"Drought effects us all!"
Our wildlife need our help now more than ever. With our country in drought- our environment cannot give to our wildlife, the nutrients and water sources that it normally does. With dryer winters and hotter summers- our wildlife need just one thing from us----- water!
Koalas are not commonly known to drink however, in recent times we are seeing them seek water more. If you live in areas where koalas are, go and have a look at the trees that you see them sitting in. Look at the leaves. You will probably notice that the leaves may seem paler than normal? Not as vibrant in colour? In some areas trees have been effected by Black Spot (koalas don't like leaves with black spot) and other disease due to the dryer than normal conditions. Our trees aren't getting the nutrients and water that they need to be healthy.
As the weather warms up, all kinds of wildlife will need help. Birds, reptiles, possums, koalas, kangaroos, echidna's etc. Leaving out some buckets or trays of water can literally help save a life!
Provide water but not food. Our wildlife just need water from us!
Leave bowls of fresh, clean water out in shady locations. Shallow dishes are better for smaller animals. If you use a large container make sure to provide a rock or stick so that small animals can climb out. Place the container in an area where animals are protected from predators when drinking e.g. near a shrub or bush and keep your pets away from this area so that animals can drink undisturbed.
Keep the water topped up and fresh if possible.
So even though its not yet summer- now is a great time to be thinking of places and ways that you can leave water out for wildlife. Maybe a project for the weekend? Get the kids involved and learn about what animals are in your area that you can help out with some water. Please also think of wildlife if you are lucky enough to be going on holidays over the summer- pack a few ice cream containers for the trip!
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!