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Macropod Training

by on Feb.03, 2013, under Information, Mammals, Media, New South Wales

Linda Dennis is proud to present the one day course, A Guide to the Care of Macropods, a Fauna First Aid lecture.

CareMacs

The course includes the following topics:

  • Meet the Macs
  • Compare the Pair
  • Rescue
  • Hydration
  • Raising Orphaned Joeys
  • The Unwell Joey
  • Housing
  • Caring for Larger Macropods
  • Release

 


If you would like to book a Fauna First Aid session please contact Linda atlinda@fourthcrossingwildlife.com.

Go to Wild Training for latest course information.

 

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Wesley Vale – Home of the monster Copperheads

by on Feb.01, 2013, under Fauna, Information, Reptiles, Tasmania

In December 2012, I travelled  to the land of “slugs”! No not really into slimey invertebrates, I mean large snakes (we refer to monster sized snakes as slugs). We have in past travelled to several parts of the magical snake isles Tasmania. Forget the apples (so called Apple Isles) leave that to Eve and get hold of the most amazing and gentle snakes in the country. Lowland Copperheads Austrelaps superbus are the most docile, charming venomous snake in Australia. Yes charming and docile.

This year we visited the enigmatic Ian Norton and his band of dedicated snake rescue volunteers Sally Wilson, Chris Daly, Jane Guy and Justin Kneebone . We happened to coincide with a visit to the sensational Wesley Vale where one of us visited in 2008 and only saw small snakes and plenty of skeletons as the snakes took a massive blow during the drought.

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Dinosaur hunting at Inverloch

by on Dec.29, 2012, under Dinsoaurs, Information, Location, Victoria

The Flat Rocks fossil site at Inverloch is located approximately 150 km south-east of Melbourne, on the south coast of Victoria. The area has special significance to Australia’s fossil history as the discovery of Australia’s first dinosaur bone, the Cape Paterson Claw, was found at a nearby site in 1903 by William Ferguson. The currently active site was discovered in 1991 when a group of researchers from Monash University and Museum Victoria were prospecting that part of the coastline for suitable locations for potential fossil dig sites. The dinosaur dreaming project annually does fossil hunts. According to the museum Victoria website they are no longer taking volunteers.

On a whim I took my daughter who is dinosaur mad out to the region.

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Australia’s vibrant and cute spider-form of sexy male peacocks

by on Nov.28, 2012, under Fauna, Information, Invertebrates, Uncategorized

Australia’s vibrant and cute spider-form of sexy male peacocks

 By Amy Prendergast

The male peacock is the classic example of how under sexual selection males have evolved spectacular gaudy adornments to impress choosy females.

Evolution of extravagant courtship displays and coloration signalling a male’s sexiness to seduce females is ubiquitous throughout the animal kingdom and is by no means restricted to birds. An epitome of sexual selection in favouring astounding male courtship displays and appearance occurs in peacock spiders. Whilst measuring a mere 5mm, like their namesakes, male peacock spiders are arguably even more outrageous when it comes to bright appearances and behaviours to entice the comparatively drab brown (yet well camouflaged) female peacock spiders to mate with them.

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Mouse Breeding for the Wildlife Carer

by on Sep.30, 2012, under Birds, Fauna, Information, Mammals, Reptiles

MOUSE BREEDING FOR THE WILDLIFE CARER

Simon Watharow

The standard laboratory mouse is currently a source of food for many if not most species of endothermic (warm blooded) feeding for wildlife in care. Some species like hawks, owls, snakes, are predominant rodent feeders. To cater for the welfare and correct treatment of this food source, a detailed care sheet will be provided here. My aim in this article is to provide details on the various aspects of mouse husbandry and highlight important husbandry tips. Regardless of the reason you breed mice it is essential that the correct care and treatment of this delightful animal be accomplished.

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A Reptile Trip to Flinder’s Island, Tasmania.

by on Sep.29, 2012, under Birds, Fauna, Information, Invertebrates, Location, Mammals, Reptiles, Tasmania

A Trip to Flinder’s Island, Tasmania.

Simon Watharow

Typical heathland habitat for Flinders Island.

Flinders Island lies to the north east of Tasmania and has a surface area of 1376km sq. It lies in the region known as the Furneaux Group, which includes the well Known Mt. Chappell Island, but other islands exist Clarke Island and Cape Barren Island. Roughly 950 people live on Flinders Island and agriculture and fishing are the two employment opportunities. Weather patterns in the Flinders Island are generally mild. Rainfall is heaviest in the winter months may to October and range from 600mm to 800mm in the central hills. The mean minimum temperatures for July are 6.0 degrees and the mean maximum in February is 22.5degrees.  Winds are predominantly westerlies, which may blow for several days particularly late winter and early spring. The coastal waters and Bass Strait are subject to variable winds and high seas.

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