Anthony of Australian Wildlife Displays held 2 WILDLIFE WARRIOR sessions yesterday sponsored by Hunter Valley Operations. All children enjoyed seeing and touching lovely Australian wildlife in a safe environment.
On the day this article refers to our Bird Coordinator, Meg Pittman, rescued a baby squirrel glider and some galahs. More mature animals like the echidna pictured were relocated by NALA’s Dean Sugden in the leadup to land clearing for Mt Pleasant Mine. Additionally Meg recently has rescued 15 baby rosellas to date from Bengalla Mine due to planned land clearing, These baby birds are keeping Meg and other bird carers very busy. Thanks for the acknowledgement in your newsletter Mt Pleasant Mine. And thank you also both Mt Pleasant and Bengalla for your ongoing support.
Wildlife Aid is seeking new members who are passionate about Australian wildlife and live in the Upper Hunter region (Singleton, Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter shires) who are able to care for macropods and provide a suitable ‘soft release site’ for Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Red Necked Wallabies and Swamp Wallabies. Typically, when a macropod reaches 3 to 4kg it needs to reside at a site where there are carers who can feed 2 to 3 times a day, and provide peaceful enclosures for animals of different ages which are safe from predators such as foxes, wild and domestic dogs, and traffic. The commitment to each joey can be up to 6 months depending on site and size of mob. As each joey gets older, feeding requirements become less demanding and it becomes more independent and is eventually released.
Wildlife Aid have been rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing Australian wildlife in the Upper Hunter region (from Singleton, through to Merriwa and Murrurundi) for over twenty years. They are a not-for-profit organisation that relies heavily on donations and grants. Members who offer a release site must live in the Upper Hunter as rehabilitated animals need to be released back into the environment that Wildlife Aid are licensed to protect.
Membership is $20 a year which includes a license to care for Australian wildlife, and insurance for any incidents that may occur while conducting wildlife care duties. Members have access to training, mentorship and subsidised feed. Members must be 18 years old or over.
New members without a release site also provide value to the group and are welcome to join. They may support the 24/7 hotline, help with fundraising and administration, rescue and care for other species such as wombats, possums, birds, bats and reptiles.
Being a macropod carer is demanding and very rewarding.
Download the membership form from our website and tick “rehabilitate” and “release”.
Wildlife Aid can offer a supportive environment, training, subsidised feed and veterinary fees. We are the only wildlife group in the Upper Hunter licensed by Office of Environment & Heritage in conjunction with National Parks & Wildlife Service.
Email your membership form to us and we can then assess the environment you offer for suitability.
Wildlife Aid currently has a vacancy for the Macropod Coordinator. If you love macropods and are a good mentor your volunteer services will be highly valuable to all macropod rescuers and carers.
We are seeking someone with macropod knowledge and the time to liaise and coordinate with all other mac rescuers and carers to fill this position. You don’t need to take in macropods to be the Macropod Coordinator, although it would be helpful to have some experience with this in order to provide advice to other members, as you will be the go-to person for macropods.
The coordinator will know what macropods are in care at all times, with all carers to report weekly to you with weight and progress reports, ensuring records are kept, and joeys are homed in the best environment for their size, maturity and condition.
If you are interested in this role please email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us about how you think you will be suitable for the role. If you have any questions please call the president, Fiona McBurney, on 0417 228 638. Applications will be considered by the committee and the role will be offered to the person most suitable for this critical role.
You will be supported by other coordinators past and present as you settle into the role.
All applicants must be a member of Wildlife Aid.
To coincide with National Threatened Species Day on Friday 07 September , Malabar Coal generously donated $1000 to Wildlife Aid to help offset the costs of rescue, veterinary care, specialised diets and rehabilitation of native wildlife in the Upper Hunter Valley. Malabar noted that Wildlife Aid is a not for profit organisation of dedicated volunteers that donate their time and resources to rescue and rehabilitate native wildlife.
Wildlife Aid was very fortunate to receive funding from GLENCORE Mangoola Mine for Australian Wildlife Displays to attend Denman Primary on Wednesday 23rd August. With the outstanding success of this day we hope to gain further funding for other rural schools.
Jason Desmond, the Environment Officer from Mangoola has been amazingly supportive and extended an invitation for groups to tour Mangoola Mine rehab area to see their passion for wildlife and regenerating habitat.
A special thank you volunteers to Di and Helen for helping to organise this successful event.
Wildlife Aid a very grateful to receive this kind donation, which will be used to feed the orphaned baby animals that come into our care. Read the press release from Hunter Valley News here: www.huntervalleynews.net.au/giving-animals-their-best-chance-for-recovery
Thank you Thiess for your kind donation, which has contributed to Wildlife Aid being able to re-instate compensation for vet bills to our wildlife carers.