Learn to care for baby birds workshop
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.