Peggy Rismiller's Fire Recovery Report #2
Many of you have joined the Kangaroo Wildlife Network after the devasting bush fires that recently occurred. We are grateful for your interest, support and ongoing donations.
The fires were obviously totally devastating to wildlife on the island, in terms of animals, reptiles, insects and birds lost, as well as the destruction of habitats.
Following the fires, our immediate focus has been on the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife in partnership with the local Veterinary Clinic, Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park and relevant Government agencies. We are grateful to have had such wonderful people to work with.
Where possible, our aim is to release rescued and rehabilitated wildlife back into the wild using soft-release methods.
KIWN has also trained and coordinated Kangaroo Island community members to provide direct wildlife rescue and rehabilitation support. The ability to 'get out there and do something' has been very important to our community and has provided an outlet for grief and formed part of the communities healing process.
In coordination with other conservation groups, KIWN has implemented four priority initiatives in response to the Kangaroo Island fire disaster;
Coordinated wildlife search and rescue
Burn treatment support
Establishment of feed, nectar and water stations for wildlife in the wild
Building Pygmy possum boxes and Bat boxes for deployment in the wild
KIWN, in partnership with Kangaroo Island Natural Resources Management, are also currently developing and enacting an immediate emergency response to save the endangered and endemic Glossy Black Cockatoo by;
Undertaking surveys of the remaining Glossy Black population and habitat
Building safe and appropriate nest boxes
Replanting sheoak (food) habitat across the Island - click here to see latest update
We thank you for your ongoing support and interest, and when we are not in emergency mode we will give you more details of our successes and our hope for the future.