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Training Courses & Meetings

Meeting every 2nd Wednesday of the month, to assist with bird identification, please click on COG link for details

Please follow the event links below for more details on each event and photos from the events

28 September 07 Our very rewarding sighting of the rare Powerful Owl at the Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) on 22 September 2007, has shown us yesterday, Friday 27 September 2007, through another visit, that this bird has wiped out our Sugar Gliders and Ringtail Possums, and has now moved on to our Brushtail Possums. Yesterday we saw the Powerful Owl clutching a very young female Brushtail Possum in its talons.

Photograph of the Powerful Owl taken by Michael Selig.at the Wildlife Carers Group Guided Bird Tour Identification Fundraiser on Saturday 22 September 2007.

22 September 2007 THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALL THE MEDIA SUPPORT, JACK HOLLAND, COG'S PRESIDENT, OUR TOUR GUIDE, ANBG, MICHAEL SELIG FOR HIS SUPERB PICTURES, AND OF COURSE OUR PARTICIPANTS, FOR MAKING WCG GUIDED BIRD TOUR FUNDRAISING EVENT A SUCCESS. Click on this link for more details.

22 September 2007, Botanic Gardens, 2pm - FUNDRAISER - WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP INC is having their third fundraiser. With Spring around, a more variety of species will be around, visiting the capital, breeding, rearing their young, before migrating. You will be able to enjoy another fun, relaxing and educational guided tour through the Botanical Gardens, and learn more about identifying our bird species, that is extremely important, to be able to feed the correct diet to the sick, injured orphaned birds you may have handed into you, and if that fails, then to identify their call, and to correctly house them. If you are non member or not a carer, you will enjoy identifying the many varied species around in Canberra in the Spring season. Don't forget your sun screen, hat, repellent, bottles of water, munchies, etc. Our guide is Jack Holland, who has been a keen amateur bird watcher in the ACT area for nearly 30 years. For the past 5 years he has been responsible for organising the Canberra Ornithologists Group's (COG) very active program of outings/field trips. During that time he has also lead many trips, ranging from short local ones to weekend camp-outs. Included in these have been a number of Birds for Beginners walks in the Botanic Gardens. Venue: Botanic Gardens car park, bus stop, near the Bookshop, Clunies Ross St. Acton. Date: Saturday 22 September 2007 (to be confirmed closer to the date) Time: 2pm Cost: $5 BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL with payment prior to the event. Please Send cheque or money order, payable to Wildlife Carers Group Inc. to PO Box 3509, WESTON CREEK ACT 2611 Contact/Enquiries to NORA PRESTON on 24 hr mobile for sick, injured, orphaned native wildlife 0406 056 099 or email: wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au, coordinated by Nora Preston


1 September 2008-5 September 2008, student 5 day work experience training by Nora Preston, included: Wildlife Rehabilitation Training: Identification, Disease, Treatment, Habitat, Housing, Diet of Possums and Sugar Gliders, Birds, First Aid/Some Basic Hints in Wildlife Care, Possum Rescue, with notes, Veterinary Visit, Examination and Gender Identification;

Animal Welfare: Field trips to Rose Cottage Horse Paddock - Kangaroo Count, (we counted 193 Eastern Grey Kangaroos on 2/9/08), BNTS site, Kangaroo Research Inspection. Day 5-Presentation of Certificate of Completion

13/10/08-17/10/08, 2 students 5 day work experience training by Nora Preston, included: training in identification, disease, treatment, habitat, housing, diet of Possums and Sugar Gliders, Birds in General, First Aid - Some Basic Hints in Wildlife Care, with notes;

2 Veterinary Visits - Handling and Examination of magpies and cockatoos, Animal Welfare - Field Trip to BNTS site to inspect the researched Kangaroos that we unfortunately could not locate, after walking around the site. Day 5-Presentation of Certificates of Completion

22/6/09-26/6/09, student 5 day work experience training by Nora Preston, included: Identification, Disease, Treatment, Handling, Habitat, Housing, Diet Birds, First Aid/Some Basic Hints on Wildlife Care, Wildlife Release/Rescue, Animal Welfare - Field Trip to Rose Cottage Horse Paddock, and surrounding paddocks Kangaroo Count, visit to domestic animal services and the rspca domestic animals shelter, Kowen Forest, Molonglo Gorge, external visit of Majura Firing Site, Conservation - Habitat loss. Day 5-Presentation of Certificate of Completion

29/6/09-3/7/09, student 5 day work experience training by Nora Preston, included: On day 1, a field trip - we counted the kangaroos at Rose Cottage Horse Paddock and surrounding paddocks off Long Gully Road, walking around a large circle, that included mugga lane area.

Day 2 included a veterinary visit with 2 injured wildlife, 1 bird and 1 reptile, handling, examination and treatment.

Notes were given to the work experience student on wildlife rehabilitation of birds and lizards (part 1 and part 2 emailed), along with first aid and some basic hints notes.

Day 3, a field trip to Oolong Sanctuary, committee that Nora Preston is the Vice President of, visit of the corroboree frog breeding enclosure, and a walk through the natural habitat, sighting of tree creeper, black wallaby, and gold, natural springs, along with other native flora and fauna.

Day 4, Attendance of the Tribunal court for wildcare vs conservator of flora and fauna appeal for the rejection of their licence to take 35 joeys from the ACT. The tribunal heard how don fletcher/tams, who appeared instead of the conservator of flora and fauna, bashes the joeys to death. The tribunal commented 'not something to be practised at home'. The tribunal went away to consider the verdict. Wildcare lost the appeal, but expect to appeal the Tribunal's decision.

Phoned nsw animal liberation to stop the 550 kangaroo killing around the ACT reserves, court injunction applied for on Friday 3/7/09, the unnecessary, inhumane slaughter already commenced, phone interview on Monday 13/7/09 to hear if the court injunction will be granted. The inhumane, unnecessary slaughter stopped on Friday 10/7/09, therefore the court injunction was withdrawn.

Day 5, Rescue a female kangaroo from mugga lane, visit to Domestic Animals Services, with the dog faeces and urine still in the after hours holding pens, after 8 days of decaying in them, still only 1 bucket of water in one of the pens, the pens won't close, and still no secure padlocks installed to secure the safety of each dog, and to prevent anyone from letting the dogs out, or placing another dog into the same enclosure causing severe injuries and/or death, no food, the bucket is too big for small dogs to get to for drinking the water, no bedding, media interview.

Work Experience student was presented with his Certificate of Completion for his 5 day Work Experience with Wildlife Carers Group

7 January 2008 - Online - Crested Pigeon Training Course, Notes compiled by Nora Preston.

21-25 July 2008 - National Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference.notes are available on the website. There were various speakers, with Dr Howard Ralph and IFAW staff also speaking at the conference.

26-27 July 2008 - IFAW emergency rescue weekend workshop. I have the notes. Vet Dr Howard Ralph spoke about emergency care for orphans, while IFAW staff spoke about disasters and emergencies.

22 August 2008 - Online - Swans - Botulism, Notes compiled by Nora Preston, notes assisted by Vets Howard Ralph, and Sandi Hume

From May 2007 - ongoing - Kangaroo Management/Awareness/Education - Environment/Conservation (see News section) - Online Training Course - several local, national and international media releases. Investigations conducted, and Notes compiled by Nora Preston.

1 May 2007 - Lizard Online Training Course - Part 1, Notes Compiled by Nora Preston

24 May 2007 - Lizard Online Training Course - Part 2, Notes Compiled by Nora Preston

18 June 2007 - Possum Eviction, Treatment of Injured wildlife + Making Possum Boxes, Notes Compiled by Nora Preston

30 June 2007 - Online - Awareness on Impact of our wildlife of Dangerous Fishing Lines + Fishing Hooks discarded carelessly - Awareness of correct way to discard, etc, Notes compiled by Nora Preston

10 July 2007 - Southern Boobook Owl Online Training Course, Notes Compiled by Nora Preston

3 February 2007, Botanic Gardens, 4.30pm - FUNDRAISER - WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP INC is having their second fundraiser, with a difference. You will be able to enjoy a fun, relaxing and educational guided tour through the Botanical Gardens, and learn more about identifying our bird species, that is extremely important, to be able to feed the correct diet to the sick, injured orphaned birds you may have handed into you, and if that fails, then to identify their call. Afterwards, you are welcome to stay on and enjoy the last Botanic Gardens Twilight Concert that commences at 6pm. The Gardens will be open till 8pm. Don't forget your sun screen, hat, repellent (for flies and mosquitoes too), bottles of water, munchies, etc. and if you stay on for the Twilight Concert, a blanket, or low chairs, etc. Our guide is Jack Holland, who has been a keen amateur bird watcher in the ACT area for nearly 30 years. For the past 5 years he has been responsible for organising the Canberra Ornithologists Group's (COG) very active program of outings/field trips. During that time he has also lead many trips, ranging from short local ones to weekend camp-outs. Included in these have been a number of Birds for Beginners walks in the Botanic Gardens. Venue: Botanic Gardens car park, bus stop, near the Bookshop, Clunies Ross St. Acton. Date: Saturday 3 February 2007 Time: 4.30pm Cost: $5 BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL with payment prior to the event. Please Send cheque or money order, payable to Wildlife Carers Group Inc. to PO Box 3509, WESTON CREEK ACT 2611 Contact/Enquiries to NORA PRESTON on 24 hr mobile for sick, injured, orphaned native wildlife 0406 056 099 or email: wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au, coordinated by Nora Preston

18 November 2006 - Echidna/Platypus Training Course/AGM, Presented by Nora Preston, Notes Compiled by Dr Ann Fowler and Nora Preston, Coordinated by Nora Preston

30 September 2006 - Tortoise Training Course/Platypus Emergency Care, Presented by Nora Preston, Notes Compiled by Jan Spate, Nora Preston and Australian Platypus Conservancy, Coordinated by Nora

24 June 2006 - Bats/Some Basic Hints Training Course Presented by Greg Richards and Nora Preston, Notes Compiled by Nora Preston, Coordinated by Nora Preston

29 April 2006 - Snake Training Course, Presented by Tidbinbilla Wildlife Ranger Jason Ritzen, Coordinated by Nora Preston

19 March 2006 - Wombat Training Course, Presented by Jacquie MacPherson, Coordinated by Nora Preston

26 February 2006, - Macropod Training Course, Presented by Carola Vamvakaris, Coordinated by Nora Preston

15 January 2006 - Raptors Training Course, Presented by Peter Nolan, Coordinated by Nora Preston

18 December 2005 - Birds in General Training Course, Presented by Nora Preston, Notes Compiled by Michaela Blyton and Nora Preston, Coordinated by Nora Preston

November 2005 - Possums and Sugarglider Course, Presented by Di Stockbridge and Val Moran, Coordinated by Nora Preston

28 September 2005 - Reptiles Training Course, Presented by Peter Child, Coordinated by Nora Preston

 

THANK YOU to all the SPONSORS, HONORARY VETS, MEDIA, WILDLIFE GROUPS MEDIA, MEMBERS, PRESENTERS, GUIDES, PATRONS, HONORARY AUDITOR for making 2006 a huge success.

 

 

 

 


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