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Education & Training


Hunter Wildlife Rescue (NATF) provides a broad range of training and development for its members to support the high standards of wildlife rehabilitation required under OEH’s Code of Practice for Injured & Orphaned Protected Fauna and to ensure the successful return of such fauna back to the wild environment.  Any member of an OEH licensed rehabilitation group is welcome to attend.  Download a summary of the  Training Calendar 2017 here

The venue for all courses unless otherwise specified will be the Hunter Wildlife Rescue Centre, Shortland Wetlands. 1 Wetlands Place Shortland. Courses start at 9.00am and conclude at 3.30pm. CATERING : BYO lunch or purchase on site.  AM and PM tea provided unless otherwise stated. Please indicate any special requirements.

Registration Process: Enrolment in any training course, requires payment of course fees prior to attendance as acceptance of payments on the training day is not permitted.  There will be a maximum of 24 participants for each course (unless specified) after which registered members will be placed on a waiting list pending cancellation.TRAINING-Course-Registration-Form2

Cost:  Registration Fees are $25.00 for members unless otherwise indicated (ie Introduction Workshops are free to new members).

Members of other wildlife rehabilitation groups and vet nurses are welcome to attend these workshops and registration is $35.00. Please complete TRAINING-Course-Registration-Form2

Payment  can be done either on-line or by submitting your payment by mail (cheque or money order).
Online:  BSB 032-524; Account No 142209; Account name: Native Animal Trust Fund.  Please use your surname and course name as a reference ie JONES/Birds

Postal:   PO Box 17, SHORTLAND 2307

Once you have made your payment, please send your Hunter Wildlife Rescue to either the above postal address OR  scan/attach  TRAINING-Course-Registration-Form2 and email  to

Training Calendar 2018.

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F A Q s

What do you do if you find a Baby Bird?
The best chance for a baby bird is to leave it with its parents. Found a Baby Bird  If it has all its feathers, and is not injured, put it in a nearby tree. Wait and watch quietly and out of sight to see if the parent birds come back to it before removing it from the area.  If it is in imminent danger or injured (droopy wing, open wound,  limping etc), then call the Hunter Wildlife Rescue.  For young chicks, see how to reunite them with their parents using an artificial nest   Baby Bird Pamphlet

What impact do Cats have on our wildlife ?

What to do if you find a Snake in your house?


Native Animal Trust Fund - Sea Eagle
Young sea eagle – released at Galgabba