Our weather just isn’t kind to our wildlife at the moment. It’s either too cold, too hot, too dry, too wet, or too windy! It has made that baby bird season a tough struggle for the chicks.
WILVOS are really looking for new wildlife carers at the moment. The more people who can learn to care for our wildlife the better. The coastal strip is always in dire need of more helpers.
Often people are under the misconception that if they have domestic animals they can’t look after wildlife. In fact, as animal lovers, the majority of wildlife carers have their own domestic pets. Of course, they keep them separate to their rehabilitating wildlife. Noone wants to dull the predator awareness instincts of our native animals.
It is also a fact that all wildlife carers began looking after wildlife with little or no prior knowledge of the needs of orphaned or injured Australian wildlife. Under the Media section on WILVOS website there are some really interesting fact sheets that give information on many of our native species. WILVOS Facebook page shows some of the wildlife that have been rescued, rehabilitated and released.
WILVOS have training days for new members to teach people about wildlife caring. It also gives people an opportunity to see at what level they can be involved. Experienced carers are always available to work with and are there to offer support and advice. The majority of our wildlife carers work either full time or part time. Some people can look after small animals that need feeding every few hours, others may just want to look after wildlife that need morning and late afternoon feeds. Many new members are happy to just do the phone training so they can help out on the hotline shifts. The knowledge gained from this often makes them realize that they would like to be more involved on the actual wildlife caring side. These hotline shifts are done from our own homes through a phone diversions system.
So if you are interested in being involved in any capacity, there is an information and induction day at Yandina on Sunday 5th November. Membership application forms are available on the WILVOS website or you can call our 5441 6200 hotline to get our membership secretary’s details. Sylvia will be able to answer any questions you have.
Donna Brennan Wildlife Volunteers Assoc Inc (WILVOS)
PO Box 4805 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Q 4560 PH 5441 6200 www.wilvos.org.au