Public Care for Wildlife Survey - Black Summer 2019/2020
We are conducting a survey for individuals, groups, and communities that provided food, water and care for Australian wildlife during the 2019/2020 drought and bushfire season. The information collected from the survey will be available to wildlife agencies and rescue groups to help with future programs. We'd also like to hear about your story and personal experience. We have already had so many touching accounts that we will share where permission has been given. A heartfelt thank you to everyone that helped, for your care and concern for our precious wildlife.
You can fill out the survey here
Please also check out the top 10 things you can do to continue supporting our wildlife and wild places below. Our article on feeding wildlife during drought and bushfires was read by over 64,000 people looking for guidance and together, we saved many lives.
10 things you can do to help support our native wildlife and their habitats
1. Support your local wildlife organisation either financially or through volunteering
2. Learn about your local wildlife and their threats
3. Spread the word...get others inspired and informed on the issues affecting wildlife in your area.
4. Ensure to voice your concern about wildlife issues with local, state and federal representatives
5. Visit and support National Parks and wildlife sanctuaries in your area
6. Get involved in tree planting and revegetation projects. Plant in your garden for bees, other insects and wildlife.
7. Look at, watch, and enjoy wildlife without disturbing them.
8. If you see a dead marsupial on the side of the road, stop and check if they have a pouch and if a live Joey is in there - don’t attempt to handraise a Joey however cute they are. They have specialised diets and needs.
9. Carry a large towel and a pillowcase in your boot in case you come across orphans. They can be placed in the pillowcase and then wrapped loosely in the towel so they feel secure till you can get them to a vet or carer.
10. Have your local wildlife group’s contact number in your phone in case you find an injured wild animal.
See a list of wildlife vets, and wildlife care and rescue groups here. To have your practice, group, or organisation included, contact us or join here.