NWC – NSW Wildlife Council

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Threatened Species Day

Despite the efforts of so many passionate conservationists, national Threatened Species Day (September 7) passes unnoticed by many Australians, although recent surveys show that Australians are more concerned than ever about our impact on the environment. Each year on Threatened Species Day, the BRINK initiative brings together an alliance of respected conservation organisations to speak with one voice on the importance of decisive action to conserve Australia’s threatened species. Last year around 30 conservation organisations with over two hundred thousand supporters participated in the Brink .
In an effort to raise the profile of all threatened species, we focus on one flagship species each year.

This year, the focus is on the critically endangered Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat.

In an effort to raise the profile of all threatened species, The Brink focuses on one flagship species each year. This year, the focus is on the critically endangered Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat.

In an effort to raise the profile of all threatened species, The Brink focuses on one flagship species each year. This year, the focus is on the critically endangered Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat.

ABOUT THE NORTHERN HAIRY-NOSED WOMBAT

The Northern hairy-nosed wombat (NHW) is the largest of the three wombat species weighing up to 40Kg. They were once widespread, across eastern Australia, but today, they are found in only two locations: Epping Forest National Park in Central Queensland and in the Richard Underwood Nature Refuge near St George, Queensland. For more information, see the Wombat Foundation website.

The most effective thing we can do to help the Northern Hairy-nosed wombat is to contact the Australian and Queensland Environment ministers, let them know about our concern, and ask them to help in ways that support the latest recovery plan for the Northern Hairy-nosed wombat. See The Brinks website for a letter guide and also other ways that you might be able to help the Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat.

New species of glider found

Researchers in the Northern Territory believe they have found a new marsupial species, and the process of identifying it could take them all the way to the British Museum.

The undescribed species of glider was first captured for analysis in the Northern Territory by researchers at Charles Darwin University, and is an animal Australia knows little about.

“We made our first sighting in Kakadu in October 2013,” said Professor Sue Carthew, lead researcher on the Northern Glider Project.

“It used to be thought sugar gliders occurred across the Top End, all along the Eastern Seaboard and New Guinea. But we have genotyped gliders from a whole range of areas and found that the northern Australian gliders are quite different.”

Gliders have been known to exist in the Northern Territory since the 1800s, but few studies have ever been conducted on the furry creatures, making Professor Carthew’s study the first of its kind.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/new-species-of-glider-discovered-in-the-northern-territory-20150812-gixnym.html

Volunteering Australia Announces New Definition for Volunteering

Since late 2013 Volunteering Australia has been challenging the concept of ‘what constitutes volunteering in contemporary Australia?’

The new definition follows a review that included the release of an issues paper, national stakeholder information sessions and an online survey to gauge community views. The result is a broader and more inclusive definition that reflects the diversity of volunteering activities undertaken nationally.

The new definition states that ‘volunteering’ is time willingly given for the common good without financial gain. The definition is accompanied by a set of explanatory notes providing clarity on what is in and what is out.

‘We know that the role of volunteers has changed drastically; our previous definition did not reflect this. For volunteer involving organisations the new definition will assist in workforce planning and bring clarity around what volunteers can do. For volunteers it will allow better support of the work they do.

Above all things, the new definition will ensure a common understanding of what volunteering is, ultimately supporting the integrity of the work they do,’ said Brett Williamson, OAM, CEO of Volunteering Australia.

To view the information on the new definition and explanatory notes visit the Volunteering Australia website

Surveying Animal Advocates

The University of South Australia (UniSA) in a joint project between Apoorva Madan; Master of Psychology (Clinical) Student Researcher, Dr Phil Kavanagh; Research Supervisor and Dr Tania Signal; Research Supervisor are conducting a study on the Psychological effects of Compassion among Animal Advocates/Activists.

The aim of this study is to explore the psychological and emotional effects of compassion for animals and involvement in animal advocacy and/or activism. There is currently little awareness in Psychology surrounding the psychological impact that involvement in animal advocacy/activism may have on individuals. Understanding these effects may aid in increased awareness, research and potential future support development for the animal activist community, if appropriate. Your participation in this study will include providing basic demographic information, some information regarding your involvement in advocacy/activism, and providing responses to statements about your emotional experiences.

For more information and to participate in the survey please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HR6VGXS

2015 Rehabilitator Grants

2015 Rehabilitator Grants Program brought forward by 3 months

The NSW Wildlife Council has brought forward its annual program of small grants to licensed rehabilitators by three months to avoid the busy spring season for rehabilitators and their Groups. This year’s Grants program offers five grants of up to $1,000 each for wildlife rehabilitation projects that will be assessed on the criteria of Need, Excellence and Value for money.

NARG 2013

Shirley Lack, NWC representative for Native Animal Rescue Group (NARG) presents Bill Waterhouse a $1000 cheque.

The applications are open now and must be completed and returned to NWC no later than 1st August, 2015. Applicants must have their projects “signed off” by their Group. Voting will take place on eligible applications at the Annual General Meeting to be held on Sunday 23rd August, 2015 and successful applicants will be advised by the end of August. They will need to accept the Grant terms within three weeks.

Full details of the Application process and the Application Form are included in the links.

We look forward to a successful Grants round for 2015 – any queries you may have about the Grants Program should be addressed to grants@nwc.org.au

Flying Foxes in heatwaves

Flying Foxes

With heat wave conditions affecting the Northern NSW area, and the likelihood it could affect any area, members of the public are reminded of some basic precautions if they come across flying-foxes affected by unusually high temperatures, or found alone, or caught in barbed wire or netting.

Never attempt to rescue any flying-fox yourself because of the slight possibility of the Australian bat lyssavirus (ABL) being transmitted to you. ABL can only be transmitted via the bat’s saliva into an open cut or direct into a human’s eyes, mouth or via mucous membranes.

Always call your local wildlife rescue group for a trained and vaccinated rescuer to help the animal. Your local group can be found on the Wildlife Rescue mobile phone App or on the website www.nwc.org.au.

From Bulahdelah to the top of the Kempsey Shire please call FAWNA’s 24 hour rescue line on 6581 4141.

If you are bitten or scratched always wash the area carefully and for a few minutes under running water and seek immediate medical attention. There is a vaccine available provided at no cost to you.

Gov Plan not the solution

Flying Foxes

Flying FoxesNSW government plan is not the solution for Bats and Flying-foxes

On the eve of the Minister for the Environment’s announcement of NSW’s New Flying Fox Management Strategy, the NWC’s Chair, Audrey Koosmen, urged the Government “to protect these environmentally-important but misunderstood animals.” (more…)