MID COAST FLOOD RESPONSE - Wildlife
These flooding events are likely to be devastating to our local wildlife, particularly aquatic and ground-based species. As the waters begin to recede, we have our best chance at finding surviving wildlife, please see below ways in which you can assist with this effort.
- As the water recedes, go out and check your paddocks for surviving species. If these appear sick, injured or out of area, please contact FAWNA NSW INC on 02 6581 4141.
- Our own Manning River Helmeted Turtle is a species of short neck freshwater turtle that will not survive for long periods far from water or in saltwater. We ask that any landholders out observing the floods or walking the beaches keep an eye out for freshwater turtle species. Long neck species will be able to cross large stretched of land between water, but any short neck species should be reported to FAWNA NSW INC.
- Data of our surviving wildlife will be vital in the coming months to understand the true impacts of these events. In particular, sightings of platypus should be reported to http://platypusspot.org/. If you see any ground-dwelling species, such as potoroo's, quoll's or echidna in previously inundated areas, we would love to hear about them! You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. This will help us assess how we plan our long term recovery efforts.
- Marine Species; with large swell and a lot of debris in the water, marine species are likely going to struggle for some time. When walking the beaches, please keep an eye out for surviving species. Juvenile turtles, both fresh and marine species, can be difficult to identify and should be reported to and identified by FAWNA before being returned to the water. In our southern parts, marine mammals may haul out for a break from the swell and should be reported to ORRCA on 02 9415 3333