We are in a terrible, fiery climate emergency. Humans and animals are in crisis.
We have seen at least a billion animals die [not including billions of insects.
This number is rapidly rising as animals face starvation in destroyed ecosystems where there is no food.
Responding to this on the front line of this are the wildlife rescue groups .
They have always been there caring for injured animas and orphans.
Now they are massively mobilizing to leave out food and for the animals in the burnt out forest and heal those that are injured.
Earth Matters brings you a glimpse of the life of wildlife carer Belinda Hogarth _Boyd and plugs you into some ideas and places where you too can help.
Music : Superb Wrens, Honeyeaters, Rufous Whistler, Olive backed Oriole from 'A Morning in the Australian Bush' album by Listening Earth"
This week's show is #1227 was produced by Bec Horridge
Despite the enormous devastation, the Government is taking a miserly approach to our iconic wildlife who have been decimated by bushfires.
Last week, I called on the PM to fund the treatment and rehabilitation of fire-affected wildlife. We’ve now pressured Scott Morrison into action, but his announcement today of a one-off $50 million for animals is just a drop in the ocean of what’s needed.
Helping animals in emergencies: has a good list of what foods different animals eat https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/topics/animals-and-plants/native-animals/helping-wildlife-in-emergencies>
NSW list of licenced wildlife rehabilitation groups https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/topics/animals-and-plants/native-animals/rehabilitating-native-animals/wildlife-rehabilitation-licences#rehab
https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/topics/animals-and-plants/native-animals/helping-wildlife-in-emergencies: has lists of what to feed different animals and an app to find a free vet for injured animals
Victorian Department of Environment Land Water and Planning
Wildcare Queanbeyan, NSW, : http://www.wildcare.com.au/ - this is the homepage for our group based out of Queanbeyan, NSW. The homepage elaborates on how people can assist with food drops and Food4Wildlife Program.
http://www.narg.asn.au/ - Native Animal Rescue Group (NARG), this is a sister organisation in Braidwood, NSW.
https://www.wildlife-rescue.org.au/ - Wildlife Rescue South Coast , this is another sister organisation based on the south coast of NSW, Including the areas of Batemans Bay, and Moruya that have been heavily impacted by bushfires.
https://www.nwc.org.au/ - NSW Wildlife Council, this is the peak body for 27 wildlife groups in NSW.
Backyard buddies is an educational sites to raise awareness around Australian wildlife. This link in particular has a good plan on how to build possum box.
How do I get started? Read WIRES Rescue and Immediate Care Course details for more course information and how to enrol.
Wombat Rescue (https://www.facebook.com/RescueWombats/) specialises in the rescue operations of wombats hit by cars or shot and left to die and Sleepy Burrows Wombat Sanctuary (https://www.facebook.com/SleepyBurrows/) is the largest bare nosed wombat sanctuary in Australia. We have partnered with a project in the Tallaganda Fire Area where we provide support feed and water to wildlife that survived the fire but are starving as there is no food source or any water left. We have been doing this for 11 weeks and counting. Will continue for probably the next 4-6 months
Wombatcare Bundanoon. Feed the wildlife fund.
Teishan Ahearne, Kerri-Lee Harding, Bec Horridge and Nicky Stott.