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Monday, June 29, 2009

Focusing in on life as a Wildlife Carer.

Wildlife Carer 

Focusing in on life as a Wildlife Carer.
What is wildlife caring all about you might wonder. as you hand over a baby bird to a Nothern Tablelands Wildlife carer. Well with fifteen years with NTWC this volunteer can tell you. After completing training and becoming authorised to care for native animals a whole new world opens up. There are so many new skills to learn. Rescuing native animals, especially in urban areas, is always a challenge if its a snake or kangaroo or even a possum from a chimney. Most animals will bite and scratch to defend themselves wich isn’t much fun.. When captured, if animal is ok there is the problem of where to release or relocate within it’s territory. NTWC is able to help home owners by putting possum boxes in back gardens for the ousted ceiling dwellers. Koalas do not usuallly come down poles without help from a cherry picker with a licensed operator and be warned frightened koalas can really bite and scratch. Another big job is answering the incoming calls, we might need tot hink about a wild variety of problems locally or even further afield. Many callers just want information. If the animal needs help then we try to find a rescuer or local carer to travel and collect animals. Sometimes after big storms, strange coastal birds drop in which we have never seen before, so out come the indentification books or we log onto a web site. After that there is the delemma of finding fresh fish for the birds dinner, feeding them first and finding something else for us later. Rescuing bats and flying foxes means more than a training course, it means being vaccinated for Rabies. Having birds in care also means keeping feed on hand from composts and garden with healthy worms and grubs. If we decide to become “Mum”for a possum or macropod joey, an incredible journey begins for six tot nine months and each animal is different with a character all of its own. Late night feeds you thought were a thing of the past, not when there is a tiny kangaroo or possum in care. But its all so rewarding just to see them grow and then go back to being a   native animal. Our vision of ideal habitat changes and we become very aware of possible ddangers and needs of different animals. Ideal habitat is hard to find so we turn to revegetation areas. If animal care us not on the agenda there are many jobs to keep an organisation running. You could become an advertising expert and make all sorts of amazing contacs. Join an fundraising team and run raffles or conduct functions. If writing letters and submissions is a skill then NTWC has a job vacancy. NTWC relies upon grants, fundraising and donations. Producing a newsletter or being a wep padge manager are all skills wich towards running a wildlife carer group. NTWC is licensed by National Parks and this requires keeping detailed recordds of every call and anmial coming into care. Than collating aand submitting an annual return. Another job is that of a “data collator”and license officer. Or how about running training courses for carers ? Just four years ago A NSW wildlife council was formed representatives now  attend quarterly meetings in Sydney. Become a volunteer wildlife carer and discover the magic of our native animals and know what a privilege it is to care for them all.
NEWSLETTER OF THE NORTHERN TABLLANDS WILDLIFE CARERS BY JULIA ROSE
sent to me by Colin Wood

This is something I would realie love to do…….

posted by Monique at 2:54 pm  

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