WRI e-newsletter
October 2014
Wildlife Rehabilitation Course
NEW - reassesed and now even more CVE Credits: 22!!
Course Date Announcement
Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland is delighted to announce that the next ‘Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Course’ will be held on the 15th and 16th November 2014, 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; first email office@wri.ie to find out if there are places remaining, then you'll be emailed the Registration Form.
Click here to go to the Course website
Release sites needed for rehabilitated wildlife
Soft release sites needed for wildlife
'Soft release' describes a gradual return to the wild whereby an animal receives support, shelter and food until it is entirely able to fend for itself. A soft release takes place from a release cage or aviary on-site. The animal has spent time in the outdoor enclosure and is familiar with the sights, sounds, smells, etc. of the area and is aware of the activity of other wildlife in the area.
Do you fit the description below?
Live in a secluded/remote countryside location, away from main or secondary roads, bordered by fields or forest, in an area where hunting is prohibited, near water of some kind i.e. river/lake/pond

If you're interested, please Click HERE to read more about this opportunity.
WRI Board Member Vacancies
Directors wanted
Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland is seeking volunteers for one-year renewable positions on its Board of Directors, for individuals with industry experience in any of the list below:
Legal Services
Project/Event Management
If you're interested please contact Clyde at clydehut@yahoo.com
Dangers for hedgehogs at Halloween
photo Bev Truss
Save Hedgehogs at Halloween Bonfires
The time is coming for hedgehogs to prepare to go into hibernation. Sheltered from the wind and the rain, they crawl into warm and dry piles of wood. The unlit halloween bonfire is an oasis for many animals in the winter but when all those bonfires are lit, they can suffer horrific injuries or even burn to death.
If a bonfire has been sitting in the same spot for days, organisers worried about killing hedgehogs - as well as smaller animals such as frogs which have crawled in - could assemble a group of volunteers and simply move all the wood 20m away. This would give the animals a chance to escape.
Take a look at other 'hog hazards' HERE. The Hogsprickle provides Rescue and First Aid for Sick or Injured Hedgehogs in Ireland

Irish Bat Conference in Cork
8th Irish Bat Conference and Workshops -  October 11th - 12th
Talks from university researchers, ecological consultants and NGOs. Themes include bat migration, bats and wind farms, genetics and longevity, general ecology and conservation. Guest speakers include Dr Richard Holland, Queens University Belfast and Daniel Hargreaves IUCN Bat Specialist. Day conference on Saturday 11th, half day of workshops on Sunday 12th. For conference queries email niamhr@batconservationireland.org
WRI looking for Admin volunteers
Project Co-ordinator / Admin volunteer wanted by Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland

Ideally the applicant will have an interest in animals /conservation. Good oral and written communication skills, and be computer literate. Have good time management and organisational skills, and ideally have past experience in some of the areas listed below:
    Computer/ Web
    Event management/ Fundraising
    Phone Support/ Information Giver
    PR/ Marketing/ Market Research.
If you're interested please fill in the Application Form on our website HERE and emailing it to office@wri.ie so we have a better idea of who you are and how we could best match your skills and interests to jobs that need doing.
Careers Working with Wildlife
photo Dan Donoher
Working with Wildlife
Careers working with wildlife can involve hands-on care, preservation of animal habitats, or research and management jobs that may take place in an office.
We have an 'Education and Careers' page Click here on our WRI website which we put up in response to the number of queries from people as to how they could get a job working with wildlife. On the page we have a list of contact details for internships, webinars, Courses and distance learning courses.
Rehabilitators in Ireland do an amazing job and are always happy to hear of offers of help, be it funding, items from a wish list, or hands-on helpers. Contact your local rehabber from the contacts page on IWM. Click here for contact details for a rehabber near you.
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