Wildlife And Storms

Wildlife And Storms

Taking shelter

Most wildlife, especially birds, can take care of themselves. However wild weather really can be disruptive. If you have pets, keep them indoors during the storm. If a storm is particularly bad, wildlife will seek out shelter. This may even lead them to areas of your house such as a veranda. If you have a bird box, they may seek refuge in there. Make sure you secure any loose items in your garden such as garden furniture, to avoid any further dangers.

Once the storm passes

When it’s safe to do so, survey the surrounds of your home and gardens. Keep an eye out for any injured wildlife. If you find a bird that is not flying or an injured animal place them a ventilated box, if it is safe to do so. Never try to handle or feed the bird. Remember that the animal is likely to be highly stressed. You can call wildlife support such as WIRES for advice on next steps.

Other animals in need

One of the biggest risks for wildlife is the wind. Strong winds can relocate wildlife from their homes. Once the weather has calmed, have a look around. If you live near a park or reserve, you may want to check there as well. Some small mammals such as possums, can become trapped. Turtles and other reptiles can also be moved from their homes. Always remember to stay safe and if you’re unsure, call WIRES. For severe situations like large fallen trees, always call for help.

If you’re interested in becoming more knowledgeable about wildlife, you can always look into completing a short course. Wildlife courses cover basic information such as how to respond to injured pets and care for them. This will ensure you’re better equipped should you come across wildlife in need.