WILVOS receive many inspiring calls through the 5441 6200 Hotline number. Hearing about the good stories gives us some optimism for the future of our wildlife.
Recently a staff member at Noosa Christian College phoned up to ask us about turtle hatchlings they had found. The eggs had been laid under a shipping container at the school and fourteen little hatchlings appeared and began dispersing. No-one could resist the urge to ‘save’ them, and put them in a container of water with a big flat rock to rest on out of the water. They then gave WILVOS a call to plan the best course of action. It was so good to hear that they had immediately started to research all about freshwater turtles.
Students and staff were very happy to let the family of saw-shelled turtles head off down to the creek. They were all fascinated watching them scarpering down to the water. What a wonderful learning experience for all. It is a beautiful environment around the creek at the school.
Turtles are often found away from water but this is because they may be heading off to another water course to find food. They always eat in the water, but they don’t mind a little wander around the countryside. If found on the road, they must always be moved in the direction they were going. Very like echidnas, they are very stubborn and will be determined to continue on the way they were headed.
WILVOS are always happy to help people with information on wildlife. Our sincere thanks to Tawny and Matt, at the lovely Café Nurcha, for deciding to hold a community awareness and fundraising day, last Saturday, for WILVOS.
Tawny and Matt took a little eastern grey kangaroo joey to Sylvia a couple of years ago and Daisy is leading a lovely life out at her release site. She still visits around the house of the property owners occasionally with some of her mob.
The day at Café Nurcha was a great opportunity to recruit new members who may wish to help either by training to be a carer, or helping out on hotline, administrative duties, or picking up and delivering wildlife from vets and members of the public. All help is welcome.
Donna Brennan Wildlife Volunteers Assoc Inc (WILVOS) PO Box 4805 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Q 4560 PH 5441 6200 www.wilvos.org.au