Local Goodness: Bird Rescue Centre

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Local Goodness. It’s a new series here at GrowMama.

I’ll be profiling or taking a peek into various cool businesses, organisations and places aroundabout here. 
We’re talking eco-minded, progressive smaller endeavours, with a definite more’ish quality.
How to define the boundaries of what is local to me? I’m going to take liberties there. West Auckland’ish, with the occasional dive into the greater Auckland area shall we say?!
Even if you don’t live around here, we can all do with a dollop of inspiration and a dose of voyeurism into someone else’s heartfelt worklife, no?! 
If you need to buy something, shop local and give your money where it’ll count…give it to the good people! Support local goodness.

We picked up a Bird Rescue Charitable Trust newsletter recently and we were excited to find out that there is a Bird Rescue Centre not far away. And they needed help. I said I would do a blog post on them and see if I could hustle some up.

The lovely folks at the Rescue Centre are rushed off their feet with orphan babies and injured birds of all descriptions but Lyn very kindly took the time to show us around. It is a huge operation folks. They do such a great job. It’s mostly volunteer run and the amount of work is just staggering.

They are in need of soft release homes for half grown ducklings, so if you have land, with a pond or stream, please get in touch with the Bird Rescue Centre. And any folks with aviaries willing to take on blackbirds and thrushes that can’t live wild, ditto…get in touch.

Also needed are donated items like: kitten food, paper towels, 20 watt bayonet light bulbs, tins/jars of fruit/veggie baby foods, apple sauce, black rubbish sacks, freshly caught or frozen sprats, farex, tissues. You can drop off any donations to the New World supermarker in Green Bay or directly to the Rescue Centre. Monetary donations are more than welcome too. And Aucklanders, you know where to take any rescued birds now. 

I wish we had a pond, we’d have had a car load to bring home! This young fellow, a domesticated duck, is looking for a home too. Handsome isn’t he!?

Every one of these boxes is full of orphaned baby birds of all sorts.

It was, in short, Jed heaven. Although some of the stories were heartbreaking. A look at the log book told us that 5 rescued birds had been brought in already that morning. 
They need someone to train new volunteers, I am hoping that will be me. I re-designed and managed Greenpeace NZ’s volunteer programme once upon a time.  I would like that.

Check out the New Zealand Bird Rescue Charitable Trust facebook page.
The Rescue Centre has a great website, including a video about the work they do HERE.

And do what you can to help. Perhaps watch the video with your kid/s and then ask family and friends to contribute to a donations box you can drop off or send. Money or any of the items on their wishlist would be welcome. (I might include a box of chocolates for those wonderful volunteers in mine as well!)

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