WRI e-newsletter

February 2015
Your experience of Wildlife Crime in Ireland - survey

Have you ever witnessed a wildlife crime in Ireland?
Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland is looking for your feedback in order to address any issues that may hinder the reporting of, or investigation into wildlife crimes in Ireland.
Results will be collated for discussion at the Wildlife Crime Conference in September - www.wri.ie/conference

We would really appreciate your help with this short survey. To fill it in go to
www.surveymonkey.com/s/RKPGQZ5 or Click HERE

Do you know someone else who's witnessed a wildlife crime? Please forward this survey link to them. We can't fix the problem if we don't know what it is..
IWRC Wildlife Rehabilitation Course
22 CVE Credits!!

Next Course Date Announcement!
Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland is delighted to announce that the next ‘Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Course’ will be held on the 2nd and 3rd May 2015, in the Pillo Hotel, Ashbourne, Co Meath
Lecture topics include: introduction to wildlife rehabilitation; anatomy and physiology; calculating fluid requirements; handling and restraint; thermoregulation; stress; shock; initial care and physical examination; nutrition and associated diseases; standards for housing; zoonoses; euthanasia and release criteria.
Practical topics include: gavage; physical restraint; injections; physical examinations; weighing and limb immobilisation.
TO REGISTER for the Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Course; click on the 'registration' tab on the Course website. Click HERE to go to the Course website
RACE (the Registry of Approved Continuing Education) has approved the IWRC Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Course for continuing education. RACE is one of the four key programs provided by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards: AAVSB. The purpose of the RACE program is to develop and apply uniform standards related to providers and programs of continuing education (CE) in veterinary medicine
Veterinary Wildlife Casualty & Poisons survey

Veterinary clinic wildlife health survey
Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland is looking for someone in all veterinary practices to take 10 mins out of their busy schedule to help us by filling in our Irish Wildlife Casualty & Poisons Survey.
This is a survey to find out what number and species of wildlife casualties were seen in the veterinary practice between January and December 2014.
The data collected by WRI from veterinary practices in our last survey was published in the Veterinary Ireland Journal Click HERE and has helped in discussions with University College Dublin re incorporating wildlife into the veterinary curriculum.
To fill in this survey go to
www.surveymonkey.com/s/VHGXCZD or Click HERE

Not working in a veterinary clinic? Please help us by asking someone in your local veterinary clinic to fill in this survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/VHGXCZD
Rehabilitation and release of badgers - UK Course

photo © Andrew Kelly
Been on the IWRC Wildlife Rehabilitation Course and want more?
Secret World Wildlife Rescue in Somerset; the largest badger rehabilitation facility in the UK, are running another Course on badgers; 'Rehabilitation and release of badgers' in April.
An in depth course for experienced rehabilitators, vets and veterinary nurses.
Course content: ecology, biology, legislation, badger crime, capture, handling, triage, examination, first aid, clinical conditions, tuberculosis, treatment in captivity, cub rearing, release, post release monitoring.
Suitable for those who have completed the IWRC Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation course, BSAVA Wildlife Vet Nurse Merit Award, or have a good basic knowledge of general wildlife rehabilitation
Click HERE for more information or to book your place on their website: www.secretworld.org

Ireland's threatened Barn Owls
photo © Andrew Kelly

BirdWatch Ireland new booklet on Ireland's threatened Barn Owls
According to BirdWatch Ireland; over the past 40 years, the Irish Barn Owl population has declined by 39%. As a result, the species is now on the Irish Red-list, meaning there are serious concerns about its conservation status.
BirdWatch Ireland hopes that with the publication of their new booklet: 'Barn Owls in Ireland', they will enthuse landowners, birdwatchers and policy-makers about this special bird and highlight the need to keep its conservation a national priority.
Click HERE to go to BWI's website where you can download a copy for free.
Expanding the role of wildlife detector dogs in Asia

Remarkable dogs combatting wildlife crime
A meeting held in China in December 2014 was part of international efforts to expand the number of wildlife detector dogs in use in Asia and to increase the range of products they can detect.  
In 2014, a dog named "Jin Kai" that was trained through a joint project between Ruili Drug Detector Dog Base and TRAFFIC in 2013 uncovered 16 cases of wildlife smuggling, a total of 15 kg of ivory, pangolin scales and rhino horns, according to Guangzhou Customs. To read more Click HERE

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