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 2015 I took more than 1500 phone calls; drove 25,000 kilometers; attended 471 rescues and caught hundreds of sick, injured or orphaned birds. The rescues 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, March was steady at WBR with 43 rescues and 2 major releases. The big news was the introduction of the Gold Coast’s first three Tackle Bins at The Spit. A further ten bins will be installed at three other fishing ‘hot spots’ as soon as Council provides metal posts. The public welcome for… [Read More]
Hi Everyone, February was a short month and I took some days off during the first week, yet WBR still attended 37 rescues. Among the birds rescued was this little bloke, reported running around a Surfers Paradise restaurant with a kebab skewer sticking out the side of his neck. Probably not what the diners were… [Read More]
Hi Everyone, rescues were brisk during the first month of the new year with 42 birds attended and several major releases. Added to the December total that’s more than one hundred rescues in the past two months. You could be excused for thinking our little friend at left is basking on a nice towel at… [Read More]
Hi Everyone, December was crazy at WBR with 59 rescues and several releases. Just before Xmas, amid all the activity, we held our AGM. Looking at the picture I know what you’re thinking. ‘Oh my God, I actually donate money to that lot’! 🙂 Well yeah, that is indeed the sad truth. But don’t let… [Read More]
Rescue activity was steady during November with 35 sick or injured birds needing help. The month was defined more by what I didn’t rescue; namely, very few fishing line entangled ibis. Only three in fact. That’s a record low and no doubt will come as welcome news to the Gold Coast’s many ibee. In sharp… [Read More]
Hi Everyone. It was quieter in October with a total of 37 rescues attended and several releases. The first two weeks looked very different. I was headed for a record 60 plus rescues for the month, but before that could happen I closed shop and took a break to avoid going insane (make that ‘more’… [Read More]
Hi Everyone, activity during September was brisk with a total of 42 rescues. It was a month of ‘baby birds’. Despite the WBR homepage clearly stating that I only rescue pelicans, swans or any bird that is hooked or fishing line entangled, and that ALL other enquiries should go to RSPCA or Wildcare, I still… [Read More]
Hi All, August was very brisk at WBR with a total of 51 rescues attended for the month. These rescues all took place during the first 23 days, after which I left for north QLD to meet with wildlife groups up that way. My trip north straddled the end of the month. I delivered trainings… [Read More]
Hi Everyone, July was another brisk month at WBR with a total of 42 rescues attended plus 4 significant releases. I’m writing this report in the carpark above beautiful Oxenford Weir where a drama is currently playing out. Ten days ago one of the local ospreys was reported with fishing line trailing from her left… [Read More]
Hi Everyone. June was busy at WBR with 45 birds needing attention, plus four major releases. Eleven swans and several ibis were among those rescued. People often ask me, ‘do you name all the birds you catch?’ (Fortunately, most are polite enough to not ask the more obvious question which is, ‘how does one man come… [Read More]