HELPING: Many young birds have been rescued by the Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers since the start of the year because of extreme weather events.
HELPING: Many young birds have been rescued by the Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers since the start of the year because of extreme weather events.

Carers need volunteers

IT'S been a year of extreme weather, with cyclones, storms, floods, fires and heatwaves all affecting the Northern Rivers since January.

The extreme weather has caused considerable distress for the region and its inhabitants, including the many different species of native animals which live here.

During these times, the Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers is there to assist the community to respond - whether it be through the rescue of an individual bird or the co-ordinated response to a mass event, sometimes involving thousands of animals.

The volunteer organisation runs a 24-hour emergency hotline service, and co-ordinates the rescues of injured and orphaned wildlife across an area which spans from Ocean Shores in the north to New Italy in the south, and from Byron Bay in the east to Tabulam in the west.

Like all volunteer organisations, Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers is always in need of more members.

It will hold an introductory training session for new members, and encourages people interested in helping native animals to attend.

"The severe weather events this year and increased calls to our hotline service have really stretched our volunteers. We're hoping to bolster our ranks with new members who can assist with this important work," said spokesperson Cheryl Cochran.

At the training session, new members will learn more about the organisation and be trained to rescue and assess injured or orphaned native animals.

"The Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers operate across one of the most biodiverse regions in the country, and as a result we rescue a very wide range of animals," Mrs Cochran said.

"Apart from responding to severe weather events, unfortunately the vast majority of animals come into care because of human activity."

The introductory training course will be held in Lismore on Sunday, April 21. For further information or to book, phone 6628 1866 or email training@ wildlifecarers.com.

If you find any injured or orphaned wildlife, phone the Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers on 6628 1866, and for seabirds and marine turtles only, Australia Seabird Rescue - 0428 862 852. For koalas, phone Friends of the Koala on 6622 1233.

Check out our website at wildlifecarers.com.


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