A lot of young birds are leaving their nests now - here are some tips for what to do if you find a young bird. Please keep in mind that sometimes a bird will be fine and doesn't actually need help! But sometimes you may find a bird that needs urgent help.
1. CHECK IF THE BIRD NEEDS HELP: If it's got feathers, don't try to rescue it - it's a fledgling and its parents will probably be nearby. Watch from a distance to make sure a parent is close and there are no predators in the area. If there are predators, put the bird high up in a tree or tall shrub and shoo the predator away if you can.
2. A YOUNG BIRD NEEDS HELP IF:
-- It has no feathers - put it back in its nest if possible. If you can't put it back in its nest, it needs help ASAP as it will die from exposure otherwise.
-- It has feathers but there's no sign of parents nearby after you've watched it for some time. It will be too young to find its own food yet so it needs help.
IF YOU RESCUE A BIRD
The #1 advice for rescued birds is to keep them warm. Birds feel the cold a lot more than people do - a mild day for humans can be freezing for birds.
--- Put the bird in a shoe box or similar, with an old t-shirt/soft cloth that's loosely bunched up so it can burrow inside and 'nest' (avoid towels or anything its claws may get tangled with).
--- Fill a hot water bottle or a soft drink bottle with hot water from the hot water tap - NOT boiling, but as hot as possible from the tap. Put it outside the box and rest it against one edge of the box. This acts like a little heater and the bird inside the box can get as close as it wants to the warmth.
Get it to a rescue centre as soon as possible - this site has good information and lists bird rescue centres: www.birdrescue.org.nz...
This chart is a helpful guide for people finding young birds: birdrescue.org.nz...
Has anyone ever seen something like the image below in an older Kiwi home? Does anyone remember them from their childhood? These strange slots allowed you to rid yourself of an old razor and never think of it again...but it also meant, years down the track, that someone renovating would be in for a nasty, rusty surprise.
I'm certain I've seen something like this here in Aotearoa-NZ, but can't for the life of me recall where. It was in the back of the medicine cupboard. Let us know if you've seen, had - or have - one in your home.
What do you think about the incoming increased public transport fares?
On Monday, Auckland Council announced a 4 percent increase for peak-time travel with a discount approved for off-peak travel.
According to Auckland Transport (AT), some passengers would be paying an extra 35 cents per trip, with a daily maximum spend of $20 per day which for some, would mean an unlimited daily pass.
Former AT chairman Dr Lester Levy advocated for fare freezes have not been heeded in the 2021 review.
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Auckland cyclists will find it easier to park and ride at three bus stations and one train interchange.
Akoranga, Smales Farm and Constellation bus stations on Auckland's North Shore and Panmure train station have boosted bike parking to 80 spaces.
New shelters have been installed allowing cyclists to store their bikes inside or under cover.
Dedicated motorcycle parks in the park and ride area are now available at Akoranga, Smales Farm and Constellation bus stations.
Rachel Freebairn, AT Metro's head of facilities, said demand for bike parking had certainly increased.
"More and more people are choosing to ride a bike to connect with bus or train travel which has meant there has been a shortage of suitable parking at some bus and train stations."
Freebairn said the roll out is part of AT's ongoing programme to improve cycling facilities across public transport hubs.
Bike Auckland chairwoman Barb Cuthbert said she was delighted by the increased parking along the Northern Express Busway and the bike shelters.
More people were using e-bikes to cope with hilly North Shore roads and wanted extra security at the bike parks, Cuthbert said.
The upgrade will ease pressure on car parking, she said.
Do you bike to public transport stations and ride to work?
Do you plan to use the facilities more often thanks to the boost in bike parks?
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