With the arrival of spring we’ve welcomed four new sanctuaries to the Wildlife Land Trust, adding 993 hectares to our network which has now passed 67,500 hectares of wildlife-friendly land!

Among these is Black Flat in NSW, a dedicated sanctuary for a wide range of threatened woodland birds as well as quolls, wombats and microbats.

Conservation News

The fires and droughts across NSW and Queensland are having a huge impact on wildlife, particularly flying-foxes. Depleted food sources are causing populations to starve, a big problem that is coinciding with annual birthing seasons. If you live near any colonies, consider leaving out food like apple kebabs in areas they frequent, or provide more long-term support by planting native food trees or helping out local bat carers. Read more here: https://bit.ly/2n8ywhv

Conservation Events

Last month Evan headed to the US to attend the Pathways: Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conference in Colorado to learn from global wildlife conflict experts and present on dingo management in Australia and how our current strategies are failing both wildlife and people. The general reaction was shock at the cruel killing methods used in Australia that are banned in most parts of the world, and important support was gained to take HSI’s dingo campaigning worldwide.

The annual Private Land Conservation Conference is coming up in Adelaide next week, where Australia’s leading researchers, conservationists and land managers gather to discuss the future of private land conservation. I’ll be attending to meet up with these representatives and learn how we can improve outcomes for Wildlife Land Trust members and the wildlife you protect – if you’ll be there please let me know!

Member Survey

We’ve had a great response to the member survey mailed out with the last Wildlife Lands, with more than 40 returned in the last couple of months. If you’re interested and yet to take part or have lost the form provided, you can now provide your thoughts here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3FTWNXH  . We’ll report back with findings and how we’ll be addressing your priorities shortly.