Feeding in damp weather

What ever-changing weather we are experiencing! The sun shone beautifully for the Sunshine Coast Show, which was a credit to its organizers. I could have sat there in the stands at Nambour for three days if time, and wildlife, had allowed. Nevertheless, I did enjoy my one day in there, and the opportunity to watch a brilliant live show by Mikayla Jade, the very talented trick rider and liberty performer. Her skills definitely extend way beyond wildlife caring!

The WILVOS hotline has had some interesting calls come through. One astounding incident saw a kookaburra viciously attacked by a rooster. Luckily he was spotted protecting his chook pen territory and the owner pulled them apart. The rooster had been pecking at the kookaburra’s mouth. Give me back my dinner? It was pouring rain at the time so it was one very sad kookaburra. After drying and warming him, a short time in care saw him back with his very grateful family.

Another caller spoke to me about the legality of feeding wildlife. It is always preferable not to feed wildlife, with a clean dish of water each day being a better option. On the other hand, in the recent wet weather, animals do have a struggle finding food. Unfortunately, when grain is fed, the damp weather can lead to it becoming wet and toxic, so it is best to just put the grain out for a short time and then bring in and discard leftovers. Even fruit can spoil so this advice really goes for all food placed out for wildlife. Bread should never be fed. The long term effects of bread feeding can be disastrous.

With the election looming it is hoped that future decision makers will consider our wildlife. Habitat destruction is the main threat to the future of wildlife, but unfortunately it is not of high priority with many who choose to ignore this in favour of short term economic gains.

Every vote is important so we can all make each one count towards what is important for our families and for their future.