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Indian Myna now a recognised pest

The Indian myna is a feral bird that has now been classified as a pest. As a wildlife rescue organisation ACT Wildlife is not permitted to care for pest animals.

For all inquiries relating to Indian Mynas please contact the Canberra Indian Myna Action Group

Know the difference between the feral Indian Myna and our native Noisy Miner.

Indian Myna - photo by Geoffrey Dabb
Noisy Miner - photo by Mark David

$10,000 Donation from The Green Shed

Above: Sandie Parkes, The Green Shed with Lindy Butcher, President, ACT Wildlife.

The Green Shed fundraises to a target of $10,000 which is then donated to a local charity and ACTW was chosen as the local charity when their target was reached. This is an incredibly generous community service that they provide and we have lots of items we can spend that money on, including a trailer, a garage and medical equipment for our soon to be delivered Wildlife First Aid Clinic. Thank you The Green Shed!

New ACTW Car

In 2020 we were granted money from “Eldon & Anne Foote Trust” administered by The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation for the purchase of a car – a new electric Hyundai Kona.  The purpose of the vehicle is for rescue and transport when calls are received about wildlife in distress. Look out for it as you drive around Canberra streets.

Thank you to our very generous donors.

Wildlife Warriors

Recently our newest Sponsor a Species Wildlife Warriors spent time learning about our work rescuing, caring and releasing birds.

Sponsor a Species is a program designed for everyone to be involved in helping our wildlife. Wildlife Warriors have the opportunity for up close encounters with the species they choose to support. Learn more.

New Bat Aviary

Our bat aviary at Jerrabomberra is now complete and ready for it’s new occupants. Last month it was officially opened by Dermot O’Gorman, Chief Executive Officer of the WWF-Australia. Their very generous donation of $50,000 allowed the aviary to be constructed to house pre-release bats that will finish their rehabilitation with flight practise then be released from the aviary through a specially constructed release hatch. Marg Peachey, President ACT Wildlife, thanked WWF-Australia for their support and partnership in this project.

Bats or Flying Foxes are a vital part of the environment in the pollination process of native trees and shrubs. They are far more efficient than birds and bees. 

Photo from left: Jim Peachey, Barbara Mabbott, Sandra Corbett, Denise Kay (ACTW Bat Coordinator), Marg Peachey (ACTW President), Dermot O'Gorman (CEO, WWF-Australia) and Bonnie Monkhouse (Capital Certifiers).

ACT Wildlife has been selected by The Green Shed to be the next recipient of their Charity Day $10,000 donation. They will begin their fundraising for us on Wednesday 31 March and continue until they reach their $10,000 target. This is an incredibly generous community service that they provide and we have lots of items we can spend that money on, including a trailer, a garage and medical equipment for our soon to be delivered Wildlife First Aid Clinic. You can help them achieve their goal by checking out The Green Shed at Mugga Lane and Mitchell to see if someone else’s unwanted household and garden items might be part of your next big project.

Thank you to The Green Shed for this amazing gift.   

This is what Sandie Parkes, from The Green Shed, had to say about their offer:

“The Green Shed has been managing the Territory’s Reuse facilities at Mugga Lane and Mitchell since January 2010.  It is a privately owned and operated business with a strong Community focus.  On the last Wednesday of every month The Green Shed collects ALL monies that come across the counter at both their Mugga Lane and Mitchell sites until an amount of $10,000 is reached which is then donated to a local charity or good cause.  The Green Shed looks forward to recognising the great work of ACT Wildlife as the next recipient of our $10,000 cheque.”

The Annual General Meeting for ACT Wildlife was held on Sunday 14 March. The 2021 Committee sees some big changes to executive roles and some new faces to the Committee. Read our new President, Lindy Butcher’s welcome statement below.

‘Thank you to everyone who braved the cool Autumn day to attend the AGM at Duffy on Sunday. A new committee was elected with some returning members and some new faces making up our new committee. Thank you for placing your confidence in me to be your new President, I’m excited and more than a little nervous. Marg has left big boots for me to fill. Marg Peachey has been President of ACT Wildlife since we began 7 years ago, but many won’t be aware that she has had a key leadership role in ACT Wildlife since its early days as The Wildlife Foundation over 20 years ago and then as RSPCA Wildlife. Thank you, Marg, you have been an inspiration to me and to many others with your passion and commitment for the welfare of wildlife in the ACT. I’m very pleased that you will be staying on as Vice President.

We look forward to working with, and for, our volunteers and members to continue to grow ACT Wildlife over the next 12 months and into the future.’