WRI e-newsletter
May 2018
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NEWS - Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland
Wildlife Talk in UCD
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Great opportunity to attend a 1 hour interactive wildlife talk 
'Triage and first aid in wildlife casualties'
by guest speaker: Liz Mullineaux
BVM&S DVM&S CertSHP MRCVS RCVS and Recognised Specialist in Wildlife Medicine (Mammalian)
Free Talk - All Welcome

Date: Tuesday 5th June
Time: 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Venue: Room 114 Vet Sciences Centre,
University College Dublin School of Veterinary Medicine, Belfield, Dublin 4

A chance to meet Liz before she comes in October to speak at our Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference.
Any queries contact us at: office@wri.ie
WRI Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference 2018
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2018 Conference - UPDATE    
We have another update for you on our one day 2018 Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference:
*Mary Reynolds talk title - check website for details

Date: 27th October 2018

Venue: Rock Farm, Slane, Co Meath


We look forward to seeing you there!
WRI's Advanced Wildlife Veterinary Treatment Course


Wild animals also deserve the best possible treatment 
We ran the first of these Courses in 2016 and it was a great success. So, we are delighted to announce that we will be running this course THE DAY AFTER our Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference. This is to facilitate veterinary professionals who are attending the Conference, and want to learn more!

This Course concentrates on the theory and practice of wildlife treatment available to veterinary practioners. It is limited to just 20 attendees. This course is open to anyone IN THE VETERINARY PROFESSION - regardless of your wildlife experience.

Credits: 11 CVE credits
Date: 28th October 2018
Venue: Ashbourne, Co Meath
WRI's Introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation Course


Basic Course date finally announced!  
This training course focuses on the theory and practice of wildlife rehabilitation. Topics include: the legal and ethical issues regarding wildlife rehabilitation; safe rescue and handling; how to perform a physical examination; first aid and common ailments; what to feed wildlife; how to house them; zoonotic diseases; and release considerations. The highlight for most attendees- the practical sessions!! (on cadavers), include: capture and handling; physical examinations; injections; tube feeding; bandaging; etc..
The course is limited to an intimate group of twenty attendees. The course is open to anyone - regardless of your wildlife experience.

Credits: 22 CVE credits
Date: 21st & 22nd July 2018
Venue: Ashbourne, Co Meath
NEWS - General
Beautiful Bioluminescence Images
© John H Moore

San Diego's coastline lit up by a natural blue glow  
People have flocked to the coastline to see the natural light display in the ocean, which according to scientists is caused by a red tide.
The red tide is created by algae filled with microorganisms called phytoplankton that light up when they are jostled. Article and photos.
Wildlife Crime Prosecutions in the UK

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds - Wildlife Crime magazine
Here is the spring issue of the RSPB's 'Legal Eagle' rounding up the biggest UK wildlife crime prosecutions, news and comment.
Jenny Shelton, Legal Eagle Editor: "Last year drew to a close with two more prosecutions – one for an attempt to sell endangered animal parts and another for shooting a buzzard. Several more enquiries were launched, some involving attacks on swans and another for a kestrel found shot on Christmas Day. Thames Valley Police also issued an appeal for information after six dead raptors and a raven were found together in an Oxfordshire village. We’re awaiting toxicology results from Natural England."
These stories and more are in this edition.  

River Birds Survey
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Nesting River Birds in Built Structures Survey 2018 
BirdWatch Ireland are looking for details of your sightings of all riverine species using areas within man made structures to nest. This behaviour is commonly observed with Dippers using bridges, Sand Martins using quay walls and Grey Wagtails using holes in old mill walls to build nests for example. They are especially interested in nesting records of; Dipper, Sand Martin, Grey Wagtail, and Kingfisher.
Here's a link to the 2017 Survey Report
Badger Rehabilitation Protocol
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Excellent document for vets & rehabbers

In  2000  the  then  Ministry  for  Agriculture  Fisheries  and  Food  (MAFF) in the UK questioned  the responsibility of wildlife groups in their release of badgers back to the wild, with respect to the possible transmission of bovine tuberculosis to cattle. Wildlife groups, farmers and scientists were brought together in a series of meetings to discuss this subject. The Badger Trust, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and Secret World Wildlife Rescue had already collaborated for a number of years on the rehabilitation and release of badgers. Most members of the wildlife groups were already working to high standards and testing badgers for bTB, based upon discussions with specialist scientists.
As a consequence of the MAFF discussions the wildlife organisations produced a protocol for best practice, with the primary purpose of returning healthy badgers back to the wild in a responsible way that has high regard for animal welfare and for the control of disease. The protocol was also written to assist those involved with the rehabilitation of badgers, including vets, who may not have the information necessary to ensure  that  badgers  are  treated  correctly.  The  protocol  was  published  on  the  SWWR website from 2003 and promoted in veterinary journals. Science and knowledge relating to bTB is ever changing and this Badger Rehabilitation Protocol document is an updated version the 2003 protocol.
Weekend Wildlife Festival in Galway
Go Wild in Galway

Go Wild in Galway is a free festival of wildlife taking place across Galway city from dawn until dusk on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May.
There will be talks, field trips, walks and workshops on the native wildlife of Galway city including terrestrial mammals, birds, bats, invertebrates, fish, pollinators, plants, native raptors, cetaceans and how nature benefits your health & wellbeing!  
Worth 1000 Words
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Potential misinterpretations of images

An internationally applicable message taken from the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council's latest newsletter - 'I consider working in wildlife rehabilitation a lifestyle and not a job. There aren't many jobs where you are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This lifestyle is demanding and can easily isolate you from seeing your friends or family. Social media, such as Facebook, have become a social outlet for many of us looking to network, share our successes, meet new friends, and promote our causes.

I’ve noticed as social media gains popularity, so has posting inappropriate photos of wildlife. These photos are being posted by well-meaning rehabilitators, biologists, conservation officers and others working in the field. Many of the photos are taken with pride, and as an expression of the love that they have for their work, not realizing their photo can be misinterpreted by not only the public but by friends, family, and colleagues too. As ambassadors for wildlife, we need to lead by example both at work and our personal lives. Not wearing the proper PPE, holding animals in a trophy fashion, and showing inappropriate affection are just some examples of actions we want to avoid to protect our patients as well as people. A picture can say a thousand words but unfortunately, we do not have control over those words and can unintentionally send the wrong message.

As environmental stewards we have a responsibility to make the necessary efforts to represent wildlife in the way we want people to see them, as wild animals. Making sure we post appropriate photos is one way of doing this.'
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