In late February, Cairns based Far North Queensland (FNQ) Wildlife hosted a macropod workshop that was attended by over 20 wildlife carers and interested volunteers.
Participants learned how to care for sick and injured macropods with vet trainer Annabelle Olsson from Boongarry Vets. Dr Olsson’s attendance was sponsored by Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures through their North Queensland Widlife Trust.
Tablelands Wildlife Carers hosted a snake identification workshop at the Malanda Pavillion in early March. Over 130 participants were treated to a presentation by local snake expert Chris O’Dowd. The session featured live non-venomous snakes and basic snake handling techniques.
About $900 was raised through a small entry fee and a raffle run by the Authority to benefit the care of sick and injured wildlife on the Tablelands.
An introduction to the care of native bird life was held at the Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre in mid-March. The two hour session focussed on types of bird feeding and general care of birds and was attended by 35 people.
Advanced wildlife carer sessions were run for the more experienced carers and sponsored by the Authority and the North Queensland Wildlife Trust in late February and March.
Dr Olsson led advanced macropod feeding and housing and release training at the Stratford Community Centre in February. The session was attended by 25 people. In March Dr Olsson trained existing FNQ Wildlife carers in advanced bird care at Hambledon House in Edmonton which was attended by 18 people.
All sessions have been well received with residents taking advantage of the opportunity to learn more about their local wildlife.