Gather foliage for possums each afternoon

It is that time of year again when the WILVOS hotline 5441 6200 is at its busiest in the late afternoon. Our wildlife that begins to move about at dusk suddenly finds increased traffic to contend with. Approaching darkness coincides with the time that workers are heading home. The down side of the lovely cool weather!

Our hotline also receives a few bogus calls, which is a little sad that people would interrupt the lives of people who are caring for our wildlife in some way. On the other hand, it is also a little sad that anyone feels the need to do this. Never one to waste an opportunity to educate a caller on our wildlife, by the time I’ve finished talking they are ready to beat a hasty retreat and go and annoy someone else!

Our native animals will all benefit from the recent rain and it is hoped winter will be mild and not subject everyone to the extremes of the last summer. Many animals that came into care in the heat were suffering dehydration and needed urgent assistance.

It is much easier to gather foliage for possums each afternoon when there is so much new growth. My lovely neighbours brought me a huge amount of syzygium foliage one rainy afternoon so what my ringtail possums lost on variety that night was made up for by the quantity of fresh green leaftip. Our possums need the freshest foliage possible so foraging for a big variety of native foliage is always a late afternoon excursion. Moisture is lost very quickly once branches and leaves are cut, and it is up to we as wildlife rehabilitators to provide the very best quality each afternoon.

I hope everyone enjoyed their Bilby chocolates at Easter. As usual I left my shopping to the last minute and raced into the Nambour Post Office for the Fyna chocolates which meant a donation to the Save the Bilby Fund for each purchase. The staff are always so friendly and helpful there and said I could have my Bilbies for half price. That meant of course that I could buy twice as many!

This week, it would be nice if everyone could plant a native shrub in honour of Anzac Day.