Something a bit different this report.
We are all busy chopping and hanging and cleaning for our small charges, and you might think this could get a bit dull. The average cut each day is about 35 kgs at the moment- spread between the orphans in creche, adults in the flight cage and the release site next to Gordon colony.
So this report I'm going to talk about what happens during the chop, and what makes it fun. First of all its social. Most people have groups of friends that chop together regularly. Its like a coffee club, but much more work and better for you. And the other part that's fun is that not all our friends are human. Take a look at the photos and see who comes to visit (ok, some of it is cupboard love, but hey, it works for me). Water dragons, brush turkeys (all sizes), kookaburras, possums, bats...beautiful location..lots of excerise lugging stuff around (cheaper than the gym). What's not to like? I mean apart from the hours of menial labour, cleaning up poo etc.
If you live in Sydney, and love bats, why not give it a go?
Instead of us doing all the talking, we decided to ask our fabulous volunteers to give us some feedback about their experience volunteering for the working bees at Waratah Park. Here are some of their responses:
2. How many times have you volunteered there?
3. Do you plan to continue volunteering there?
4. What do you enjoy about volunteering at Waratah Park?
5. Is there any other feedback you would like to give about the Sydney Wildlife facility at Waratah Park?
We hope that all the people that volunteer their time to help us keep the facility maintained and functional continue to enjoy the experience like those above.
If your company is interested in volunteering at Waratah Park please contact us through www.sydneywildlife.org.au
The time and energy you all put in is outstanding and we are truly greatful.
It's baby bat season again.
85% of baby flying foxes are born in a 6 week period in spring. Their mothers carry them for the first 5 weeks, until they get too heavy, and if something happens to mum at this time, the babies often come into care.
A common problem is that the mother bat may rest on powerlines, and then, as the more than 1m wingspan unfurls, she may touch 2 lines and get electrocuted. When this happens the mother nearly always dies, but the baby (called a "pup") often survives. They can be surprisingly hardy, sometimes surviving for days after their mum has died.
This little one was recovered after such a long wait that the poor little girl had got maggots, which inspired her name: Magda.
Magda was lucky to be rescued by a dedicated volunteer is now doing very well. She's bottle fed 5 times a day on milk with extra additives, and will gradually be introduced to fruit and nectar. When she is about 12 weeks old, and just learning to fly, she will move into the beautiful creche cage, together with the other baby bats.
Fortunately this year we have not (touch wood) had any heat stress events like the one one from last year, so we hope the numbers of pups coming into care won't increase. Much though we love them, we would prefer them to be with their mums.
But for the unlucky ones who have lost their mums, we now have the best facilities possible to help them recover and rejoin their colony.
Thank you so much for helping bats like Magda have another chance at life.