Category Archives: Bird Projects

Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Enclosures needed.

URGENTLY NEEDED! Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Enclosures. 

Sometimes, our persecuted Wildlife gets lucky. It doesn’t happen often, but it happens occasionally, when passionate people decide to pour their heart and soul into #EthicalConservation. 

In Johannesburg, South Africa, our Wildlife just got lucky.

 

The team at the Jhb Wildlife Veterinary Hospital is dedicated to treating and rehabilitating small to medium-sized urban wildlife.
A few weeks ago, Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation did a surprise #SupplyDrop for them, stocking them up on veterinary medicines and consumables numbering hundreds of items, to the value of over R20 000. This was a great start, but we have to do more! All the animals here are treated at no charge, and the aim is always successful re-wilding and release. We have to put the animals first, be their voice, and give them the best chance at survival.
*Anything worth doing, is worth doing well*

A substantial number of the patients are raptors, and they need specialist care. In the pictures you can see a selection of the beautiful birds of prey who have been treated here. 
***Urgently Needed right now is 3 x Rehabilitation Enclosures for these winged wonders. Having the proper enclosures aid rehabilitation and improves the survival rate of rescues.

The enclosures are made out of a steel framework with gate, diamond-mesh covered and completely enclosed in shade-netting to minimize trauma and external stimuli. They are 5m in length, and 2.4m wide, so that a pre-flight test can easily be accommodated 😉.
We have sourced the manufacturers, and just need that magical ingredient – your support – to make these life-saving enclosures a reality.
The cost is R25 000 (1,800 USD) for all three enclosures. The injured Birds of Prey really need this. Every single cent will help towards being the wind beneath their wings, and will help set them up for that sweet flight of freedom. 

As always we will keep you updated on progress, from the building to the delivery and installation of these critically needed rooms. 

Please help by donating here to Support #RaptorRehab at: goo.gl/eqQSlR and help us build this for them! You can also donate directly at: paypal.me/wildheartwildlife 
We cannot do it without you.

#WHWF

#EthicalConservation

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Bird Slaughter in Cyprus

Chris Packham joined the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) http://m.komitee.de/node/31
https://m.facebook.com/CABS2011/

and their bird protection operation  on #Cyprus last autumn and made a report about his visit.

You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oFOkqTtXFw

And to quote him: Please watch – share – act: http://www.komitee.de/en/donations

Millions of songbirds are being illegally slaughtered on Cyprus . Please watch , share and act – http://tinyurl.com/kxtmg2m  #stoptheslaughter

I have added a few short clips of situations Chris Packham experienced while he was with the CABS team.Please watch.

Short Video:

Cyprus: Massacre on Migration – watch full film http://tinyurl.com/k44ry2l  Then please take action http://tinyurl.com/kxtmg2m  #stoptheslaughter

Short Video:

An estimated 15,000 birds killed daily in autumn on British soil in Cyprus . Full film http://tinyurl.com/k44ry2l  Act now http://tinyurl.com/kxtmg2m  #stoptheslaughter

Short video:

Trapped , unable to move to escape the trappers . Full film http://tinyurl.com/k44ry2l Act now http://tinyurl.com/kxtmg2m #stoptheslaughter  Please share

Don’t offer Dryer Lint to Birds

Offering nesting material in spring is a sure way to attract birds to take up residence in your backyard, but not all possible materials are safe and suitable for birds. The idea of saving dryer lint to give to nesting birds is pervasive but can actually endanger both adult birds and nestlings.
https://www.thespruce.com/dryer-lint-as-nesting-material-386626?utm_source=facebook

Vanishing Birds due Mobile Phones

This is a older post from 2007 but nothing has been done since.Further below you find a video clip from Dr Barrie Trower on the dangers of microwaves,f4om 2010.Same problem-not much has been done since..Are we really that stupid as a species to prefer to kill of the ecosystem and to extinct our own species on the end for the sake of mobile phone comfort? You as the reader decides….

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Birds near mobile phone base stations do not breed well Dr. Mae-Wan Ho

http://www.i-sis.org.uk/MPVB.php
In addition to watch a clip by microwave expert Dr Barrie Trower.

According to studies which have been done with microwaves during the cold war tbey cause infertility after the 3rd generation.So a long term study on the natural world is urgently required…

Radio Interview with Threatened Species Commissioner of Australia

Radio interview with the Threatened Species Commissioner of Australia,truly a eyeopener.Australia’s current situation should be a warning for every country who has feral cats.

Feralcats cover 99.8% of Australia and have been mauling our marsupials to death. Each feral cat devours at least 1,000 Australian animals per year.  Yesterday I had a yarn with Wendy Harmer from ABC Sydney about the ambitious #ThreatenedSpecies Strategy target I am implementing to cull 2 million #FeralCats by 2020 to save our remarkable Australian animals from #extinction. We are one year into this three year program.  211,000 #FeralCats were culled last year.  And many species trajectories are already turning for the better.  Wendy was appalled to learn of death threats I’ve had from people who love #FeralCats.  While I agree that it is totally not OK to threaten people with violence and death, these threats have personally strengthened my resolve to ramp up our efforts to control #FeralCats.  I’m more committed than ever to supporting Australians who are tackling #FeralCats.  It would be inhumane for us not to act.  Accepting that #FeralCats belong in Australia would be like removing citizenship and choosing #extinction for the bilby, numbat, mala wallaby and another 121 native Australian animals.  Tackling #FeralCats is humane, effective and justifiable.  Thanks Wendy Harmer and our ABC for getting the message out.  Here’s our yarn.  http://www.abc.net.au/radio/sydney/programs/mornings/cat-cull/8285782ABC News 24 ABC News Invasive Species Council PestSmart

Threatened Species commissioner Twitter:

https://mobile.twitter.com/tscommissioner?lang=en

Threatened Species Commissioner Facebook:
https://m.facebook.com/TSCommissioner/?locale2=en_GB
Threatened Species Commissioner Government website:
https://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/commissioner

Stop the Bird Killing in the Mediterranean

Please read as there is more in the link.

If you can afford it and if it feels right for you please donate.If not please share as someone else might like to.
‘Exhausted migratory birds are trapped in glue, in agony from thirst and exhaustion. Squeezed to death, tangled in fine nets, millions are massacred this way every year before they can reach their breeding grounds. In an Egyptian market, ducks and orioles with broken wings are carried on a merchant’s back alive before being killed. Countless raptors and other migratory birds such as Turtle Doves await their fate in cages. Many of you will have seen our graphic video of illegal bird killing practices in the Mediterranean (it reached over 3 million people in three days), or you may have been shocked to learn this at last year’s Birdfair.

 

The 2015 Birdfair coincided with the launch of our first ever assessment of the scope and scale of illegal killing of birds in the Mediterranean region. The report, entitled The Killing, estimated that approximately 25 million birds may be illegally killed in the region every year. Twice a year on migration through the Mediterranean, Sociable Lapwing, Red-footed Falcon, Eastern Imperial Eagle and 22 other globally threatened species are running the gauntlet.

 

What has BirdLife International been doing to restore a safe flyway for these migratory birds? Our objective is to end illegal and indiscriminate killing of birds and ensure legal, responsible and sustainable hunting – in areas where hunting does take place. It is a long road ahead, but progress is being made. We’re making a three-pronged attack in the Eastern Mediterranean: reducing the killing of protected species, improving the protection of key sites for migratory birds, and ensuring adequate law enforcement.

 

We can stop this massacre but we need your help. Please donate now to fund our work. If you only wish to keep up with our updates, you may leave us your e-mail address.”
http://www.birdlife.org/africa/news/stopping-bird-killing-mediterranean

Maltese Bird Killers should look for a new hobby


Please read through all 3 links: 
Maltese bird trappers should look for another hobby: CABS has praised the European Commission for its efforts to take Malta to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over its controversial decision to allow finch trapping. In a press release the NGO accused the Maltese government of painting a false picture by describing the trapping season as “well controlled”. “According to our observations the opposite is the case with massive illegal trapping and a total lack of enforcement in spring, hundreds of trapping stations built in protected areas  and rampant illegal trade and smuggling of many thousand of birds each year. Above all, allowing finch trapping is a clear breach of the European Bird´s Directive and Malta´s accession treaty to the European Union.  Instead of wasting Maltese taxpayers money to defend the indefensible Mr. Galdes should have the guts to honestly tell the trappers that their cause is lost and that they should look for another hobby”, CABS president Heinz Schwarze said.

The ECJ has opened the case against Malta over illegal finch trapping today (15 February 2017) . A decision is expected to be announced later this year. A newspaper report can be found here: http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/74458/cabs_galdes_should_tell_trappers_to_look_for_another_hobby#.WKRK__nhC70

http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2017-02-15/local-news/Finch-trapping-is-indefensible-CABS-6736170416
http://www.timesofmalta.com/mobile/articles/view/20170215/local/malta-faces-scepticism-during-ecj-bird-trapping-hearing-source.639712