Every tree counts!

Firstly, here on the Sunshine Coast we should be grateful for our great medical facilities.  I have had considerable contact with the Buderim Private Hospital in the last week and the staff, the service and the food provided just has to be commended.

It was rather unusual to be in  a human medical environment.  It is certainly a change from that of a veterinary one with native animals being the reason for concern.

Unfortunately, some people don’t seem to be concerned about the environment or our precious wildlife.  It is sad to hear of trees being so blatantly poisoned at Shelly Beach again.  The selfish arrogance of the human race.  Every tree is so important now, in this era of often irresponsible land clearing. An excellent solution has been utilized elsewhere.  Whenever trees are poisoned, the Council replace these trees with a timber wall, at least until replacement trees attain the same height as the original trees.  Those wanting a view will find out there are worse things than trees waving in the breeze to obstruct their view.

As wildlife carers, we do see some very cute animals.  Some weeks ago a carer was given a cattle egret chick by her local veterinarian.  It really was quite an adorable looking young bird.  Originally from Asia, and not seen in large numbers in Australia till the mid twentieth century these birds have settled into the Australian landscape very comfortably.  It is not unusual to see them in paddocks picking ticks off cattle. Though mainly insect eaters, they also include cane toads in their diet.

I love seeing the  WILVOS wheelie bin stickers on so many bins out on the street on garbage collection day.  Already, people have noticed the WILVOS 5441 6200 hotline number on the stickers, and have  rung up about injured and orphaned native animals.  These stickers are able to be ordered off our WILVOS website or Facebook page by anyone wanting a colourful bin and wanting to help our Australian native wildlife.

Donna Brennan  Wildlife Volunteers Assoc  Inc  (WILVOS)

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


Please consider our native animals in the busy holiday season.

The Christmas/New Year break can be a worrying time for native animal carers. Hopefully, wildlife carers across Australia have not had too many more patients with the increased number of cars on the road over the holidays,  along with more abandoned , or just plain neglected, domestic animals roaming around

Holiday time often means more wildlife coming into care.  Increased fishing activity leads to more little plastic bags that find their way into the stomachs of platypus, turtles, fish, birds and reptiles.  It is promising to see so many more people aware of this problem these days.  I saw a young lad fishing at a river last week and he was consciously being very diligent at putting his plastic bait bags and discarded fishing line into a special lidded bucket.  Our young people are the future of our wildlife. Oops, sorry fish!

I am often puzzled at the attitudes of people towards wildlife.  Visiting friends, observing my wallabies hanging in their pouches on the back patio and grazing in the back yard, commented on how clean native animals are. That surprised me but made me think.  They are brought up in such a  pristine mothers pouch and any wild animals’ survival depends on keeping their environment clean.  As with all animals, it is their carer who is at fault if an animal or their environment is dirty.  It always amazed me noticing the difference between the hygiene habits of a feral pig and a high-density farm pig.  Those ferals were much cleaner!

There are still young birds out there being often unnecessarily picked up and taken from parents.  I’d urge everyone if you see a bird on the ground, just observe it for a while to see if any injuries and if parents are feeding.  If there are no predators around, parents will usually come and feed them until the young  improve their flying skills.  Of course, if concerned, just call our WILVOS hotline and they can advise you or recommend someone you can call for further advice.

Thank you to the very generous Nambour Apex Club for their recent donation to help one of our newer members with her macropod fencing.  Rachel has been an invaluable member since joining early last year.  Besides becoming a  very proficient macropod carer, she has contributed to the administration side in ways too many to list.  Looking after cute native animals is one thing, but not too many people  want to submerge themselves in paper work.  Those jobs tend to grow and grow!

Let us hope that 2018 is a good year for all animals.  Happy new year to all.

Donna Brennan  Wildlife Volunteers Assoc  Inc  (WILVOS)

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