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Donations to help Wildlife on Kangaroo Island

Ashleigh Coombs - Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Donations to help Wildlife on Kangaroo Island

Wildlife Recovery Fund

The National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia and Nature Foundation SA have set up this Fund to re-establish habitat, particularly for threatened and vulnerable species. Your donations will go to local landholders, Landcare, and community groups in fire affected regions to urgently undertake native plantings, feral animal and weed control, and fencing – this will give both threatened animal and plant life the best chance of recovery. Funds will also be directed to restore habitat in fire-devastated national parks – particularly on Kangaroo Island.

https://www.naturefoundation.org.au/support-us/wildlife-recovery-fund?fbclid=IwAR1LQtzUh0tiX1gkYi9TRbdHqGNzmsh-qq-NRH8_q7wPPRssS3BngVNPtE8

Glossy Black Cockatoo Recovery Program:

The Nature Foundation SA runs the program for this critically endangered bird together with the KI Natural Resources Management Board. The recovery program started in 1995 with less than 160 Glossy Black-cockatoos in existence and has nursed the population back from the brink of extinction, doubling the population of glossies on Kangaroo Island to over 360 birds and helping them to spread eastwards across the Island. However the fires have now destroyed most of their habitat in the west of the Island creating an urgent need for nesting and habitat support.

https://www.naturefoundation.org.au/support-us/kangaroo-island-conservation-programs?fbclid=IwAR0EhIa4tTvIaPQzrQfVu8FgCkrquqNEppA_i4XmtVUrAL3fRNPM4sTohhc

Saving the KI Dunnart from Extinction

The Endangered Kangaroo Island dunnart is found only in remnant bushland of the west end of Kangaroo Island. However it now appears that its entire habitat has been burnt, all known monitoring sites have been burnt and the species may now be on the very brink of extinction. Your financial support will help Kangaroo Island Land for Wildlife and landholders to locate remnant patches of unburnt vegetation and survey for the species through camera trapping. We have lost valuable survey equipment in the fires, your financial support will help to replace much needed survey equipment (cameras, fencing materials) and allow the team to start surveying immediately, find the last few individuals and protect them from feral predators and further wildfire events.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/saving-the-kangaroo-island-dunnart-from-extinction?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cp%20share-sheet&fbclid=IwAR2g1hFToceTWMvXbWvn8WTcoIPcKol-J58XYdxrDHkK7CC5536Aw05sE5w

KI Wildlife Network

This volunteer group works with SAVEM (SA Veterinary Emergency Management) to rescue injured wildlife from the fire ground. For donations details, see this link

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1437099153279635/

Businesses supporting Wildlife:

Hanson Bay Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary

This 5,000 acre wildlife sanctuary was home to thousands of native wildlife animals including a large population of koalas.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/1uykisdumo?satcMcId=75301009331541542490632899743446457005

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park 

We are working around the clock with a highly experienced, qualified and dedicated team of volunteers including qualified vets, vet nurses and wildlife carers to rescue, rehabilitate and care for all of the animals coming in from the bushfires

For those of you who would like to contribute we are asking for funds to help with veterinary costs, koala milk and supplements, extra holding/rehabilitation enclosures, as well as setting up a building to hold supplies to treat these animals.

https://au.gofundme.com/f/help-save-kangaroo-islands-koalas-and-wildlife?satcMcId=75301009331541542490632899743446457005

Raptor Domain

Raptor Domain is an environmental education centre based near Seal Bay on Kangaroo Island. In the last week, here at Raptor Domain, we have had to evacuate all of our animals twice due to extreme fire risk. We are lucky that the property has been spared this time round, but it still remains at advice level. It has become evident that we will need to construct portable enclosures for our raptors, as ideally, we need to keep our animals in one of the ‘safer places’ on Kangaroo Island until the fire threat is gone. This will hugely reduce the stress of moving our animals and holding them in pet packs for an extended period of time. We need to fund the construction of some mobile aviaries for our birds in the likely event of another fire threat. This would allow our animals to remain in a safer place for a week or even longer if needed.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-raptor-domain-build-evacuation-aviaries?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&fbclid=IwAR1VinEDxF3sVXLn2bGCG2aBVfADCbZjcPI0r1612bw9S04HdtxF3FSkseU

Island Beehive’s Save the Ligurian Bees appeal

Island Beehive states “We have started a go fund me to save the Ligurian bees. This money will go directly to buying feeders and bee feed to start with, then we will look at a queen breeding program to get the numbers up again.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/save-the-ligurian-bee

Devastating fires impact Kangaroo Island and Cudlee Creek

Ashleigh Coombs - Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Dear Friends Of Parks member groups and members

Friends of Parks Inc. and the Volunteer Programs Unit have been contacted by some individuals and companies in relation to the devastating impact of the Kangaroo Island, Cudlee Creek, and other fires across the state,and several Friends Groups have had fire through their parks. The information below will give you some ideas of how you or your group might like to help.

For those of us at a distance, a financial donation is often the most helpful way to contribute to disaster-affected communities. It helps the community buy exactly what they need and spend locally.

The South Australian Government has activated the State Emergency Relief Fund (SERF) for the Cudlee Creek fire, and kicked it off with $1 million. The fund will collect donations to provide financial relief for people directly affected by the fire, including those who suffered injury or loss. All money raised will be administered by the independent SERF Committee which will ensure fair distribution to those most in need. You can read more about the SERF, including the many easy tax-deductible ways to donate here .

St Vincent De Paul have also set up an appeal specifically for other fire affected communities in South Australia. To make a donation, please visit the Vinnie’s SA Bushfires Appeal page .

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There are also a number of fauna related charities such as SAVEM and Fauna Rescue raising funds to assist with injured livestock and wildlife following this disaster, helping to minimise the suffering of the thousands of animals affected.

You can help South Australia’s koalas and other wildlife affected by bushfires by contacting the South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management team (SAVEM).

SAVEM is set up to provide large-scale emergency wildlife response during bushfires across the state. National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia spokesperson Professor Chris Daniels said SAVEM collaborates with other agencies, including the Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) and the RSPCA, to respond to animal welfare issues in-field. “We have many fantastic trained volunteer carers in South Australia ready to help distressed and injured wildlife and the best way to help out wildlife is by contacting SAVEM to coordinate the effort,” Professor Daniels said. “We greatly appreciate wildlife rescue volunteers who look after South Australia’s animals all year around. During this bushfire emergency SAVEM is the go-to wildlife rescue effort for the state. “Only appropriately trained members are authorised to carry out emergency wildlife rescue and care activities.” There are also a few things everyone can do to help animals during a bushfire, such as:

  • Leave shallow bowls of water out for animals and birds escaping fires. Add a few sticks or stones on one side to allow smaller animals to escape if they fall in.
  • Keep a cardboard box and towel in the boot of your car in case you find an injured animal that you can safely contain without putting yourself in any danger.
  • If you rescue an animal that has been burnt, do not attempt to feed it. Wrap it loosely, ideally in 100% cotton fabric, place it in a ventilated box with a lid and keep it in a dark, quiet place while waiting for a rescuer or for transport to the nearest vet.

To get in contact with SAVEM call 0477 055 233 or email info@savem.org.au.

SAVEM’s mission is to assess, triage, treat, shelter, reunite with owners or rehabilitate and return to habitat all species of animals post event. SAVEM has been activated by PIRSA.

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Adelaide Koala & Wildlife Hospital (via Facebook)

“ We are getting many calls and messages asking what sort of items to donate so we have made a list of what we are using the most. We are blown away by the love and generosity of everyone in our country as well as overseas at this awful time ❤ We have birds, reptiles and possums in our hospital as well as koalas also affected buy the excessive heat 🐨🐿”

Items include:
- Flamazine
- Soffban
- Vetwrap
- Elastoplast
- Bottles of saline
- IV fluids: hartmanns or saline
- IV Giving and extension sets
- Gauze
- Handwash
- Toilet Paper
- Native flowers for the lorikeets and possums
- Eucalyptus leaves
- Chlorhexadine scrub
- Small and large bird seed
- A4 printing paper (for hospital charts)
- A4 clipboards (for charts)
- Paper towel
- Bin liner

“As we go we will add to the list. We don't have use for stuffed animals, sheets, quilts or pillows but other rescues may need these items. To make our lives and the lives of our volunteers easier we cannot accept soiled items “

Items can be dropped off at the hospital Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Highlights info row image (08) 8297 2455 www.akawhospital.org.au

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Koalas and other wildlife affected by bushfires on Kangaroo Island must be managed locally and not removed from the island.

Department for Environment and Water Acting Executive Director Brenton Grear said it was particularly important that the island’s koalas – which make up the only population in South Australia free of chlamydia – remain disease-free. “We’ve received reports that some koalas from Kangaroo Island have been taken to Adelaide by people who want to get help for them,” he said. “It’s understandable and heartening that people want to rescue these animals, but unfortunately it will mean that those koalas can’t be returned to the island because of the risk of contamination of the population there.” Chlamydia in koalas can cause blindness, bladder inflammation, infertility and death. As the island’s koalas are isolated and free of the disease, its introduction would devastate the population. Because of the size of the fires burning on the island, it is too soon to know how many animals have been affected.

“South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management (SAVEM) has been activated to manage the wildlife rescue effort and is working with other groups in fire-affected regions,” Mr Grear said. “We ask that anyone on Kangaroo Island who finds injured wildlife call SAVEM and SAVEM will coordinate assistance for animals affected by the fires on Kangaroo Island.”

https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/files/sharedassets/adelaide_and_mt_lofty_ranges/images/plants_and_animals/koala-gal.jpg

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As many of you may now be aware, there have been substantial loss to properties including our beloved Flinders Chase National Park and other west end reserves. A number of our members have been impacted and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time. In the days, weeks and months to come there will be a number of opportunities to assist and help rebuild, but in the interim you may wish to donate to the KI appeal or to a number of the other non-profit organisations supporting our local people, livestock & wildlife.

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The State Government has established a new emergency relief fund to help people directly affected by the devastating Cudlee Creek bushfire – pledging $1 million to kick-start the donation drive.

The State Government is encouraging South Australians to consider making a donation to the Cudlee Creek Fire Appeal – no matter how big or small. The State Emergency Relief Fund (SERF) will be managed by a five-member committee, who will ensure public donations are distributed appropriately and fairly. There are no administrative fees. You can make a tax-deductible donation to the SERF online, via cheque, or in person at any Commonwealth Bank branch:

Electronic funds transfer to the State Emergency Relief Fund, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, BSB 065 266, Account 10020160 - Description must state ‘donation’.

Credit card – visit the State Emergency Relief Fund BPoint payment website at https://www.bpoint.com.au/payments/serf or dial 1300 276 468 (1300 BPOINT) and enter biller code 1002359

Cash – go into any branch of the Commonwealth Bank and donate over the counter giving the details: BSB 065 266, Account 10020160

Cheque – send to State Emergency Relief Fund, Donations, QA Finance, GPO Box 292, Adelaide SA 5001

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To support the impending bushfire recovery effort, Mike Williams, Executive Director National Parks and Wildlife, has been appointed by the Premier as the Kangaroo Island State Recovery Coordinator for the next six months. Mike will coordinate all aspects of the state’s recovery effort and will report to the Department of Human Services. While Mike is leading the island’s recovery effort, Brenton Grear will be Acting Executive Director, National Parks and Wildlife. In this role Brenton Grear will also chair the DEW’s Fire Recovery Coordination Committee.

One thing I am sure of is that our Australian Community - and within that the Friends of Parks SA - are a tough, caring and resilient 'mob' and we know how to fight back against any adversity. We have proved time and again that 'we are a well oiled machine' that is capable of tackling any situation 'thrown' at us, and NOW is the time to prove that is the case.

When I consider the enormous number of volunteers, community members and other workers who have put their lives on the line to fight these fires, trying to protect our communities and the environment, I say it is time for them to take a rest and for other community members - such as the FOP - to step into the gap to work on the rehabilitation and recovery of our communities and the environment.

If your Friends Group has been impacted by the fires, can you please think about what tasks/projects you might need assistance with from other Friends Groups once the fire areas are declared safe, and let us know by contacting Pam Smith, Secretary. Friends of Parks Inc. Board ( pamela.smith@sa.gov.au ), and we’ll distribute that information via the Friends of Parks website, Facebook page and email distribution list.

(You should be able to right click on the organisations above to take you to their pages).

Regards

Duncan MacKenzie
President
Friends of Parks Inc.
Ph 8332 1204

'Bushfires and Biodiversity' project

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, August 24, 2017

Dear Friends and Supporters of the 'Bushfires and Biodiversity' project,

On behalf of the research team I am writing to thank you for all your support for, and participation in, the 'Bushfires and Biodiversity' project.

We concluded our final formal workshop of the project recently, though the research will continue for some time to come as we have lots of data still to analyse and papers to write! We will notify you of key findings and outputs in the months ahead and may also seek further input as we pursue particular future lines of enquiry.

To mark the final project workshop we have produced a Draft Summary Report prepared by Emily Moskwa, which I am attaching herewith. We would welcome any comments or queries you may have, which will help us produce a more considered final report in due course.

Once again, thank you for all your kind assistance.

yours sincerely,

Guy Robinson

Professor Guy M Robinson BSc (London) DPhil (Oxon) FRGS

Editor Land Use Policy
(http://www.journals.elsevier.com/land-use-policy/)
Adjunct, Department of Geography, Environment and Population,
School of Social Sciences,
University of Adelaide, South Australia 5005, Australia.
Guest Professor, Institute of Geographic Sciences & Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Mobile 0434181279
Tel 61-8-72821784
Skype: guy.robinson50
email: guy.robinson@adelaide.edu.au

Bushfires and Biodiversity report Bushfires and Biodiversity report (5143 KB)

Message from SA Police - Crime Prevention Campaign 2015-16

- Monday, December 14, 2015

 To Friends of Parks Groups and Members

The campaign for 2015-2016, “Bushfires start when we stop paying attention” highlights “This fire season, be on the look out for suspicious, reckless or negligent behaviour that may cause a bushfire”.

The campaign seeks to encourage the community to think about their actions and consider the consequences of a fire getting out of control. Reckless and negligent behaviour can include:

  • Not extinguishing a cigarette completely.
  • Lighting a BBQ on a total fire ban day and not maintaining complete control.
  • Conducting a burn off and not taking the proper precautions or paying sufficient attention.
  • Knowingly using poorly serviced farm machinery or equipment.
  • Setting fireworks off on a fire ban day.
  • Lighting a campfire in a forest/national park during the fire ban season that may cause a bushfire include cigarettes being discarded

The campaign has a primary poster that includes the tag line “Bushfires start when we stop paying attention”, and is then supported by two sub posters that reinforce the key message with one asking the community to report reckless behaviour and the second asking the community to report suspicious behaviour

The campaign asks the community, and specifically Friends of Parks members, to report all types of suspicious, reckless or negligent behaviour, either on crown land (including National Parks), council land or private land. The campaign is supported by a number of resources developed by SAPOL including; presentations to community groups, schools and partners. Fire prevention fact sheets for; homes, businesses, rural properties and retailers.

Calls from Friends of Parks members about suspicious, reckless or negligent behaviour are to be directed to the police assistance line on 131 444, or complete a 'Person of Interest Description Form (attached below).

Information about who is deliberately lighting fires or engaging in reckless or negligent fire lighting behaviour can be directed to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 I look forward to working closely with you during the summer season, so we can make it safe for everyone.

Michelle O’Rielley

Sergeant

Acting State Coordinator Crime Prevention Coordination Unit

Strategy, Policy and Programs Section

Commissioner’s Support Branch (74)

100 Angas Street

ADELAIDE SA 5000

SOUTH AUSTRALIA POLICE

KEEPING SA SAFE

Person of Interest Description Form

 


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