Wildlife carers needed especially along the coastal strip.

Our weather just isn’t kind to our wildlife at the moment.  It’s either too cold, too hot, too dry, too wet, or too windy! It has made that baby bird season a tough struggle for the chicks.

WILVOS are really looking for new wildlife carers at the moment.  The more people who can learn to care for our wildlife the better. The coastal strip is always in dire need of more helpers.

Often people are under the misconception that if they have domestic animals they can’t look after wildlife.  In fact, as animal lovers, the majority of wildlife carers have their own domestic pets.  Of course, they keep them separate to their rehabilitating wildlife.  Noone wants to dull the predator awareness  instincts of our native animals.

It is also a fact that all wildlife carers began looking after wildlife with little or no prior knowledge of the needs of orphaned or injured Australian wildlife. Under the Media section on WILVOS website there are some really interesting fact sheets that give information on many of our native species.  WILVOS Facebook page shows some of the wildlife that have been rescued, rehabilitated and released.

WILVOS have training days for new members to teach people about wildlife caring.  It also gives people an opportunity to see at what level they can be involved.  Experienced carers are always available to work with and are there to  offer support and advice.  The majority of our wildlife carers work either full time or part time.   Some people can look after small animals that need feeding every few hours, others may just want to look after wildlife that need morning and late afternoon feeds.  Many new members are happy to just  do the phone training so they can help out on the hotline shifts.  The knowledge gained from this often makes them realize that they would like to be more involved on the actual wildlife caring side.  These hotline shifts are done from our own homes through a phone diversions system.

So if you are interested in being involved in any capacity, there is an information and induction day at Yandina on Sunday 5th November. Membership application forms are available on the WILVOS website or you can call our  5441 6200 hotline to get our membership secretary’s details. Sylvia will be able to answer any questions you have.

Donna Brennan  Wildlife Volunteers Assoc  Inc  (WILVOS)

PO Box 4805 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Q  4560    PH  5441 6200    www.wilvos.org.au


Environmental devastation

Sometimes I have these incredible feelings of despair as I drive around the Sunshine Coast area.  There is just so much clearing of vegetation under way.

This week, on the way to the Australian Wildlife Hospital at Beerwah, there were huge tracts of forest cleared along the highway. Huge piles of mulch were all that were left. How many native animals go through the chippers?  Sadly, it is soon forgotten that there were any trees even  there.  This is just one little area.  Unfortunately, there are just too many people, and too many facilities needed to provide for them.

I have two adorable little short-billed corella chicks in care.  These had to be removed from their home and their parents.  A beautiful area of eucalypt forest had to be destroyed, again to feed the demands of we humans.  The rain meant that these little birds had a few more days with their parents, but eventually they had to be taken from the beautiful hollow, leaving the adult birds confused and distressed as their home territory was decimated.

Why is this done in springtime when the hollows, which have taken numerous decades to form, are filled with chicks, possum and glider joeys and scampering little reptiles.  Echidna puggles are hidden in burrows under logs and mulch.  It is all a tragedy and I wonder how some people sleep at night.

How are private landholders allowed to clear large areas of trees, leaving a lunar landscape?  Are these people still living in the dark ages?  Buy a rural property and then clearfell it?  The benefits of leaving trees on farming land has long been known, but there are still dinosaurs out there who believe that removing every tree is going to make the land more productive.

The koala population, or lack of it, is indicative of where our future lies.  We can kiss them goodbye.  Those that are remaining come into care needing extensive veterinary treatment for devastating diseases, the cause of which leads back again to the  destruction of their environment.  Then there are so many that  meet with car accidents and dog attacks.  Human impact again.  Koala extinction is a reality unless something is done now to try to prevent the inevitable.

Donna Brennan  Wildlife Volunteers Assoc  Inc  (WILVOS)

PO Box 4805 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Q  4560    PH  5441 6200    www.wilvos.org.au