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, 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]
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]