School Holiday Tours January 2015

// December 30th, 2014 // Comments Off // Blog Articles

School holiday tours of Australian Seabird Rescue at 264 North Creek Road Ballina begin on Monday 5th January through to Friday 23rd January.

Tours will be held at 10am sharp on weekdays. There are no bookings required, just be here at 10am.

The tours run for one hour. Participants are shown how we catch injured birds and are told about the history of Australian Seabird Rescue. The interactive, hands-on approach gives guests an overview of the human-induced problems that our Seabirds, Shorebirds, Pelicans and marine wildlife have to deal with.

We teach about Sea Turtle nesting and then visit the Sea Turtle hospital and learn about how we rehabilitate these beautiful creatures. Summer school holidays is definitely the best time to join one of our tours because it is our busiest time of year with many turtles in care.

Learn about what simple things you can do to help our amazing birds and beautiful marine wildlife.

Turtle Release at Byron Bay Surf Festival 25 Oct 2014

// October 22nd, 2014 // Comments Off // Blog Articles

On Saturday morning volunteers will be releasing Clayton the Green Sea Turtle at the front of the Byron Bay Surf Club.

He will be released back into the ocean at 9:30am, NSW time. You are welcome to come along earlier and help us with a beach clean-up.

During the day Kath Southwell will be running Kids Sea Turtle nesting workshops.

Come and say hi!

July 2014 School Holiday Educational Talk and Tour

// June 20th, 2014 // Comments Off // Blog Articles

Our school holiday tours are back again!

Starting on Monday June 30 – Friday 11th July, 2014.

Tour starts at 10am sharp. WEEKDAYS.

$5 entry per person.

No need to book :)

Sunday July 13th, 2014: North Coast Seabird Rescue Course Seabird First Aid, Handling and Transport

// June 20th, 2014 // Comments Off // Blog Articles

Don’t miss ASR North Coast Branch’s one day course on seabird first aid, handling and transport!! Limited seats, registration is open now!

Enjoy a day with seabird lovers just like you! Have fun and hear some great stories, get your hands on some great reference material and join the team! Lunchtime tour of the sea turtle hospital included free!

The course will cover:
*Bird identification in the Northern Rivers
*Common injuries and illnesses
*Tips and techniques for patrolling your estuary
*Capture techniques
*First aid for common injuries and illnesses
*Handling techniques for seabirds of all shapes and sizes
*Transport policies
*Brief coverage of oiled wildlife response in NSW
*Health and safety

TIME: 9am for a 9:30 start – ending around 4pm
COST: $30 members/$40 non-members **LAST CHANCE AT THESE PRICES**
WHERE: 264 North Creek Road, Ballina.
*Rescuing the Australian Pelican Rehabilitation Manual
*First Responders Resource Guide to Seabird Emergencies
*Pocket Guide to for Seabird Emergencies
*Morning and afternoon tea, unlimited tea and coffee
*BBQ lunch

Registration Instructions:
Email: with the subject heading “COURSE JULY”, include your name; contact number; which rescue group you are registered with (if any); dietary requirements. Your placement will be confirmed via email.
Payment is by CASH ONLY on the day of the course, there is no EFTPOS facility.

Wish list for Australian Seabird Rescue north coast branch

// September 24th, 2013 // Comments Off // Blog Articles

We are being kept extremely busy looking after sea turtles, pelicans, seabirds and other marine wildlife.

We require the following items for our Wildlifelink Sanctuary. If you wish to donate any of these items please contact General Manager Kath Southwell on 02) 66862852

• New projector to show videos for tours and workshops

• New good quality binoculars 10X42

• Scopesx4 with tripods for spotting birds from a long distance

• A new motor for our rescue boat valued at approximately $4,000.00 with a 2-3 year warranty

• GoPro camera to record our rescues and capture pictures of animals with injuries

• New laptop computer

• A local business to pressure wash and spray under our troop carrier vehicle with fish oil or anti-rust treatment

• Blower to clean paths of leaves and roof of aviary etc

• Satellite Trackers x14 for our turtles when they are released.

$4,000. per turtle tracker

September/October School Holiday Tours

// September 20th, 2013 // Comments Off // Blog Articles

On weekdays from Monday 22nd September up until Friday 2nd October 2015 October at 10am.

We will be conducting talk and tours of the Wildlifelink Sanctuary at 264 North Creek Road, Ballina. Come and learn about sea turtle nesting and about all of the work we do to save marine wildlife.

The tours run for an hour. You will get to see our sea turtles in the hospital and we will show you how we treat these beautiful creatures and rehabilitate them.

Our talk and tours cater for all ages and cost $5 per person. The money we raise from the tours help us to look after the animals so bring the kids and help support Australian Seabird Rescue.

July School Holiday Tours

// July 2nd, 2013 // Comments Off // Blog Articles

During the New South Wales school holidays, we hold Tours of the Wildlifelink Sanctuary at 10 am on weekdays.

Come and learn about what we do at Australian Seabird Rescue. Learn about Sea Turtle Nesting and get to see some live sea turtles that are in care.

Tours run for an hour and cost $5.00 per person. There is no need to book, just come along!

North Coast News June 2013 Update

// June 20th, 2013 // Comments Off // Blog Articles

Well it has been a very busy and productive month for us here at the Wildlifelink Sanctuary on the North Coast.

Since returning from my previous challenging  job as Warden of the Broome Bird Observatory, I have been busy settling back into a much cooler climate here in Ballina. I feel so blessed to hold my new position as General Manager at ASR.

It’s quite funny that after 6 weeks in the role, I feel like I had never left Australian Seabird Rescue!

On Tuesday  11th June we released Helga the Green Turtle at Main Beach Byron Bay. Helga had been in care for 6 and a half months and had been suffering from float syndrome. She was covered in barnacles and was in a pretty bad way when Mike picked her up from Shark Bay, Iluka.

Her release went really well, it was the first turtle I had the privelege of  releasing in over two years ….one of the best parts of my job!

There were many onlookers which gives us the opportunity to inform the public about the importance of protecting our oceans and the creatures that inhabit them.

On Friday 14th June, we held a very productive working bee at the Wildlifelink Sanctuary, cleaning out the Boat shed, washing our many chairs for tour guests and some weeding as well.

All of the Marine Mammal Stranding gear was checked and is ready to go in case of a stranding with the whales passing us now on their northern migration.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at the Wildlifelink Sanctuary, give me a call and I can organise an appointment  for you to come out and meet the team.

Kath Southwell, General Manager

North Coast Wish List

// May 31st, 2013 // Comments Off // Blog Articles

Australian Seabird Rescue is a not for profit organisation and relies on donations to keep the Wildlifelink Sanctuary running effectively.

We are being kept exceptionally busy these days looking after sea turtles, pelicans and seabirds and are in need of assistance with simple items as per the list below:

  • Plastic boxes with lids
  • Cleaning products for cleaning walls, toilets, floors and clothes washing liquid
  • Napisan
  • Vaccuum Cleaner
  • Gardening gloves
  • Towels
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Silver scourers
  • Mops, brooms and metal rakes
  • Fine grain sand for our bird aviary

Other items which we would really make good use of are:

  • Good quality sturdy chairs for guests to sit on when we conduct talks and tours
  • Small hot water service to install in turtle hospital so that volunteers have hot water for hygeine close at hand
  • An autoclave which sterilises instruments by steam
  • Clear Perspex panels for the turtle hospital so they can get some sunlight
  • Good quality 10×42 binoculars and a spotting scope for finding injured birds

If you would like to donate any of these items, please call General Manager Kath Southwell on 66862852. 

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