NWC Grants now open

Wildlife rehabilitator enclosure and equipment grants program for 2017 – 2018 opens 10 JUNE 2017

Announcing the opening of the 2017-2018 wildlife rehabilitator grants program, NSW Chair, Audrey Koosmen said:

“how pleased my committee and I are that Representatives and Alternates present at the NWC May General Meeting voted to increase both the maximum grant amount and to double the total Grant Budget for 2017 Grant applications”.

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FAWNA Autumn 2017 Newsletter

Autumn 2017 Newsletter

Welcome everyone to our Autumn newsletter, I would like to discuss a few points in the introduction to our newsletter.

Firstly, thank you to all the members who responded to the Office of Environment & Heritage/NPWS Rehabilitator Survey. FAWNA was one of the highest responders from all the rehabilitation groups in NSW; I hope this reflects our belief in how important our voice is to what finally happens to the structure of the wildlife rehabilitation volunteer sector under Regulations in the new Biodiversity Conservation Act.

Currently, Veterinarians and related personnel are responding to a survey of wildlife rehabilitation in NSW and once completed we can expect results will be published from all the surveys and interactions.

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Wedge-tailed Eagle survives dunking in the Hastings River

Wedge-Tailed Eagle

This wedge-tailed eagle is on the mend and ready for release after bridge workers rescued the floundering bird from the Hastings River.

Thanks to the quick-thinking of two LendLease bridge construction workers on the Oxley Highway to Kundabung Pacific Highway upgrade, a wedge-tailed eagle has a chance of a free life again.

While working on the bridge over the Hastings River, two bridge construction workers saw a large bird floundering in the water, and their recovery protocol was put in place with a call to the foreman, then his call to environment co-ordinator, Clive Wightwick, on site.

“The intrepid rescuers went into the river and managed to wrap up the bird in a life jacket and bring it ashore where it was wrapped up further in an all-weather jacket and taken to Port Macquarie Veterinary Hospital,” said FAWNA president Meredith Ryan. Continue Reading →

Summer 2017 Newsletter

I trust everyone had a happy holiday season with family and friends and also had a bit of a chance for a rest. We had an extraordinarily busy year in 2016 with some excellent outcomes for our wildlife, reporting nearly 3500 creatures to National Parks and Wildlife Service for the last financial year. I am glad we have had a bit of an administrative go-slow because the Ryan household has had a very wide variety and a great quantity of fauna in over the past few months, sometimes with up to 28 fauna mouths to
feed numerous times each day. It has slackened off now thank goodness.

Please enjoy our Summer 2017 Newsletter by downloading it from here.

Meredith Ryan
President FAWNA