How Can I Help Australian Wildlife?
Become a Member of TVWC
Becoming a member of TVWC is one vital way in which you can help our native wildlife, if you are living in the Tweed Shire of NSW. Only members of TVWC are licensed to rescue and rehabilitate native animals in this region. Some people think that, because they are not in a position to actually care for animals – due to work or family commitments, they live in a flats, or do not have the financial or physical means – they can’t be a member. This is not so! There are many ways you can be involved and contribute, including:
- Caring for native animals involves members rehabilitating animals in their own homes and on their own properties. Some carers may only provide emergency or overnight care, whereas others provide long-term care, which may mean holding an animal in rehabilitation for months. Carers’ life circumstances often restrict their options or the types of animals they care for but, with the necessary commitment, and training, there is usually one species or another that can be accommodated.
- Transport and rescue is an area of need. So many calls from the public require a member to rescue and/or transport the animal to a vet or a carer. More senior members who do not feel they can actually care for animals often get great satisfaction from assisting in this way, as do those who are not able to care for animals directly themselves.
- The group’s wildlife hotline needs to be attended 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Being a phone volunteer a day or two a month is one way you could help.
- Perhaps you have building or carpentry skills and could turn your hand to building nestboxes or enclosures.
- Helping with fundraising is something most members can be involved in, whether on a regular basis at the group’s monthly sausage sizzle, at special events such as Senior Week, or when help is needed with raffle-ticket selling.
- In order for the group to run professionally and fulfil its legal obligations, there are administrative tasks that need to be done, like entering database animal and membership records, serving on a committee, helping with the running of training courses, and so forth.
- Those with creative and graphical skills can assist in the production of the group’s quarterly newsletters, publications and the website.
- Donations, whether of money, equipment, enclosures, towels, supplies … are always needed, and appreciated.
Not only can everyone be wildlife-friendly, but they should be, so that we are not putting our wildlife and environment at risk, are showing our appreciation for our native fauna and taking some responsibility for the wonderful part of the world we live in.
So, we encourage you to become a member of your local wildlife rehabilitation group, and consider how you can contribute in other ways, whether by putting up nest-boxes, being aware of and stopping for injured wildlife on the road, getting rid of barbed wire fencing and inappropriate fruit netting, or being aware of the effect of rat baits on our wildlife. There are some really practical things you can do, requiring very little effort, as you will see from wonderful articles and fact sheets below. We will reply to your email and send you a membership application form.
Taking care on the roads
TVWC urges you all to take responsibility for our native wildlife and suggests the following tips, especially when onthe roads in the holiday season:
Drive slowly and carefully, especially at night.
Be aware that wildlife may run or fly out in front of you as you drive.
Stop when you hit or see an injured or dead animal on the road.
Check the pouch and vicinity of female marsupials. Move dead wildlife away from the road.
Call TVWC on 02 6672 4789 immediately if the animal is injured or has a joey.
Wildlife Friendly Fact Sheets
Donate to the Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers
Your generosity could save a life, feed a sick animal. transport an injured bird to the vet or help build an aviary. TVWC is a registered charity and we rely on donations to keep rescuing & caring for wildlife. We have chosen to use the Give Now website as a donation portal. All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Every donation we receive makes a difference however small.