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Helpers wanted for the Wildvogelhilfe network

The City of Würzburg, the State Association for Bird Protection and the Würzburg Animal Welfare Association are looking for partners for their project “Network Wild Bird Aid” and invite them to an online information meeting on March 18.

The following text is a joint press release from the city of Würzburg, the regional office for bird protection in Lower Franconia and the animal protection association in Würzburg:

rums! A small spring ball hits the window pane and falls to the ground. They run to the window. Once there, you will see that a small bird is perched on the windowsill. To do? If the bird does not fly or jump, it needs your help. But what to do with the little one? Who can you contact?

The district office of the Landesbund für Vogelschutz in Lower Franconia (LBV) and the animal protection association in Würzburg have dealt with precisely this issue. Because of the name of the association, people want to deliver injured small birds every year during the breeding season. The LBV, based in Veitshöchheim, is committed to preserving biodiversity, but it is not a bird sanctuary. The focus of the Würzburg Animal Welfare Association is to offer a temporary place to stay, especially for homeless animals, and to find new responsible owners for them.

Health care as a contribution to the protection of species

A volunteer bird breeder took action by approaching the associations and demanding: “There are too few shelters and too many birds that need help. We have to do something.” Based on this motivation, the “Network Wild Bird Aid” cooperation project was created, in which volunteer nurses, the Würzburg animal protection association, the city of Würzburg and the LBV Vogelstation Regenstauf currently participate. The “Network Wild Bird Aid” project is financed by the LBV Bavarian Natural Heritage Foundation.

Climate mayor Martin Heilig supports the project: “Caring for the health of birds in need of help is therefore also a contribution to the protection of species. However, it is important to take certain guidelines into account The goal should always be to reintroduce them into the wild as soon as possible.”

Anja Schneider (Tierschutzverein Würzburg e Vogel are on average between 15 and 20 euros (excluding veterinary costs). In addition, new voluntary foster homes will be found.” Until now, the volunteer nurses have borne the work and costs themselves. Each feeding station currently has an average of up to 120 songbirds to care for during the breeding season (April-September).

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Dr Lieven Pool, Head of the Department of Consumer Protection, Veterinary Affairs and Food Control adds: “The aim is to establish a network of feeding stations for wild birds. Our project focuses in particular on songbirds and waterfowl in the city and district of Würzburg. We think that this is a model project. If other districts and cities take our approach, the help network for wild birds could soon expand throughout Lower Franconia.”

Anyone who finds an injured wild bird in the city and district of Würzburg can now contact the animal protection association in Würzburg, Tel: (0931) 84324, says animal shelter manager Anja Schneider. In turn, the association passes on wild birds in need of help to the responsible keepers of the Wildvogelhilfe network.

Online meeting for stakeholders

The breeding season is just around the corner, so the project partners are looking for support: an online meeting will take place in early March. There, those interested can find out everything important about the “Wild Bird Help Network” and have the opportunity to get an insight into the volunteer work of Päppler:in. Anyone who decides to do so will be trained in dealing with wild birds and their care. The meeting will take place on March 18 at 7:00 p.m. and will last approximately one hour.

Register by phone: (0931) 45265047 (please leave your name, phone number and email address on the answering machine) or by email: tina.hoffmeister@lbv.de. More information about the possibility of making donations is available at: www.unterfranken.lbv.de

Help for injured wild birds

Check list for the most important steps:

1. Rescue birds in need.

2. Put the bird in a box, close it slightly and take it to a quiet and warm place.

3. Do not give him water or food.

4. After 20 to 30 minutes, open the box in the open air and check if the bird flies away.

5. If the bird is still unable to fly, contact the Animal Welfare Association in Würzburg at Tel: (0931) 84324.

Source: Animal Welfare Association

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