Birds of prey get shot at survival
BIRDS taken in by Clarence Valley WIRES face a better prospect of rehabilitation.
WIRES officially opened its $8700 bird of prey rehabilitation aviary at Blaxland Creek, near Nymboida, on Saturday.
Birds of prey co-ordinator Maggie Skeel said the aviary would guarantee a successful release of birds from care.
The 24-metre long aviary allows birds of prey to gain flight and hunting skills before their release into the wild.
"The construction of this facility will help with the caring and rehabilitation of injured birds, especially in the post-injury period of re-
learning flight and hunting skills," Ms Skeel said.
The aviary was opened by Clarence Valley WIRES chairperson Imelda Jennings, with the ceremony attended by Clarence Valley deputy mayor Shirley Adams, representatives from National Parks and Wildlife, Clarence Valley WIRES and Grafton Midday Rotary.
Cr Adams paid tribute to the construction of the aviary, which was built by Clarence Valley WIRES from funds raised by Grafton Midday Rotary.
Cr Adams said she admired the achievement of volunteers helping volunteers and was looking forward to seeing more of the region's majestic wildlife returning to the wild.
The aviary was designed to accommodate different stages of a bird's rehabilitation, with two flight runs, a smaller interim cage and a portable hospital box.