Storm-swept Shearwaters released at Abrolhos Islands

Seven wedge-tailed shearwaters that washed up exhausted on Midwest beaches after recent storms have been released back into the wild at the Abrolhos Islands.

Department of Parks and Wildlife acting Midwest Regional Manager Anthony Desmond said the birds had been cared for by Geraldton wildlife rehabilitator Kerry Partridge.

“The storms brought a lot of rain and wind and a number of shearwaters ended up pretty tired and bedraggled on beaches in the Geraldton area and further south towards Jurien Bay Marine Park,” Mr Desmond said.

“Some of the washed up shearwaters unfortunately did not survive the experience, but this is to be expected after such a strong storm front.

“Members of the public brought birds in to us and Parks and Wildlife staff also collected some and passed them on to Kerry, who is a highly experienced, skilled wildlife rehabilitator.

“She’s done a great job returning these seven birds to full health.”

Mr Desmond said a local boat owner, Craig Warne, had released the shearwaters on Friday 16 May into their natural environment, the offshore islands of the Midwest.

“This is a very good outcome and we encourage people to continue contacting Parks and Wildlife when they find ill or injured native wildlife,” he said.

“By calling the Wildcare Helpline the department can make sure native animals receive the best care possible from licensed wildlife rehabilitators and then be returned to the wild as soon as possible.”

The Wildcare Helpline can be contacted on (08) 9474 9055, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is operated by volunteers on behalf of Parks and Wildlife.

 

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