Working towards my wildlife certification in queensland
Birds are my absolute passion. I am lucky to be living in Queensland because it has the greatest biodiversity out of all the Australia states, with over 630 species. I recently became a member of Wildcare Australia Inc and one of the perks is access to workshops on how to handle and care for wildlife. After completing a sequence of the workshops, you can get your wildlife handling certification and even care for wildlife in your home as a volunteer. Wildcare's workshop on native birds was fantastic, and I'm looking forward to completing more in the future!
What we learned
Over almost 6 hours we learned everything about Queensland's birds: identification, anatomy, common illnesses, how to check for injuries, how to capture and calm a bird, feeding, supplies, diet, how to release birds back into the wild and more. There were hands on demonstrations including wrapping techniques for securing birds for inspection and practice measuring medication. An electronic version of the workshop notes was provided after the course, with hard copy versions in color available for a few dollars as well.
Did you know?
~ The most rescued birds in Queensland are lorikeets and ducks
~ You shouldn't hold a bird tightly because they can suffocate. Their bodies are filled with air sacs.
~ The reasons for a bird needing to be rescued include: trauma, bad weather (falling from the nest), attack, disease, rejection, bird napping and becoming lost or orphaned
~ You should NEVER feed a bird milk, chocolate, bread, avocado, honey or sugar
Opinion of the course
I was very impressed with the quality of the workshop. Membership to Wildcare Australia Inc is only $38.50 AUD per year, with cheaper rates for families and longer term members. The presenters were very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. I would 100% recommend this workshop to others and look forward to future workshops. Click here to learn more about Wildcare's workshops in 2017.
Have you cared for wild birds or other animals? Leave a comment about your experience below!
is an American educator, creator and wellness influencer who has been living the abroad life since 2009! She is bird obsessed, always a travel jinx and pays the bills by teaching English. Learn how to get abroad and live your best life once you're there!