SAVE OUR Victorian WILDLIFE
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Our wildlife is in urgent need of help in Victoria.
Below I highlight just some of the problems that exist in the Department that should be looking after it.
Please tell the people responsible enough is enough.
Many of the issues relate to such things as encroaching development and logging .. and demonstrate that actions are taking place without the emphasis that behind each action undertaken our wildlife must be protected. And all actions to protect our wildlife must be followed and all penalties enforced for non compliance.
They are not a priority. In fact sometimes it's clear they may be not be considered or recommendations followed. When species numbers become critical there is a need to assess whether to begin captive breeding look into the genetics of the population while trying to protect it in the wild.
How can we avoid extinctions otherwise? How can we know what needs to happen?
Recommendations and attention to where and when a range of species, especially critically endangered species are recorded, must be at the forefront of all decisions. And this includes flora. The entire Victorian Volcanic Plain is listed as endangered. There are recommendations and action plans regarding this immense area of Victoria.
You can submit into the Flora and Fauna Guarantee ( FFG)act currently being reviewed and the Review of Native Vegetation Clearing Regulations currently under way.
See Environment Justice or Environment Victoria for advice if you need it. Visit their websites for how to submit, what's wrong, whats right guides. When? As soon as possible submissions will close in March.
Now is the time to call for urgent reform into the practises, policies, lack of attention to all the things we care about.
Petition DELWP The Minister and the Premier and call for reform.
Protections are seriously eroded in practice. Dont believe all is being done to save our wildlife. Most people feel the opposite is true.
For the second time in a month habitat vital to save the States Emblem and Critically Endangered Leadbeater's Possum, was logged. How can that be?
Current data, regular monitoring could and should protect our endangered wildlife.
Video footage was taken of LeadBeaters Possum,running along a branch with the sound of chainsaws operating bringing down their homes.
Could they provide cameras and sensors etc to volunteers like has happened in Wisconsin? So as much was known about our fauna could in fact be known and used and allow for true protections.
Wherever you look, from a butterfly that uses either native grasses and maybe just one species of native flowering plant, in order to survive...Information can be see Museum of Victoria and Melbourne Zoos website).....
To a Kangaroo or a Corella, Cockatoo or a Galah being shot when non lethal methods of birth control, attention to weed management, use of non lethal equipment or a live raptor would suffice, When their breeding and roosting and feeding habitat is disappearing. When there is no transparency in the data of how many are killed each year, no compliance regarding the wording in conditions to use all practical non lethal methods first are not. When questions regarding known and projected populations movements of culled birds and all questions regarding effects of habitat re breeding sites are have not been answered. Does not moving animals or undertaking a range of alternatives rather than allowing and conducting culling cause concern? ( see petition re Kilmore Golf Club.
The Plains Wanderer, a bird we could easily lose forever, further endangered due to poor grasslands management
There are recommedations reports and timelines actions that demonstrate the problems. What looks good on paper often hasn't happened didn't happen.. but there should be an effort to get their own actions completed and adhere to recommendations and to too show that there is a real effort to try to protect our wildlife.
Does missing out of date data regarding highly endangered species down to those they SAY are secure in the wild worry you? Does loss of their habitat worry you? And yet as we lose habitat, without knowing what, where, the animals are,how can we protect them properly.?
Bags of shell fish disappear, regularly, due to lack of staff to educate, enforce rules and proper fines being issued to ensure protections,...,Do you fight for the Reef? We need attention here too!
Does the "hidden "loss of habitat in our backyards: councils felling, fines not being enforced,residents felling, trees not properly inspected but deemed unsafe and chopped down, you see free firewood and trees are mulched straight away so that habitat naturally created, when a tree dies, disappears too, and councils and the department regularly do this. They are simply wiping out our wildlife and its habitat.
And those entrusted to protect habitat need to address all these matters because a few trees matters,one tree matters as far as our wildlife is concerned.
Grey headed flying foxes.. ~ volunteers carrying backpacks to spray them on extremely hot days.. 1000's may die and a man trying to save them for many many years said to me that people don't care? Do we? Yes but the Department doesn't seem to. Blossom failure on their trees this year, meant many were literally starving, Carers could barely cope... all volunteers. Ask the Bat Society what numbers they estimate were lost due to fires since Black Saturday and heat and blossom failing to appear at right time this year. They too are losing habitat everywhere.
Climate change ...think of losing our native forests and trees and plants in the landscape. Think of the loss of shading the earth, and think too of rising temperatures and what hot days and fires mean to our wildlife. We need to as much attention to climate change effects on our wildlife and habitat, as there has been given to the effects of coal elsewhere.
Do you love Banksia trees? Do you love She Oaks, , do you love native daisies, do you love native lilies , do you love our beautiful big Red gums and all Eucalyptus trees that tell us we are Australian along with all the native trees our wildlife needs for survival.
Do you just like to go walking and enjoy seeing wildlife?
Native bees, growling grass frogs, legless lizards, Koalas , tiny little Phascogales perhaps? All endangered.
A little about Koalas.. they are not the same as found further Nth. They do eat Eucalyptus leaves but only the the tips of the leaves and they will ( anywhere they are found) eat certain species of gum leaves only and that can vary from one area to another. They suffer in the heat. A zoo will spray the leaves, keep leaves refrigerated changed twice a day and mist enclosures. Koalas need to be assessed urgently.
Quolls have not been seen in the SW of the State for 3 years despite hundreds of camera monitors. Where are they how many are there? Do they know? There's only one species left in the wild in Victoria as far as we know.
Think of any animal you know of, any area of habitat that you have seen disappearing, why it matters to you? Tell them how their actions removing habitat, not properly keeping current data, ask for explanations why critical habitat has been harvested and why non management of grasslands is putting fauna at risk. Ask why proper protections for wildlife crossings are not in place to let animals cross safely?
While many of us fight for the Orangutan , the Great Barrier Reef, the tiger, try to get Marine parks established, try to help the Tasmanian devil, or stop drilling in the arctic ....
We need to get attention to the issues in the department right now to save our wildlife.
We are and have been losing animals forced to be crowded into smaller and smaller spaces, losing places to live in as development increases and infrastructure is built, as the urban boundary was extended, we are losing the corridors that connects habitat, trees that can and do provide nesting hollows for our birds, and many other species too, that can share just one such tree together with many other species, and take many many years to grow. We are losing genetic diversity in what plants and animals remain. The Animal populations out there are under too much pressure. Even the ones we refer to as secure.
Have a look at the animal/ plant that you care about and see what's happening. Why is it in trouble?
Who really protects, saves, monitors, revegetates, who really cares about a species survival? We do.
Volunteers all over the State have been trying to fix the problems for many years.
Grants don't do it, the department doesn't do it. Grants to groups may help but they also disguise the real story and issues.
How can planning be a part of a department that is supposed to be helping habitat and wildlife, for example? Why do I find the Animal Ethics Commitee for Wildlife in the agricultural section of the department? The economic push driving development is apparent as is it obviously driving felling logging and it seems is allowing all our safety nets for wildlife and habitat to be eroded or ignored in the process
A look at the backgrounds of the people you can contact and you will see the lack of the word environment anywhere. Many in the departments are good people with good intentions but those people can't change it.
Decision makers can.
Our native grasses and wildflowers, that our animals have evolved to rely on, have all but disappeared.
Biodiversity is being lost. Genetic diversity is being lost. The critical balance in nature is being destroyed.
There have had many many extinctions( Australia has had the highest rate of extinctions ) and we will lose more. again and again..however we can act to save as much as we can.
It will take a lot of pressure to force change. These issues and many others, have been known in and outside of this department for many years. Resistance to real change is strong.
IF we unite into one, bring all our areas of concern to light, we can create the changes, everyone of us knows must be made.
It's time to tell this Department we have had enough.
And to ask for decisions policies and procedures that can truely protect our wildlife.
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