Photograph by Peter Hammond
ACT Wildlife Galah Ball
ACT Wildlife is celebrating 10 years with a charity gala ball for the ACT Community. Book your table to help raise funds to support our wildlife.
Take action on your New Year’s resolution
Whether you’ve been thinking about joining ACT Wildlife or are an existing member wanting to take on other roles, we’ve got plenty of options for you.
ACT Wildlife volunteer roles include:
- answering calls to our hotline about sick, injured or orphaned wildllife
- rescuing wildlife in need of help
- transporting wildlife
- caring for and rehabilitating birds, possums, reptiles, bats or wombats
- sewing or knitting ‘pouches’ and ‘nests’ for wildlife in care
- helping with events and fundraising.
How to sign up
To volunteer, you’ll need to be a member of ACT Wildlife and complete the Orientation course first. This course provides information on ACT Wildlife, our roles and responsibilities and ways you can help.
Upcoming orientation sessions are being held on:
- 14 January
- 11 February
- 24 March.
To sign up or find out about other courses, check our new 2024 training calendar.
Water for wildlife
With the Summer months upon us, don’t forget that our wildlife need water to stay hydrated. On hot days we can help wildlife by leaving out water in a shaded place for them (shaded, so the water doesn’t get hot). A good idea is to leave a stick in there too, so smaller critters can just walk out if they fall in the water.
Our wildlife will thank you!
Net success for wildlife
ACT Wildlife’s 2023 Net Swap Program has been a big success story for Canberra’s wildlife.
Netting your garden fruit and vegetables can help protect them from pests but can also harm animals. Flying-foxes, possums, birds and other wildlife can tangle themselves in netting when the mesh is too big. This can cause serious injuries or death.
ACT Wildlife and the ACT Government are taking action to prevent this. In 2023, ACT Wildlife received a grant from the ACT Government to swap Canberrans’ unsafe netting for wildlife safe nets.
Over the past few months, we’ve had 320 householders drop by our Jerrabomberra office to swap their unsafe garden nets. Thanks to them, and our volunteers, Canberra now has an extra 1,484 nets protecting both our gardens and our wildlife.
2024 Net Swap Dates
Saturday 3 February 11am-1pm ACT Wildlife Office Dairy Road Jerrabomberra Wetlands
Sunday 18 February Canberra City Farm Open Day 10am – 1pm
Saturday 24 February 11am-1pm ACT Wildlife Office Dairy Road Jerrabomberra Wetlands
We are Canberra’s only multi-species wildlife care group in the ACT that rescues, rehabilitates and releases native animals. As a not-for-profit and charity we rely on donations to support the work of our volunteers.
Volunteers are our backbone. We welcome you to help in all aspects of rescue and care of the common species in the ACT including behind the scenes work. Training is provided.
Found an Animal?
Call our 24/7 Hotline
0432 300 033
Gently place the animal in a box with a towel or cloth and keep it warm and quiet. If you are unable to contain the animal, please stay near it and call our hotline with directions for rescue.
FLEDGLING BIRDS DO NOT ALWAYS NEED RESCUING
Baby birds come out of their nests and cannot fly well for a few days. They are attended to by their parents during this time. Please watch from a distance and if you do not see parents then they may need to be rescued. This is usually not necessary. Call if you want to report an ‘abandoned’ magpie or bird – 0432 300 033
KEEP YOUR FELINE FRIEND INSIDE
You can love your cat and wildlife too. Under the ACT government’s plan, all new cats obtained by owners after July 1, 2022 will have to be contained, regardless of which suburb they live in.
PLEASE DO NOT FEED BIRDS
Birds, especially magpies are abundant in the ACT. They frequent places where people eat and because people feed them they begin to rely on this (inappropriate) food and demand it.
BIRD NETTING DANGERS
With fruit ripening on trees inappropriate netting traps birds and flying foxes. Netting should have holes that you cannot put your little finger through and be stretched on a frame away from the branches. This means that birds and flying foxes can land and take off from the netting. Otherwise they get hopelessly caught up in loose, sloppy nets. Protecting Wildlife Netting Brochure: Flying foxes should not be touched because of the danger of Lyssavirus, a fatal disease unless you are vaccinated. If you should be bitten or scratched you should attend the hospital emergency clinic immediately and leave rescue of the animal to vaccinated carers with ACT Wildlife.
PRIMARY AND SECONDARY POISONING
Poisons used to kill rats and mice are threatening wildlife and their environment. They are also a threat to children and pets with consequences that can lead to death. Read the full document here outlining the dangers and how to reduce the risk.
Meet Fruity Lexia
This is carer Clare and Steve’s Grey Headed Flying-Fox, Fruity Lexia. Fruity made the error of sleeping alone in the Botanic Gardens rather than returning to the safety of the colony. She was attacked by currawongs and lost her pup — very sad outcome. She was rescued and brought into care to treat her eye injuries. (To be fair to the currawongs, they may have been protecting their chicks.)
Grey Headed Flying-Foxes (GHFF) are listed as vulnerable due to declining numbers. There is a significant colony in Commonwealth Park which the National Capital Authority is monitoring. GHFF’s are one of the most important animals to help pollinate our forests.
GHFF’s have been nominated for ‘Australian Mammal of the Year’ Find out more about their ‘super-pollinator powers’ and how you can vote for them here.
Read more about GHFF’s in the ACT here.