The calls to the WILVOS 5441 6200 haven’t abated, but at least we know conditions out there are now improving for our wildlife. How welcome is the rain? It must have been a beautiful feeling for those who so desperately needed it down south and in the west. Shortlived but every drop welcome. We can only hope everyone receives much, much more rain in the coming months.
My two kangaroos, Velvet and Jo, weren’t scared of the loud claps of thunder. Velvet had her feet up looking totally relaxed. They are now enjoying the fresh green grass.
I don’t think the people, animals and environment will ever recover from these past months, rather it will be a time of adjustment. WILVOS have been busy helping wherever needed. Sometimes the more isolated areas are forgotten. I am absolutely in awe of the amount of people who have donated money and have sewn so many pouches, and crocheted so many birds nests for little orphan nestling birds. Wildlife carers will not have to worry about sewing pouches for many years. People across Australia and overseas have been truly inspirational
So much money has been donated over past months to so many organizations. I have had numerous requests for advice on where to donate money. We have directed people to those down south that have been operating for many years, are reputable and are on the ground from the beginning. Unfortunately it is a time when scammers appear, and it is hoped that all the funds are spent were the donors intended.
While government agencies discuss Royal Commissions, things need to happen NOW to deal with the result of drought and bushfires. Wildlife are starving. Farmers are still out there without communications, no money and stock dying. Meanwhile the money keeps rolling in. Royal Commissions are useless if recommendations are not put into place, and that is the usual scenario across all fields.
Feeding wildlife is great but feral control needs to be practiced alongside the feeding program. Cats and foxes will immediately learn where animals congregate around feed and water stations. It makes for an easy meal for them.
This is the perfect time to enforce feral control. Sadly, it doesn’t take long to approve and issue culling permits for our precious native species – kangaroos, parrots and bats. Eradicating ferals is now more crucial than ever, as our wildlife numbers have dropped to dangerously low levels. There is no time for lengthy unproductive debates.
Donna Brennan Wildlife Volunteers Assoc Inc (WILVOS) PO Box 4805 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Q 4560 PH 5441 6200 www.wilvos.org.au