Support our Wildlife
The best way to help our wildlife is to plant native trees in your garden. Our native trees are very beautiful, and supply both homes and food to many species of Australian animals. Some councils supply free trees for your use, most councils have their own nurseries at which you can purchase plants at a cheaper price than the commercially run nurseries.
Put up a few posssum, bird or insectivorous bat boxes to help with homes. We have the plans on our site for building boxes.
Wood Ducklings (the Duckles) having a swim -
How else can you help?
Wildlife carers are always in need of items such as pouches, towels, cages, aviaries and other bits and pieces. If you have items you no longer need, contact a wildlife group near you to see if they are able to take donations of items such as these.
Alternatively, check if your local vet needs items such as towels for their use.
Are you handy with a hammer and nails? Wildlife carers are always in need of possum, glider, bat and bird boxes.
Carer Dee Smith feeding a flying-fox pup -
Romper Stomper Tawny Frogmouth -
Tilly Eastern Grey Kangaroo -
Pacific Black duck (Blackie) with two Wood Ducklings, Nibbles and Dribbles - B. Clarke
Other things that you can do....
There are many ways that you can help our native wildlife. Put up wooden boxes for birds and possums. Try to ensure that they are at a suitable height for the intended occupant. Make the hole the correct size. Birds do not want possums to come visiting when they have young ones in the nest. Possums do not want ducks in their boxes (yes, ducks will lay eggs up off the ground!) Ensure the opening in the box faces away from the weather - a box that gets rained in will not get used. Check that the tree you are putting a possum box in is a food source tree. Make sure that the animals have easy access - putting a box half way up a bare trunk with no access means the box will not be used. Try to sit the box in a fork or on branch and secure it to the tree.
Dreys are also very useful. A drey can be made by using two hanging wire baskets, connecting them to make a ball shape, then stretching or removing the wire to allow for an entrance and exit, just in case unwanted visitors come calling. Line it with the coconut fibre inserts that hanging baskets come with. Hang the drey in a sheltered position in a tree.
Encourage birds and other creatures to your garden by the way in which you design it. Remember that native Australian trees thrive here!! They are also a great food source. The more flowering trees you plant, the greater the bird life you will have. Bird baths are also a great source of water for our natives. But don't forget that little animals need water too, and place a bowl or small bird bath on the ground for easy access. Plant ground covers, and native grasses to encourage and protect frogs and lizards. Old fallen logs make great houses too. Large branches that fall from trees can look decorative and be useful. Sugar cane mulch or any sort of mulch around your trees helps to drought protect them, and also supply cover for the little creatures.
There are other ways to help our native animals too. You can join a wildlife group as a carer (if you are over 18) or perhaps you would just prefer to be a support member. Support members pay their membership fees, and receive the newsletters and mail outs, but do not do the caring of the native animals. Sometimes people join as support members while they are working, and then when they retire from paid work, become caring members.
Wildlife groups are always appreciative of donations, which are used for the benefit of the animals. Aviaries that are no longer in use, cages -especially cockatoo size cages, are also more than welcome when they are donated.
If you like to sew, perhaps you could make possum/kangaroo pouches. These are always in demand. Fabric used must be suitable to breathe i.e. flannelette is great, and clean old nappies are wonderful! The animals must not be able to chew and ingest the fabric. Fleecy fabric like that used in windcheaters is also suitable for pouches for possums. Kangaroos need something a little stronger to take their weight. A possum pouch is usually sewn on three sides, all seams neatened to prevent fraying and approximately just a little larger than an A4 size piece of paper folded in half. However, we need pouches in many sizes, as creatures tend to start off small and grow larger!! A hand towel folded in half and sown on two sides is perfect. Warm and comfy and best of all absorbent!
Contact a group near you to ask what you can do to help.
Donations of funds are tax deductable over $2.00......
All carers at ONARR are self-funded - we use our own money to pay for any items / food / vet care and medicines we need for injured wildlife in our care. We welcome donations to our group, and any donation over $2 is Tax Deductable. This money is then used to purchase items so that we can subsidize our members by supporting them with the costs involved in caring.
However, there are other ways you can help us apart from donating funds.
We need pillowcases, to sew ribbons on near the top, to use as rescue pouches for in our cars. We give these out to members of the public when they come in with an animal.
We desperately and constantly need release sites for our animals. Acreage is best, in outer suburbia. Contact a member of our committee to discuss this if you are able to offer your place as a release site.