A visit to Wildbase Hospital in Massey University by trustees recently was a real eye-opener.
Associate Professor Brett Gartrell showed us through the unit where two full time vets, four postgrad vet interns and four technicians work with birds recovering from injury or disease.
When we visited, they included a couple of kiwi, two kaka, a harrier, a morepork, a falcon, a little blue penguin and a magnificent tuatara — all in recovery.
It was interesting to learn what actually happened to the birds once they were on the road to recovery. Some can be released back into the wild but some cannot.
We offered to assist with these procedures; and our offer of involvement, especially regarding sea birds, was welcomed.