Here’s a great article and information on Flying-foxes
One quarter of all mammal species in the world are bats, which belong to the order Chiroptera, meaning ‘handwinged’.Bats can be divided into two
- Megabats (Megachiroptera), which includes flying-foxes, as well as the lesser known tubenosed bats andblossom bats.
- Microbats (Microchiroptera), which are smaller insectivorous bats. Megabats differ greatly from microbats (see Table 1 in the attached article); their main similarities are that they are the only winged mammals and are primarily nocturnal.
Already this new FAWNA year, since 1st July we have had 559 creatures recorded, and this is supposed to be our quiet time. Intakes and reasons have been many and varied.
The brief summary chart (page 2) gives you some idea of what species groups have been keeping our trusty phone operators, rescuers and rehabilitators on their toes.
It was my great privilege to be hosted by the NSW Wildlife Council to attend the Australian Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference held in Melbourne over four days in August. I travelled with Wendy Pfeil to the conference. There was a great variety of wildlife topics in the very full program and we are keeping our eye open on the website www.awrc.org.au so we can let you know when the papers presented at the Conference are published and available for all to see. It was a great opportunity to network with wildlife rehabilitation colleagues from across Australia and I am pleased that the 2018 Conference will be held in NSW which should make it a more affordable prospect for many of our members to attend.
FAWNA has sent its Annual Return in to Office of Environment & Heritage before the due date, and Ron LePla is currently working on our records to extract some meaningful statistical data which will show numbers, reasons, geographic spread and fates of our wildlife over a twelve month period. I am sure when members see the aggregate result of all their work in accurately recording their wildlife intakes they will better understand the importance of this record keeping.
FAWNA was audited in June/July on both rehabilitation and management operations and while we have not had written feedback from the audits we have every reason to believe we passed muster. This audit, while always part of OEH’s Rehabilitation Policy, is one of the processes that Office of Environment & Heritage is going through to determine the future of the wildlife rehabilitation sector as part of the Biodiversity Conservation Legislation review that has been going on for several years now.
President – Meredith Ryan
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We are taking advantage of our quieter time for wildlife to offer training courses for our members from now until November. It is really important that members comply with the conditions of the Rehabilitation Code of Practice and ensure they retrain at a minimum of three year intervals. Many members who have not met that requirement now need to take action to meet their obligations and to be able to retain their Authority to Rescue and/or Care. Training will be one of the many subjects raised in the Compliance Audit currently being undertaken of FAWNA by Office of Environment and Heritage. This Audit was advised to members in the June Member Bulletin. In July your management committee will be meeting with OEH Senior Team Leaders from Sydney.
There are some great training courses on offer so please book in early to ensure we have your training materials prepared on time. It’s a lot of work so make it easy for us please by booking via the training courses link above. All the details are there.
Please renew your membership on time – they are due by 30 June, 2016 – and make sure your records are all squeaky clean by being up to date at 30 June which is our records close off date for annual reporting to the licensee.
Thank you goes to rescuers and rehabilitators, phone operators, committee, supporters, fundraisers, families and significant others. By our collective effort we have kept the FAWNA front door open 24/7 and have achieved some humane and many good outcomes for our wildlife.