This is my 10 year old brother, Sawyer. One of his favourite animals is the wombat. He’s used some of his pocket money to buy these fresh foods for me to take up to Dutch Thunder Wildlife Shelter. This is not his first donation either. He just loves wombats!
The corn was just $1 a packet and the sweet potato was “odd bunch”. Just $10.50 bought all this! Shows that just a little bit of money can make a huge difference! Well done Sawyer!!!!
Want to help with purchase like this?
Donate any amount- it all adds up and it all helps!
BSB: 063 594
AC: 1040 1537
Why not setup an automatic direct deposit and donate $5 or $10 a week?
All donations will be recorded on the above chuffed fundraiser
PS- yes there's plastic. not our preference at all but for $1 per packet its a waste to leave it there.
When you go to the supermarket and find corn for $1 for a packet of 4 cobs! Whoopsie 😂🌽🛒
$25 well spent (aside from the plastic packaging)
Simple purchase like this help shelters SO much!
What eats cobs?
Want to Help Libby with donations like this?
BSB: 063 594
AC: 1040 1537
Ref: Donate 2 Buy
Why not setup an automatic direct deposit and donate $5 or $10 a week?
Or add some items from her list to your shopping trolley when they are on sale (non perishables) and drop them to 16 parook court, diamond creek. See her shopping wish list here-
Last month I was asked by Katie from Nillumbik Youth if I would come and share my work with her and her co-worker Hanna. They are a part of the Youth and Community Partnerships team. It was great to be able to share the work I have done. We also talked about the possibility of getting a group of youth together to talk about things we do in our community in the hopes of inspiring others, showing others what they can do and of course, learning new things ourselves. I think this would be a wonderful thing to be able to be a part of and great for communities to do. Letting kids teach/inspire other kids through the work they are doing.
Thank you Katie and Hanna for inviting me to talk to you. I hope to hear from you again soon
Last month I met up with Sandra and some of the girls from the Sew Social group who are part of the Nillumbik Living & Learning Maker Space.
Sandra had picked up some materials for the group to sew into pouches and she asked me to come and see what the ladies had done and talk about my work. It was nice to be able to share with the what their pouches will do.
The day I donated some of these pouches to St Andrews Wildlife shelter, sadly one was quickly put to use. To comfort this Joey kangaroo that was found alone in a paddock.
Thanks to those that donate blankets to be made into pouches.
Thanks to those in my “sewing army” that help make them.
Thankyou again to Sandra and the girls from Sew Social in Diamond Creek for making these amazing pouches and liners.
So many amazing hollows along the Murray River in Koonoomoo. We were lucky enough to see a Rosella nesting in one.
Hollows are so important to our wildlife. So many animals and birds use them as homes/nests to keep their young safe from predators. This is why trees need to be left alone- to get old enough to develop hollows. Without them, species die.
Only old trees have hollows. As they fall and die or are logged or cleared, they can not be replaced without 100 or more years of growth, maturity and decay. In Australia many native vertebrate and invertebrate species utilise tree hollows. Many of these species use hollows, and in south east Australia this includes some 17 % of bird species, 42 % of mammals and 28 % of reptiles (Gibbons and Lindenmayer 1997). They include bats, possums, gliders, owls, parrots, antechinus, ducks, rosellas and kingfishers as well as numerous species of snakes, frogs and skinks.
Hopefully these pictures can show people why its very important to protect these trees. Especially in camping areas like along the Murray River. Cutting down any trees for firewood is ILLEGAL even if they look old or "dead."
So if you are camping
- remember to only take branches that have already fallen to the ground for your fires.
- cutting ANY trees is ILLEGAL
- dragging branches behind your car through the bush is ILLEGAL
If you see someone cutting trees down
- take photos and videos
- call Parks to report them
Allowing people to get away with this not only puts our right of FREE CAMPING at risk of being stopped but also, destroys our bush and puts our wildlife at risk. Leave the bush how you found the bush (and includes taking your rubbish home with you.) Don't burn our trees that give us shade, help produce water and keep our wildlife safe- reduce the fuel load on the ground and take from there.
I could spend all my days happily wandering the bush watching our wildlife. We are truly the lucky ones living in a country like Australia that has so much amazing wildlife.
These were all taken around the Koonoomoo area in Northern Victoria along the Murray River.
Now (spring) is a great time to be out in the bush because its not too hot and the animals are quite active and healthy. With our summers getting hotter- they are much more vulnerable in summer along with the added restriction of their habitat in summer due to the river being so busy with campers. The animals like to live along the river edges and with campers taking prime spot in the heat of summer- they are forced back into the bush and away from the access to the water when they need it. Koalas don't often drink however, with our hotter summers and dryer winters, they are not getting the "moisture" from the leaves that once kept them hydrated. This is why so many are now seen to be drinking water and why access to water sources in heat, is vital to their populations. Coming up to summer I hope to share some tips about ways you can help our wildlife this summer- especially if you are camping or taking a holiday in areas where there is wildlife. They will need our help and anyone can help them by doing some simple things.
Hope you enjoy these photo's my mum took.
Busy day today building a wombat enclosure. All very tired. But then we got a call out to rescue a wombat. A farmer had saved it from being trampled by his cows. Seeing Libby and kylee work seamlessly together on rescue is something quite extraordinary. I think having children see someone of their gen doing something like rescuing is unbelievable and to read this post sums it up.
Kids inspiring kids by showing them they “can do” ...... that’s what libs all about.
Thankyou to this family for caring- making the call and saving this wombat. This was what they posted about the rescue and they are the ones that took these photo's of Libby and Kylee.
"To the queens of Dutch Thunder, Kyleeand Libby. Thank you both for coming out and picking up our little four legged friend the boys rescued from the paddock tonight. The kids thought is was amazing and think the two of you are pretty cool doing what you do. Hope he/she is doing well and no real injuries.
Many thanks again."
Sadly this wombat died from his injuries overnight. But he was not left to suffer and died warm. loved and pain free.
I was really devastated to read this article in our local paper this week.
This is my home town. For the last two years I’ve been sharing this message and trying to help show my community the importance of picking up litter and making sure it doesn’t get to our creeks and rivers.
I’ve been to clean up events along the creek and learned of the dangers our local platypus populations face. Hair ties, elastics and plastic rings are some of them.
I had information about this at my wildlife exhibition last year. I talked to a local kinder and cub group about this when they visited my exhibition plus lots of other people that visited. i handed out stickers for people to put on their bins to remind them.
I also went to the local sporting club with Melbourne Water, to talk to kids and their families about these threats one Saturday.
It’s really sad to see that this is still a problem.
Please be sure to-
🔹Pick up this kind of litter if you see it anywhere! It washes down into our creeks.
🔹 snip round plastics and elastics before you bin them (milk/juice rings, elastics, vegemite rings, cap gun blanks etc
Every bit helps and every bit that ends up in our creeks can kill. please show your kids this easy way they can do a small thing to save lives. Maybe they can share this message at school or kinder? Maybe they can do a collection at school?
Read the article HERE
A lady that my mum worked for called my mum today. She could see a kangaroo dead in a paddock. It had not been sprayed and after coming to my wildlife exhibition last year, she knew that it had not been called in and checked for a joey. Before she came to my exhibition, like many, she thought this was a council marking to show that someone was coming to get it. It's not- its a marking to show others that the animal has been checked by someone for a joey (baby).
She knew that she had to call someone and my mum was the first person she thought of. Mum was at work so couldn't check it but the lady tried to explain to mum where it was. Mum asked her to do a couple of things if she could.
1- take a screen shot of the location.
2- take a photo of the animal. She knew it was in a paddock under a big tree with not too many trees around. A photo of it can help.
3- leave some kind of marker on the road and or fence to point in the direction of the roo. The lady said she had some pink spray paint (she was in her husbands work car). Mum said "great! If you can mark the white line on the road I can advise the rescuer to look for the pink mark on the line."
The rescuer was there within 20 or so minutes and was quickly able to locate it thanks to the lady taking the time to follow these steps. Not everyone carry's spray paint but there are lots of ways that you can mark areas for rescuers if you cannot stay with an animal.
* Look for some rubbish and use that (a beer can, plastic bottle, plastic bag etc)
* find a shopping bag in your car and tie it to a fence or a strip of ribbon or material
* always look for "landmark" type things or funny looking trees/bushes/fences/etc. something that makes the area where the animal is, unique to its surroundings and is clearly visible.
* People use all kinds of things to use as markers- tyres, hub caps- any road side litter
This check was pretty easy because sadly the animal was already dead BUT if the animal is still alive, rescuers really appreciate it if you can stay. Animals can move from the location and be impossible to find. In these kinds of cases, rescuers need you to stay as far away as possible from the animal (to avoid further stress or scaring it to run away) and just keep your eye on it until they arrive.
Always remember to
SAVE RESCUE NUMBERS IN YOUR PHONE- not just this photo. In an emergency its hard to find a photo or facebook post, easier to scroll through numbers.
STOP - if you hit an animal, see one hit or see one dead
CHECK- for a pouch or joey and MOVE it off the road and away from the road edges
CALL- for help/advice if you do find a pouch. Even if there is no joey inside- a rescuer can tell you what to look for in case there is a joey
RESPECT - our wildlife by doing the above.
My name is Libby and I am 13 years old. I am a Koala Crusader- raising money and awareness for our VULNERABLE koala's and spreading messages about our wildlife that we are lucky enough to live WITH. These are stories written by ME!