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April 2020
NEWS - Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland
WRI Wildlife Webinar: May 2020


Q&A with vet Vicki Baldrey on 'Wildlife casualties in general practice'
Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland is excited to introduce our first ever 'Wildlife Matters' Webinar.
Guest Speaker for this webinar will be Vicki Baldrey, an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine.
Many of you will already know Vicki as we're lucky enough to have her as an Instructor for our WRI Wildlife Courses.

Vicki will be online to answer questions relating to her excellent article 'Wildlife casualties in general practice' published this month in the Veterinary Ireland Journal.
Some of the topics covered in Vicki's article:  triage, hospitalisation; clinical examination, species specific common conditions, treatment, euthanasia, and drugs & dosages.
Audience: Recommended for vets, vet nurses and wildlife rehabilitators
Date: Monday 11th May 
Time: 5pm - 6pm
Fee: €15
Accreditation: 1 CVE Credit
NB: Please read Vicki's Article in advance.
Feel free to  submit questions in advance to wri.dand@gmail.com
Wildlife Rehabilitation Continues

Tough times    
Belated Happy Easter Saturday all!
We hope you are keeping well in these strange times. It’s an extremely hard time for everyone including wildlife rehabilitators.
This is the busiest time of year for you, being orphan season. We are hearing calls and admissions are on the low side compared to previous years. One of the theories is there are less vehicles on the road which hopefully is leading to less road casualties and less orphans. Let’s take this human time out as time for nature to heal and recover.

We wanted to reach out and let you all know we are here if you are worried or in need of any advice or information regarding the current Covid-19 restrictions or any wildlife rehabilitation issues you may have, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Below are some links we feel might be useful:
World Organisation for Animal Health - Q&A on the 2019 Coronavirus
American Veterinary Medical Foundation: SARS-CoV-2 in animals
Minding Our Mental Health during COVID-19
Convicting people of wildlife crimes is extremely difficult and time consuming, so each month we're going to draw your attention to interesting cases (both old and new).
Continuing our tales of Past Prosecutions - this month we go back to 2016
Wildlife Crime Prosecution: NPWS

Vegetation cutting outside the legislated time frame        
[2016] On the 20th July 2015 John Long, Long's Plant Hire, Grange, Carlingford, was 'grubbing' or cutting the grass verge and areas adjacent to the hedge, outside the legislated time frame. The judge dismissed the substantive charge of 'grubbing', however Long was charged in 2016 with obstruction and failing to stop and comply with a Ranger. Congratulations to investigating Ranger Kieran Buckley for this successful outcome.

Restrictions on cutting hedgerows and burning are in place between the 1st of March and the 31st of August each year, and the massive fires in the Wicklow Mountains this month will have caused untold damage to wildlife.
More Info - 'Case Details' tab on the 'Prosecutions' page of wildlifecrime.ie
Wildlife Crime Ireland website offers:
    Basic information on wildlife crime
    Links to further information
    Advice on Recognising & Recording a crime
    Contact details for Reporting a wildlife crime 
Worldwide Wildlife Webcams

The free wildlife webcams that let you watch animals all over the world

As lockdown continues, take a virtual voyage to some of the world's best nature hotspots instead through Explore.org, the largest live nature cam network on the planet.
The fascinating free resource aims to 'bring nature to you, raw, unscripted, and unedited' from around the world.

Explore.org has hundreds of live streams offering you a window to the world, you can watch elephants, zebra and giraffes at the Tau waterhole in South Africa; look out for sharks in the Atlantic Ocean; and spot polar bears at Wapusk National Park in Canada.
Closer to home, there is also a webcam on a Sea Eagle nest on Garnish Island, Cork!! 
Not all wildlife are thriving

Nature’s comeback? No, the coronavirus pandemic threatens the world’s wildlife

Social safety nets are a widespread feature of many industrialised economies, keeping the poor and vulnerable from destitution, citizens of many low-income countries simply don’t have such back-up from their governments, leaving them incredibly vulnerable. For many, the forest and the ocean will provide their safety net.

Exploiting natural resources is often the only option for the destitute. Wild animals, fish and forest trees are rarely owned by anyone, and they are found in rural areas where policing is difficult. There are also few technical barriers to exploiting them. So, when people are left with nothing, they can always find something to eat or sell in the forest.
  Read More Here
Tawny Owl wing repair
@Battle Flatts Vets
Imping procedure video

A wild Tawny Owl in the UK managed to decimate nearly all it's primary and secondary feathers giving vets Gemma and Mark fromBattle Flatts Avian and Exotic Services, quite the job fixing her up!
Many of you will know wildlife vet Mark Naguib as we're delighted to have him as another of WRI's Wildlife Course and UCD Instructors.
In cases where broken wing or tail feathers greatly impact the flight ability of a bird. This procedure; Imping, is done under general anaesthesia and involves using the existing feather shaft, in the bird, to attach a new identical feather.
It is imperative that the correct Primary, Secondary or Tail feather is used to allow for correct balance and flight - for this reason it can be helpful to save a set of your bird's naturally moulted feathers (whether it be a pet bird that has died, or a rescued wild bird that was euthanised due to the severity of it's injuries).

Since her procedure, this breeding female has been rehabilitated by Jean Thorpe and released with all new feathers intact.
A fast-pace video shows the evolution of this bird's new set of wing feathers! Watch Video Here
Hedgehog Survey - Help Needed
Understanding Irish Hedgehogs

The Irish Hedgehog Survey is seeking to build a greater understanding of hedgehog distribution and population status across the island of Ireland. The hedgehog is one of Ireland’s most familiar mammal species, yet there is a scarcity of information on its status in Ireland. Studies from Britain and elsewhere have found hedgehog numbers in steep decline due to habitat loss and fragmentation from changing farming practices and development. As the environment in Ireland is experiencing similar pressures the hedgehog population in Ireland may be similarly affected. To help, visit the Hedgehog Survey 2020
And Finally..
Low, Forest, Rainforest, Environment
Did you know

Bee-eaters need to eat around 225 bees a day when they are raising their young; they first rub the bees on their perch to remove the sting.
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