lim­ited, go on­line to learn­bird­care.org to reg­is­ter.

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