The native birds are now busy nesting and it looks like the months ahead will be very busy for the WILVOS 5441 6200 Hotline as well as for carers. A few of us are having sleepless nights with furless macropod and possum joeys. Whatever animal it is, they receive wonderful care until being returned healthy and fit to the wild. That is our reward! Our WILVOS carers and hotliners do an amazing job and volunteer so much time to rescue and rehabilitate all wildlife in need of care.
In a few weeks time we have a full weekend of training with a very experienced wildlife vet from Adelaide. Wildlife rehabilitation brings with it a never-ending journey of learning. It is not enough to carry on with old methods of care, when new research can improve our techniques in caring. Our wildlife face a tough battle out there and we must arm them with the best opportunity for survival.
From the moment our native animals come into care our thoughts must be with their final release back into the environment. This becomes more and more difficult as habitat is thoughtlessly decimated. Being a born and bred Queenslander I am not proud of the fact that this state has the worst tree clearing record in Australia.
Members who joined WILVOS a few years ago were busy planning their Mapleton Springs Bed & Breakfast. Somehow the pre-release kangaroo paddocks appeared first. Very sneaky Rachel! Lovely big paddocks, they allow the kangaroos a big area in which to race around and build up muscle. That is so important for preparation for release. These animals must be at peak fitness to outrun predators.
Now, sadly, wallaby joeys are coming into care at an alarming rate. Rachel’s next project is to plant low growing native shrubs for the wallabies in one paddock area. The swamp wallabies live in a dense habitat which allows them to conceal themselves, in contrast to the needs of the grey kangaroos. The kangaroos prefer open space which allows them to take advantage of their incredible speed. If anyone has any surplus native shrubs out there, I’m sure Rachel and Phillip would be happy to relocate them to their paddocks!
Last weekend saw the release of a number of possum into lovely forests away from developments. The back of the car was full and some sad goodbyes were said. This was just part of the continuous cycle of wildlife coming into care because of some sad event, until they leave with views to a brighter future.
Donna Brennan Wildlife Volunteers Assoc Inc (WILVOS)
PO Box 4805 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Q 4560 PH 5441 6200 www.wilvos.org.au