The Grey-headed Flying-fox. photo: Steve Parish
Three species: Greyheaded, Black and Little red Flying foxes.
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Throughout your life, there is a voice only you can hear. A voice which mythologists label “the call”. A call to the true value of your life. If you never hear it, perhaps nothing is lost. If you hear it and ignore it, your life is lost.
CONSERVATION——-WHAT CAN I DO?
Often asked, “What can I do on a day to day basis to help the native animals”?
We also believe that most people will do the right thing if they know what the right thing is—-Part of our awareness program is to suggest a few observations to you.
We have compiled a list in no particular order as each species has a varying degree of needs.
1- LAND CLEARING ————– Most species in Australia and around the world are at risk from land clearing as this is a direct assault on habitat. The species that compete for territory cannot be readily relocated, as this will cause conflict with other species already using these areas. Other species imprint on a territory and are lost without their home. We have and will continue to receive many animals into care because of land clearing including singletree felling on properties. If land needs to be cleared then a spotter catcher should be employed—–common sense applies big time here as to fell trees during springtime is a death sentence to birds and other animals that use trees for rearing young. It is important to note that just because one cannot see an animal does not mean that the holes in the trees and the bark do not contain animal roosts/dens.
2- DOMESTIC PETS—————-As much as we love them—KEEP THEM IN AT NIGHT AND ON A LEASH DURING THE DAY—– We can’t tell you the number of native fauna that is lost each year due to dog and cat attacks. When asked the public always says but my pet wouldn’t hurt anything it is only a natural reaction for them to do otherwise.
3- FEEDING WILDLIFE———Have you ever wondered why some areas are overrun with magpies for instance—Often times this comes from daily feeding of a particular species—Often we find overfeeding and inappropriate feeding regimes cause overpopulation, many dietary problems and dependence issues with native fauna. What happens when you go on holiday or move away? Common sense is our ally if you must feed please find out what is best to feed them and only do so every few days—please do not make them dependent—-Spread this word in your neighbourhood.
4- YOUR GARDEN——-following on from number 3 planting food source and habitat trees and shrubs is easy, creates a natural environment for the species in your area, and will encourage species to be on your property. Local councils have brochures available and if interested you may wish to join Land for Wildlife.
5- FRUIT NETTING—— We see horrific injuries caused each year by the improper use of netting and incorrect netting product —If netting is used please pin it down to the ground so that fauna does not get entangled—Contact the Australian Bat Clinic for further advice.
6- DRIVE SLOWER AT NIGHT—Most of our native fauna is active by night—Awareness tells us that we need to be particularly vigilant of fauna at night.
7- BARBWIRE FENCING— Every year we encounter animals caught on fencing and particularly fencing near food sources and lines of migratory species. Please take a moment to visit the special___ Wildlife friendly fencing section_____.
We choose only once. We choose to be warriors or to be ordinary. A second choice does not exist. Not on this earth.
Caring For Bats
Rescuing and rehabilitating bats is a rewarding and challenging branch of wildlife care.
There are many excellent sources of information available about bats, however the following is a brief introduction to their special characteristics.
(includes Flying-foxes, Tube-nosed Fruit Bats and Blossom Bats)
Donations and Memberships
The Australian Bat Clinic and Wildlife Trauma Centre are a nonprofit organization, and is supported entirely by donations.
Frequently Asked Questions about Bats.