SPCA New Zealand

Avian Botulism Symposium 2019

18 November 2019
50 Westney Road, Mangere, Auckland

Waikato woman prosecuted after her dog was found emaciated

Join us at the Avian Botulism Symposium 2019

SPCA and New Zealand Bird Rescue Charitable Trust are proud to bring you the inaugural Avian Botulism Symposium 2019.

This will be held on Monday 18th November 2019, from 9am - 5pm, at the SPCA Mangere Education Centre.

Avian botulism is an annual recurring problem in New Zealand resulting in the deaths of native and non-native wild birds with significant negative impacts to bird welfare. The issue presents itself each summer, particularly in locations where human waste water is managed. The symposium will bring together diverse stakeholders to reduce the negative impacts of avian botulism on birds.

We aim to strengthen relationships between water and bird professionals, drive innovation in bird and water management, and teach hands-on skills for improved bird care, facility management, and public communication.

The cost to register is $50. If you would like to attend, please register online.

A copy of the draft programme can be found here. Please note the programme is subject to change.

Meet our speakers

Jodi Salinksy

Jodi Salinksy

Jodi has spent the last 25 years working with animals in many different aspects of veterinary medicine, starting with several years at Oregon Zoo training raptors and working as a veterinary nurse. While studying for her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, she worked intensively with seals and sea lions and did her residency in Zoo, Avian and Wildlife Medicine at Wildbase (Massey University) and Wellington Zoo. She spent several years at the Auckland SPCA and is particularly passionate about the health, welfare and behaviour of avian and exotic animals. Jodi lectured at Unitec for many years and still lectures on animal health and welfare topics for a variety of organisations, courses and workshops. She is also an examiner for the Avian Chapter of the Australia New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS). Currently, Jodi is the Animal Welfare Officer at the University of Auckland and works with a wide variety of avian and exotic animals in the research and teaching space, as well as in a private consulting and advisory capacity.

Brian Robertson

Brian Robertson

I am a Chartered Professional Civil Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in civil construction and management, and am currently a project manager in Fulton Hogan on major motorway projects in Auckland. Outside of work I am the Chairperson of WReNNZ, the Wildlife Rehabilitators Network of New Zealand which is the national body representing rehabilitators across New Zealand.

I am also Chairperson of the Wild Bird Care Charitable Trust which was established by my wife Mandy in 2009 when she ran the Whitford Bird Rescue Centre. I became increasingly involved and passionate about wildlife and rehabilitation through Mandy’s work in her rehab centre and joined WReNNZ before joining the committee a few years later. I was elected Chairperson in 2019.

While I am not directly involved in the rehabilitation of birds I provide management and engineering skills and support to WReNNZ and its members where I can. Through my association with design consultancies in my work on Design and Construct projects I have access to professionals with expertise in stormwater ponds and treatment devices and I have taken an interest in how we can design and construct these facilities better to avoid the issues such as Botulism during summer.

Lynn Miller

Lynn Miller

After 35+ years focused on birds, both in wildlife rehabilitation, bird banding, oil spill response and field monitoring primarily in North America, Lynn joined the team at NZ Bird Rescue 6 months ago. The past 2 years were spent in Fort Lauderdale at the South Florida Wildlife Rehabilitation facility where some 10 to 12,000 patients were admitted annually, over 1,000 were botulism cases!

Janelle Ward

Janelle Ward

Janelle Ward is a wildlife veterinarian with a special interest in species conservation and wildlife rehabilitation. She advises on Wildlife Rehabilitation permits and processes for the NZ Department of Conservation. Janelle also works for a pest-proof fenced ecosanctuary - Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari - as their Species Manager. Janelle is the co-director of Learn Bird Care Ltd which has provided online and face to face training in the care and rehabilitation of wild birds since 2012.

David Klee

David Klee

David is the game bird manager at Auckland/Waikato Fish and Game Council with a background in freshwater ecology. He has special interests in habitat restoration and management of wetland systems to maximise wildlife values. Over the past decade David has worked with regional and territorial authorities to highlight botulism issues and ensure that botulism management plans become a mandatory condition on all WWTP being reconsented in the Region. David has led several large botulism recovery operations in concert with councils, DOC and MPI and has large amounts of practical experience to mitigate the impact of botulism outbreaks in both natural and anthropogenic environments.

Thank you to EcoMatters’ assistance supported by the Waitākere Ranges Local Board for this event

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