Our WILVOS 5441 6200 Hotline has become extremely busy which is normal as Spring arrives. The tragic forest clearing all over the Sunshine Coast has meant a non-stop demand for rehabilitation of orphaned and injured wildlife. It is just depressing to see land so mercilessly cleared and then suddenly a new housing development appears with some ludicrous name ending in ‘Forest’ or ‘Sanctuary’.
On the other hand, it is refreshing to see people who really care about our wildlife and their predicament. The workers in the Coolum industrial area went to great lengths last week to save four plover eggs which are now in the incubator and will hopefully hatch in a couple of weeks.
Situations such as this are often unavoidable, so it is a matter of dealing with the issue in the best way possible . The bobcat had to work in this area. There was a similar scenario at the Maroochy RSL. Planter boxes on the outside of the building had to be refurbished and lorikeets were nesting in these boxes. It was a credit to those working there that they knew to check for chicks and eggs and to carefully remove them before the heavy machinery moved in. WILVOS were contacted before the work began so we were ready to take on these little ones. This was the best option, but not everyone is so considerate of our wildlife.
Thank you to all who care for our unique Australian wildlife. We can all make a difference – checking pouches of dead animals, (always being aware of your own safety at roadsides), putting up nest boxes for birds and possums in our yards, planting native flowering and fruiting plants, containing domestic pets, and just being aware of any native animals that may need assistance.
Donna Brennan Wildlife Volunteers Assoc Inc (WILVOS) PO Box 4805 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Q 4560 PH 5441 6200 www.wilvos.org.au