WRI e-newsletter
March 2016
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Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland News

IWRC Wildlife Rehabilitation Course
One place has just come up for the March Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Course on the 26th & 27th March (Easter weekend) 
No further dates are scheduled at this stage, but keep an eye on these newsletters as subsequent course dates will be announced here first.

The Course website also has a detailed programme, report and past participants' reviews.
The two day course has been accredited by the Veterinary Council of Ireland for 22 CVE credits
General Wildlife News / Info
@ Kildare Animal Foundation


Home required for Rodney the Coypu
Rodney is a male Coypu (also called Nutria) who was found living in the wild in County Tipperary in April of last year. He was reported to the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) by a fisherman who spotted and photographed him.
The NPWS trapped him and he was brought to Kildare Animal Foundation for further care.
He is a semi aquatic creature who eats vegetation. We feed him on a range of vegetables and some fruit. He is in good health and is used to being around people. He is a non-native species so needs a permanent home in a very secure enclosure with access to water and housing with a heat lamp in the winter.
For more information email Dan at kafwildlife@gmail.com

Rodney makes the Irish news: Read article

 Volunteering - Shannon Callows Bird Conservation
© K. Bismilla

 © www.akellyphoto.com

Fencing volunteers required - BirdWatch Ireland
Early in 2009, BirdWatch Ireland erected a predator-proof fence around one of our key breeding wader sites in the Shannon Callows, close to our regional office in Banagher, Co. Offaly: Lapwing, Redshank, Curlew and Snipe all breed on site. Over 3.5km long and both fox- and mink-proof, the fence has proved a huge success, with many breeding pairs successfully fledging young.

We are now looking for volunteers to help carry out maintenance work on the fence during March and April, prior to the 2016 breeding season. This is an opportunity to directly help in the conservation of breeding waders in the Shannon Callows, while at the same time meeting like-minded people and obtaining experience in conservation management.

This post will involve manual work outdoors, which will at times be repetitive. Attention to detail is crucial. A good level of fitness is required and candidates must be comfortable working close to water. Boat skills are desirable. Previous experience is not essential, as full training will be given.

For more information, please contact
Seán Kelly, our Breeding Wader Management Officer, by calling 057-9151676
or by emailing skelly@birdwatchireland.ie
Marine Wildlife Monitoring Research Trip
© Seiche

Research and field course - Seiche Training Limited

Advances in Marine Wildlife Monitoring with Emphasis on Acoustics and Visual Techniques

Marine wildlife research is evolving and changing thanks to exciting new monitoring technologies in this field and Seiche is at the forefront of developing these advanced technologies.
For the first time, Seiche is running a 7 day field course on an island off the East Coast of Ireland, where we will be utilising some of these new technologies.  Date: 9 – 16 May 2016
Wildlife Module in Animal Science Courses
© Carlow Institute of Further Education

'Wild Animal Managment' module - Carlow Institute of Further Education

Carlow Institute of Further Education run a one year full time course in Animal Care Fetac Level 5 and a follow on full time one year course in Animal Science with a module in "Wild Animal Managment" which includes a Wildlife First Aid module.
For more information on other animal care courses and wildlife related educational opportunities see the Education and Careers page of our website
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