Food 4 Wildlife food stations – MidCoast LGA

MidCoast is the third Local Government Area now up and running in FAWNA’s #Food4Wildlife campaign thanks to the generous donations from members of the public who want to directly help wildlife. 

Joey with burnt feet

We have been generously supported and we thank everyone for their contributions to this cause. 

It has become a real community project to support our wildlife that has had fire, on top of drought decimating their food resources and habitat. 

The public collection points are stocked with free macropod pellets and wild bird seed in Taree, Wingham, Bobin, Nabiac, Rainbow Flat, Hallidays Point, Old Bar and Manning Point

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Update on fire and drought-affected wildlife

Wallaby with burnt ears. Photo: Jodie Isaac
Wallaby with burnt ears. Photo: Jodie Isaac

Mid north coast wildlife rescue group, FAWNA, wishes to thank the caring community for its generosity in donations to help the region’s wildlife impacted by the current fires raging through the area.  FAWNA’s President, Meredith Ryan said “so many of these animals have been impacted by not only the fires but the record-breaking drought that has caused severe food shortages for all the bird and animal species; beekeepers are having to take their hives out of the district due to lack of pollen and nectar”

“FAWNA put out a call for help and the public response has been tremendous,” Mrs Ryan said.  We are now in a position that we will be able to arrange some wildlife food supply collection points where the public can pick up kangaroo pellets, favoured by kangaroos, wallabies and birds, and also some wild birdseed.  We expect to have this program rolling out over the coming weeks once the major roads are open and the ordered supplies can be shipped to the area.  After the Pappinbarra fires several years ago FAWNA was able to use community donations to provide a local wildlife food collection point for several months while grass and leaves grew back.  We will get more information out to the community just as soon as we can.

International Fund for Animal Welfare IFAW, and the, The Rescue Collective donations of product and goods ensured the immediate treatment to burned animals was possible.

Long term weather forecast is that drought conditions will prevail at least until the end of January. In the meantime providing water for wildlife is a way the community can help these animals suffering unprecedented shortages.  FAWNA is encouraging everyone to put out shallow containers of water for wildlife.  These containers should be cleaned and replenished regularly and should contain rocks or some means of escape so no animal can drown or get caught.  New plastic cat litter trays, old baking dishes, plastic 10-litre water containers and small drums cut in half are all cheap and easily accessible containers for the wildlife.  Safety is paramount so providing shallow containers or some means of escape is important. 

FAWNA thanks everyone for all the offers of help.  There have not been huge numbers of animals coming in and the group’s volunteers are able to manage with a big thank you to local vets and organisations who have ensured FAWNA is well-supplied with appropriate burn treatments.  Port Macquarie’s Koala Hospital emergency teams have spearheaded searches for all wildlife and the two koala groups in the Region have been run off their feet with koalas who are usually the most fire-affected wildlife species.

Mrs Ryan said, “it is just fabulous we have so many people in our community that care for our wildlife and want to do what they can to help them – it is heartwarming and makes our job that much easier”.

For all wildlife rescues in MidCoast, Port Macquarie-Hastings and Kempsey Shires call FAWNA or for koalas the numbers below and to donate to the wildlife food project or for more information on FAWNA’s work with wildlife go to www.fawna.org.au

FAWNA’s 24-hour rescue hotline on 6581 4141
Koala Hospital – Port Macquarie – 6584 1522
Koalas In Care – Taree – 6552 2183

Submitted by:
Meredith Ryan 0419 423 426
E: fawna.nsw.inc@gmail.com

PUBLIC MESSAGE TO PEOPLE OFFERING HELP TO F.A.W.N.A. (NSW) INC

PUBLIC MESSAGE TO PEOPLE OFFERING HELP TO F.A.W.N.A. (NSW) INC WITH THE CURRENT BUSHFIRES IN MIDCOAST, PORT MACQUARIE-HASTINGS AND KEMPSEY SHIRES

FAWNA would like to thank all those wonderful people who have offered assistance of all kinds to support our efforts with displaced, injured and burnt wildlife from the fires. We can’t possibly respond to the huge number of contacts but we value each and every one – thank you.

Our volunteers are equipped and able to cope with the number of animals that have come in from the fires over the past few weeks. We are well-equipped and our members are trained to handle affected wildlife and administer to their needs. Our wonderful colleagues at Koala Conservation Australia have been spearheading the Search and Rescue efforts, not only for koalas, but keeping an eye out for all species. Sadly there are not a lot of animals being found and brought in. In the MidCoast Region Koalas in Care have also been active in the aftermath of the numerous fires that started in October.

People from other wildlife rescue groups have been wonderful offering help as and when needed and these will be our first port of call should it be that we do need to send animals outside the FAWNA system.

We are required that all animal rehabilitation is done by licensed and trained people so we can’t accept animal caring help from members of the public. But, FAWNA has found it heart-warming that there have been so many offers of to assist. IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, has funded expensive burn creams and our vets have been wonderful with donation of their time and supplies.

We have received a number of donations via the donate tab on www.fawna.org.au for which we are most grateful. We would like all donors to know that all monies donated to FAWNA go directly to assist wildlife whether it is buying food or medications for them or paying vet bills and supporting members with equipment they need to directly care for their injured and orphaned critters.

FAWNA has no paid staff and we do everything by the smell of an oily rag to make sure our funds do meet our core objective of rescue, rehabilitation and release. Our volunteers are champions and we try to make their wildlife caring work as economical as possible for them.

After the Pappinbarra fires a few years ago we were able to use donated monies to buy animal foods that locals could collect and leave out for the hungry wildlife after the fires.

We do ask members of the public to put out shallow and safe water dishes for wildlife and clean and replenish them regularly. Rocks and ramps for safety to save any animal getting stuck or drowned is recommended.

A big Thank You all from Team FAWNA