WILD Raptors

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**A fundraiser for the Raptor and Wildlife Refuge of Tasmania**

During our ‘bird month’ in October, join us for a special evening with Craig Webb, founder of the Raptor and Wildlife Refuge of Tasmania. The evening will include stories of Craig’s experiences with raptors that he has seen over the years, a ‘show and tell’ component, and some background into the need for the refuge, and the reason for so many birds requiring his care.

The Raptor and Wildlife Refuge of Tasmania is committed to securing the future of Tasmania’s raptors by reducing human impacts through rehabilitating injured, sick or orphaned raptors, educating the public and supporting habitat conservation. – Mission Statement.

This is a fundraising event with all proceeds going directly to the refuge to help Craig continue his important work.

About Craig Webb

In 1997 Craig returned to his birthplace of Tasmania after many years in the Kimberly working as a veterinary nurse. Involved in all facets of wildlife care, he registered as a licensed wildlife carer with the Nature Conservation branch of Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE).

He is a straight-talking and passionate advocate for the birds he cares for, most of whom are healing from the wounds caused by human incursions into their territory. Craig bought the 20 acres of land that the refuge is sited on about 16 years ago.

In the time since, his single minded determination and commitment to Tasmania’s birds of prey has seen him construct the largest flight aviaries in Australia. Sleepless nights saw him focus on solving the complex engineering challenges that allowed the salmon-fishing nets (almost two tonnes each) to be securely fastened with a series of ropes on pulleys, above and around the power poles that support them.

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Ocean Plastic – Not Fantastic

Have you seen the confronting images of dead seabirds full of plastic debris? Beyond the media-induced shock, what is the science and the story behind these gruesome images?

Join Dr Heidi Auman for this informative evening, where she will explain the physiological and toxicological impacts of marine plastic debris on seabirds from her own research. You will also hear from Matt Dell, one of the coordinators of the South West Marine Debris Cleanup that is carried out each year on Tasmania’s remote wilderness coastline. For the past 15 years, a dedicated team of volunteers collect, count and sort nearly half a million items of marine debris. Learn more about the clean up team and how you can be involved.

Beverages will be available by donation, and all proceeds from this evening will go directly to supporting the 2017 South West Marine Debris Cleanup.

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About the Speakers:

Dr Heidi J Auman, PhD (Adjunct Lecturer, IMAS)
Heidi has studied human impacts on seabirds for the past twenty-five years. She has explored plastic ingestion in subantarctic and Tasmanian seabirds, chemical pollutants in Great Lakes birds, and the effects of junk food on urban gulls. She has demonstrated that our ecological footprint has reached the farthest corners of the earth, often with disturbing consequences. Recently Heidi found that 96% of Tasmanian muttonbird chicks were full of plastic debris.

Heidi is also the author of educational children’s book Garbage Guts, which details the challenges Aria the Albatross and her ocean friends encounter due to marine debris. It has become a call to action to preserve some of our planet’s most fragile habitats for the wildlife that depends on them.

Matt Dell, Environmental Scientist
A cartographer, photographer and keen surfer, Matt has been involved with organising the South West Marine Debris Cleanup in the Tasmanian World Heritage Area for over 15 years. He and fellow coordinator Dave Wyatt lead a team of up to 20 volunteers who, as a not-for-profit organisation, receive funding from public donations, crowd funding campaigns, and partnerships with like-minded organisations.

Marine debris is trashing some of our wildest beaches. We’re absolutely committed to fighting this toxic wave of rubbish that’s choking our oceans and destroying our marine life. We need all hands on deck to tackle this crucial issue, and help protect Tassie’s globally renowned wild places, over 80% of marine debris globally is derived from the land, we need to stop the rubbish at the source – Matt Dell.

All proceeds go to the 2017 South West Marine Debris Cleanup

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Aurora & night-sky talks at Wild Island

Join us for an afternoon of informative and entertaining talks about aurora, stars and more…

  • How the Tasmanian aurora craze started (Margaret Sonnemann)
  • The science of the aurora (Dave Hunter)
  • How to predict and monitor auroras (Dave Hunter)
  • Introduction to stars in our night sky (John Oxley)
  • Bioluminescence in Tasmania (Lisa Gershwin)

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