Since 2005 I have provided a free rescue service for injured native birds on the Gold Coast. During that time thousands of wild birds that would otherwise have suffered a miserable death, or been left seriously injured or maimed, got the help they needed. This is a unique service because I specialize in catching ‘flight capable’ birds. I’m the only full time rescuer along this 50 kilometre coastline that can catch these birds.
(Scroll down to read the latest monthly Capture Report. Note … donors automatically receive the next 12 reports)
While conducting wildlife rescue work in 2017 I took more than 1500 phone calls; drove 25,000 kilometers; attended 531 rescues and caught hundreds of sick, injured or orphaned birds. Rescues in 2015 included …
Most rescues can be completed in two to three hours, but sometimes it can take days or even weeks just to track down and catch one bird. That time increases when hospitalization is needed along with release at a later date. Then there is administration, web commitments and time attending the phone. The financial cost of providing all this is considerable.
If you love wildlife and would like to assist this unique rescue service please visit the Donations page and make a contribution. Any amount, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated and helps to ensure that emergency support is available for sick and injured birds, 7 days a week. Your help makes all the difference.
A BIG thank you from me and the birds.
Beginning July 2014 I’ve posted a monthly Capture Report so that supporters can follow the activities of Wild Bird Rescues GOLD COAST. Each report contains pictures and inspiring stories about birds that were saved during that month, plus any special activities of the rescue service.
For daily action log onto Wild Bird Rescues GOLD COAST Facebook.
Hi Everyone. January was very busy with 53 rescues attended. What ever happened to the good old days back in November and December last year when rescue numbers were closer to 40 and more manageable. The extraordinary thing about January was the number of swans that got into trouble. I had to catch 25 birds!… [Read More]
Hi Everyone, December was a lot quieter than recent months with 36 rescues attended, plus several releases. The lower number was due in part to some restrictions I’d made. These had become necessary because lots of people who learn about WBR from the website call without heeding the very clear message accompanying the phone number…. [Read More]
Hi Everyone, Delighted to report that rescue numbers were lower last month with 41 birds attended in November, plus several major releases. Rescues for ibis and particularly for swans were very low. This is a great result because GC’s swans have had a real hammering all year, WBR having to catch almost 100 birds, many… [Read More]
Hi Everyone, October was flat out at WBR with 55 sick or injured birds needing help, plus I did several major releases. I managed to generate quite a lot of publicity for the many hooked and entangled birds caught in September. Adding to last month’s appearance on 7 Local News were two more appearances this… [Read More]
Hi Everyone With only 32 rescues in September it looks like a quiet month, especially compared to the last 3 months, but in fact it was busy. I was out of action for the first week, then on light duties for another few days, however with the kind help of Mary (aka The Blue Bird… [Read More]
Hi Everyone, August was another very busy month at WBR. Including releases I attended 54 sick or injured birds. That makes 162 rescues performed in the past 3 months. Sheeesh! Last year WBR completed more than 500 hundred rescues but if this keeps up 2017 could top the 600 mark. Not good for the birds…. [Read More]
Hi Everyone, July was another busy month at WBR with a total of 55 rescues attended. With so many rescues the only way I can remember which stories to include in the Capture Report is to make a running list. Otherwise it all becomes a bit of a blur. Happily July wasn’t all hard work… [Read More]
Hi Everyone. Activity was brisk during June with Wild Bird Rescues attending 53 creatures in distress. We’re at the end of the financial year and I’m delighted to report that donations received during ’16/’17 were sufficient to the cover the cost of running this rescue service. It’s the first time in the twelve years WBR… [Read More]
Hi Everyone. Rescues were brisk at WBR during May with a total of 48 sick or injured birds needing urgent help. As always there was a variety of species but sadly our swans didn’t do well at all. In total I rescued 11. I know what you’re thinking .. forget about the swans Rowley and… [Read More]
Hi Everyone, April was quieter at WBR with only 30 rescues attended and 3 releases. It was a very good month for the ibis; a species that bears the brunt of fishing line entanglements. They were largely spared during April, only two birds needing to be caught and treated, both in Nerang. But don’t think… [Read More]