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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