WRI e-newsletter
March 2018
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NEWS - Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland
WRI Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference 2018
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We are excited to announce our 2018 conference VENUE..
As we mentioned in our last newsletter, we are hosting our 6th Conference in October this year. We're returning to the topic of wildlife rehabilitation.
DATE: 27th of October
VENUE: Rock Farm, Slane, Co Meath
Go directly TO REGISTER

To fully immerse in the wildlife theme, we're holding the conference on a FARM, not a hotel, so although it'll be indoors, we're recommending sensible shoes, a warm jumper and a soft cushion!! It'll be a conference to remember!
WRI's Wildlife Crime Awareness Campaign

If you turn a blind eye then you could be part of the problem 
Over the past month 1,670 envelopes with wildlife crime educational literature have been sent out to organisations nationwide.
A key component of this campaign is informing and empowering the wider community to recognise and report wildlife crime and suspicious activity.
To do this, we rely on community networks to spread information about wildlife crime and encourage members of the public to support the fight against it. 
If you are a community-based organisation, we are asking you to help by printing and displaying literature or even consider organising a talk on the subject.

More information: Contact details for NPWS: Tel: 01-888 3242 | E-mail: nature.conservation@ahg.gov.ie
Contact details for An Garda Síochána: Tel: 01-666 0000 | Email: gpro@iol.ie
Detailed information on wildlife crime, and who to call to report an incident, can be found at www.wildlifecrime.ie
NEWS - General
China to build Giant Panda National Park
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Sichuan Province launches program to build a giant panda national park  
The national park aims to help the endangered animals migrate around and strengthen their gene pool. Additionally, as most of the areas in the park are mountainous areas where residents live in extreme poverty, the national park will also serve as an opportunity for local governments' poverty reduction work.
The park, which was first approved in 2016, will cover 27,134 square kilometers, three times the area of Yellowstone National Park in the US. Full Panda Article
Badger Persecution in Northern Ireland during 2015

Report published by PAW NI, in Dec 2017   
This Report was published by the Badger Subgroup, of the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime Northern Ireland (PAW NI). This Subgroup is made up of representatives from 6 conservation / welfare organisations.

The aim of the Badger Persecution Report is to raise awareness of badger persecution in N.I and ideally, encourage reporting of incidents.

In the report, the data indicates badger baiting as the highest reported incident, Sept - Dec being the main months of criminal activity, and Co Down being a hotspot area in general.

Any information about wildlife crimes in Northern Ireland should be passed immediately to the PSNI on telephone 1017.

NPWS RAPTOR Report 2016

RAPTOR (Recording and Addressing Persecution and Threats to Our Raptors) Protocol
Working together, the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS), Regional Veterinary Laboratories, and the State Laboratory introduced a formal protocol for investigating bird of prey deaths in 2011. This is known as the RAPTOR  protocol.
The aim is to systematically determine the extent to which anthropogenic non-habitat related impacts (e.g. poisoning, persecution, disturbance, collisions, etc.) are threats to Ireland's native birds of prey.

The projected benefits are to provide intelligence for an informed approach to address the impact of these issues on our native birds of prey through education, law enforcement and forward planning.

The NPWS maintains a database of incidents and the
RAPTOR Reports can be accessed by clicking on the links on the RAPTOR protocol webpage  

BWI Seabird Survey
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Seabirds Count - the 4th national survey of Irish seabirds 
BirdWatch Ireland is looking for volunteer fieldworkers to help count Irish seabirds around our coasts, islands and lakes during 2018 and 2019.

Initial surveys starting in April of this year will focus on the Black Guillemot, a charismatic species that is widely distributed along our coasts.

Further surveys during May, June and early July will focus on birds nesting on cliffs and islands.
If you are interested in volunteering to assist with this very important national survey, please let BWI know by filling in their Registration Form
Seal Stranding Network Training and Seal Release
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More seal rescuers required

Seal Rescue Ireland are looking for volunteers to join their Stranding Network and are offering training for interested individuals.
Saturday 14th of April, 9am to 1pm
Bonmahon Lifeboat House, Co. Waterford
Followed by a seal release at Bonmahon beach at 2pm

For more information or to reserve a place, contact volunteer@sealrescueireland.org
Bat Training Workshop
Training session focusing on basic bat care

This workshop is open to wildlife rescuers, rehabilitators, veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and other bat workers or general public interested in bat care. Previous knowledge of bats is desirable but not essential.

Bat Rehabilitation Training Course
21st April 2018 1pm - 6pm
Athlone, Co Roscommon

To Register, visit Bat Conservation Ireland's website
or contact info@batconservationireland.org
Hedgehog Rehabilitation Workshop, UK
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Hedgehog rehabilitation: Sharing best practice

A new event for hedgehog carers/rehabilitators, vets, students, and researchers.
A full day of talks, discussions and practical training sessions in the Gloucestershire countryside. The programme will provide an opportunity for those with lots of experience, or very little, to share their experience, learn from others, and discuss the latest research affecting care of the nation’s favourite mammal.
Date April 7th 2018. Location Gloucester, UK
Red Alert! - Children's Book
"big issues for small people" inspire children to save our planet

Pick a place. Choose a creature. Discover its story and the danger it faces. Then find out how to help it survive. 15 wild and wonderful creatures, all on the IUCN Red List, need our help - this important book is interactive, engaging and informative, and will inspire children to save their planet!
Red Alert! is inspired and endorsed by the 'Red List' database maintained by International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Currently the list includes over 70,000 species known to be at risk, but it grows larger all the time. Buy the book
Cosmetics Company Funding

Charity Pot Funding from LUSH

Joshua, a supervisor in Lush Henry Street, Dublin has been in touch to encourage applications for funding from their company 'Lush' from Irish grassroots organisations.
"Charity Pot is a hand and body cream that not only helps your skin to look its best, but also adds a glow to the small grassroots charities we work with, as all proceeds go directly to them. With every purchase of Charity Pot, we donate 100% of the price (minus the taxes) to small, grassroots organisations that align with our ethics in the areas of animals, environment, and human rights."  Find out more at Charity Pot Fund
Irish Raptor Study Group Job
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Merlin Survey Co-ordinator

The Irish Raptor Study Group (IRSG) are looking for a focused, motivated and energetic individual to assist in managing and co-ordinating the Merlin Survey 2018 in the Republic of Ireland in partnership with BirdWatch Ireland and the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
The applicant must be skilled in data management, GIS and have experience of surveying for raptor species. Part time, paid position
CONTACT: IRSG Secretary Irene O’Brien secretary@irsg.ie by TOMORROW - Wednesday 28th March 2018
And Finally..
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Did you know

A blue whale's tongue alone can weigh as much as an elephant - its heart as much as a car
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