09 Sep Watch out for baby birds this Spring
A local wildlife group is encouraging residents to be bird aware this spring.
With breeding occurring in spring through to summer, Gladstone & District Wildlife Carers Association is urging residents to be on the lookout for nesting birds including Bush stone-curlews and Masked Lapwings, also known as Spur-winged Plovers.
The Association’s Habitats for Habitat Coordinator Jodi Jones said it was important to always be aware of our environment, regardless of the season, but that spring was a “special time of year and often thought of as the birth season”.
“With favorable environmental conditions for many of our species of wildlife, birds, mammals and reptiles, to get in the family way,” she said.
“Birds are nesting and babies hatching, baby reptiles are nesting and hatching, and many of our mammal species have made homes in hollows to raise their little ones.
“With a little care we can protect their homes and avoid damage we may accidentally do to them when removing vegetation, and enjoy this very special time they share with us.”
Spur-winged Plovers usually lay their eggs after local rains, and can lay up to four eggs on the ground in small depressions in open areas so they can see their predators.
Plovers are very protective of their nests and chicks, with adults using loud noises and swooping to lure an intruder away from the nest.
Bush stone-curlews engage in elaborate courtship dances, and if breeding is successful will create a nest on the ground in a scape or small bare patch.
They lay up to two eggs around August to October, and another two eggs around November to January.
Jodi said if residents come across any nesting animal they should firstly assess the immediate danger to the animal to see if any intervention is needed.
“We generally will aim to protect the area and keep them safe,” she said.
“Relocating (of plovers or curlews) is not allowed without authority from the Department of Environment & Science.
“But if there is any injury, or an animal is orphaned, we need to action a carer to rehabilitate the animal.”
Gladstone & District Wildlife Carers Association have been caring for our region’s wildlife since 1998.
Their team of volunteers rescues and rehabilitates over 1500 local animals every year and provides important community education services.
They are in need of more volunteers this season for all species including birds and macropods.
For more information, including how you can get involved, visit www.gladstonewildlife.org.au.
For injured wildlife call 0427 106 803.