Australian Wildlife Society Conservation Group Grants

The Council of the Society carefully considers all requests for grants from Conservation Groups and places special emphasis on wildlife and the preservation of wildlife habitat.
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Conservation Group Grants

Cairns Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre

Funds were donated to this non-profit organisation in the name of Margaret Deas, our oldest member. Dr Jennie Gilbert, our regional councillor in Cairns, recommended that the grant fund a recently rescued large green sea turtle. The turtle is a mature green turtle aged approximately 80+ and measures 1.1 metres. Jennie said that this is one of the oldest female breeding turtles she has ever rescued. The turtle, now named Margaret, was rescued in 25 knot winds and large seas between Cairns and Fitzroy Island by the dedicated staff off the Cairns Dive Centre boat. She was suffering from severe starvation from the lack of food resources in the north. The turtle is now safely at Cairns Rehabilitation Centre on Fitzroy Island and eating 40 squid a day. The sea turtle will be in care for an extended period and when released will have a satellite tracker attached to her to monitor her movements. These days, the most significant threat for them is a commercial fishing technique called longline fishing that uses hundreds or even thousands of baited hooks hanging from a single line and causes accidental sea turtle deaths.

iNSiGHT Ornithology Wedge-tailed Eagle Satellite Research Project

Funds were donated to this non-profit organisation to add to the scientific knowledge of eagles.

Bat research in Cliefden limestone caves

Funds were donated to this non-profit organisation to conserve this unique system and to study the endangered bats. Located between the NSW Central West towns of Orange and Cowra, the Cliefden Caves Geoheritage Site is unique, containing internationally significant Ordovician fossils, limestone caves, a warm spring, a habitat for threatened bat species and historical sites, including the first discovered limestone in inland Australia. It is ranked in the top 15 most significant limestone cave system in Australia by scientific experts.

Fourth Crossing Wildlife

We sponsored regional advisor and wildlife carer Linda Dennis' attendance at Australian Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference in Hobart to represent the Society.

AWRENA

We sponsored the Australasian Network for Ecology and Transportation (ANET) Inaugural Conference – The future of ecology and transportation – in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. The funds were allocated for travel support for student attendees. The major objective of the conference was research and implementation of road design to protect native wildlife and prevent roadkill.

Fourth Crossing Wildlife

We sponsored Linda Dennis' attendance at the National Koala Conference at Port Macquarie to represent the Society as regional advisor and wildlife carer.

Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary

Funds were donated to this non-profit organisation to assist in upgrading existing fencing and the establishment of new enclosures at the Dingo Conservation Centre, as well as building enclosures for flight carnivores. The Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on 5 acres of land on the Northern edge of Barwon Heads in Victoria. Jirrahlinga, Aboriginal for "Seek a home for a kangaroo", was established more than 30 years ago by Tehree Gordon to be a haven for injured wildlife. Following the Ash Wednesday Bush fires in 1983, Jirrahlinga received national and international media coverage acclaiming the rescue mission launched to seek out and treat shocked and burnt animals. But Jirrahlinga is not just for distressed native animals, it is primarily about people, particularly people who have a disability, a special need, the frail or the aged.

iNSiGHT Ornithology

Funds were donated to this non-profit organisation to assist in the production of a film on the plight of eagles. iNSiGHT Ornithology was established in 2008 to engage and iNSPIRE people about the environment, mainly through the science of birds (ornithology). It is available to provide environmental services to schools and environmental interest groups, individuals, consultants and government departments.

Cairns Turtle Rehab Centre

Funds were donated to this non-profit organisation to assist in the purchase of tanks to aid in the rehabilitation of sick and injured sea turtles. Their mission is protecting and promoting the conservation of marine turtles. This serves as their guiding principle and therefore underpins the aims and objectives to do all that they can to rehabilitate sick and injured turtles in their care; provide assistance, where required or requested, in efforts to rescue turtles in distress; to share their knowledge in the interests of turtle rescue, rehabilitation and research; raise awareness of issues faced by marine turtles through positive publicity and teaching; promote humane and sustainable practices through co-operation and education and seek to positively influence Government Policy relating to turtle conservation and the marine environment.

Cedar Creek Wombat Rescue and Wildlife Refuge

Funds were donated to this non-profit organisation to assist in the rescue and rehabilitation of local wombats. Cedar Creek Wombat Rescue and Wildlife Refuge is dedicated to rescuing not just orphaned joey wombats but also sub-adults and adults that are in need of medical care whether it be from accident, injury or mange. Along with wombats, they care for many species native animals with the focus being on animals that are in need of more than routine care to get them to the point of release. Roz Holme, who was born and bred into wildlife and is also a trained vet nurse, takes on animals with illness or injuries that may have otherwise been euthanised.

Wombat Awareness organisation (South Australia)

Funds were donated to this non-profit organisation to assist in the purchase of feed for southern hairy-nosed wombats affected in extreme drought conditions. Thousands of wombats starved to death during this severe drought in South Australia.

Wombat Awareness Organisation in South Australia

Funds were donated to this non-profit organisation to assist in their mission of large-scale rescue and rehabilitation of the southern hairy-nosed wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons). This includes wombat protection and conservation, protection of fragmented populations, developing new co-existence plans for landowners, lobbying for tougher regulations on culling and undertaking research into public opinion, population status, human impact and a Murraylands Mange Management Program. Their aim is to revolutionise the perception of wombats by promoting welfare and conservation of the species.

Fourth Crossing Wildlife

We sponsored Fourth Crossing Wildlife representative's attendance at the Wombat Conference in Albury. We felt it important that WPSA be represented for their dedication to the welfare, rescue and rehabilitation of native wildlife. The conference shared the latest information about the rescue, rehabilitation and release of wombats. There were approximately 30 presenters from across Australia, including speakers from wildlife care organisations, government, the veterinary profession, research institutions and the RSPCA.

Australian Rescue and Rehabilitation Of Wildlife Assoc Inc

A.R.R.O.W. rescues and rehabilitates sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. We donated funds to give assistance for caring for the wildlife so seriously affected by the Queensland floods and its aftermath. It has not been possible to even hazard a guess at the loss of life in our wildlife species, or to work out how long it will be before the tree and plant food that fed birds, koalas and other wildlife are restored in this environment.

Foster of Australia's Unique Native Animals Association

F.A.U.N.A. is a dedicated group of people who care for sick, injured and orphaned native Australian animals. We donated funds to help in the care of the native animals devastated by the Queensland floods.

National Parks Association – The Travelling Stock Routes and Reserves (TSR)

Network in NSW is an extensive network of public land, established for droving sheep and cattle across the countryside. Unlike surrounding agricultural land, TSRs weren't cleared, so they have a unique range of environmental, cultural, heritage, social and economic values. We donated funds for this valuable project to continue to protect and preserve the travelling stock routes.

Wirrimbirra Wildlife Sanctuary

Australian Wildlife Society became a Major Partner in Wirrimbirra's Country & Western in Wollondilly Concert to raise money to establish a koala enclosure. Wirrimbirra has resolved to explore the possibility of hosting koalas at Wirrimbirra Sanctuary, both as an exhibit and in the wild.

Fourth Crossing – Linda Dennis

Linda was given a grant to attend the National Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference in Adelaide in June to represent our Society as Regional Advisor.

Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, Cairns

Australian Wildlife Society donated funds to purchase two water tanks that were needed to act as water storage and settlement tanks for incoming water supplies to the turtle rehab tanks because the incoming water contains a lot of sediment, as the centre's pumping site is located up a tidal creek surrounded by mud flats. This dirty water quickly blocks up the filters, creating less-than-ideal conditions in the rehab tanks. The two new water tanks were needed to act as primary settlement tanks, removing a lot of the suspended solids from the incoming water before it reaches the filters on the rehab tanks.

Help for Wildlife, Coldstream, Victoria

To encourage their commitment to the rescue and treatment of native injured wildlife in Victoria, we donated funds towards their organisation's work rescuing and rehabilitating native Australian wildlife affected by bushfires.

Nature Foundation South Australia

After our members' visit to Kangaroo Island it was decided to donate funds for sea lion research on Kangaroo Island. After successfully lobbying the Minister for Environment, the South Australia Government agreed to match our donation.

National Parks & Wildlife Service, NSW

Each year in winter a band of dedicated conservationists gather on the headland at Cape Solander in Sydney to collate data on the migration of whales from Antarctica to Australia's northern waters. Australian Wildlife Society purchased a small caravan to be loaned to the whale watchers each winter to give them some relief from the cold winter winds and rain, and to use as a base for their equipment.

Central North Wildlife Care & Rescue, Tasmania

To encourage their commitment to the rescue and treatment of native injured wildlife in Tasmania we donated four monthly instalments towards the purchase of a kit shed.

Fourth Crossing – Linda Dennis

Linda's for a passionate commitment to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured native animals. To facilitate the teaching of other carers we donated funds for the teaching of Fauna First Aid in Victoria (wombat care) and Deniliquin (general wildlife care).

Tolga Bat Rescue & Research Inc

On one of our members' wildlife study tours, they visited Tolga Bat Hospital and were so impressed with the volunteers and their commitment to the rescue and treatment of native injured wildlife in Queensland, we were asked to donate funds to go towards the goal of rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing bats that would otherwise die.

Australian Ecosystems Foundation, Lithgow

A donation was made to the Australian Ecosystems Foundation Incorporated (AEFI) to assist in the native animal breeding program at Secret Creek Sanctuary that contains the only black Eastern quolls on the mainland of Australia. These quoll and other individuals are currently in captive breeding programs to maintain suitable breeding stock for future release. AEFI is a nationally registered Environmental Organisation dedicated to saving Australia's wildlife by protecting habitats and maintaining natural ecological processes.

Australian Seabird Rescue Inc, Ballina

A donation was made to purchase an endoscope for ASR's marine sea turtle hospital, which is one of only four licensed facilities in New South Wales, and the only facility on the East Coast staffed by volunteers. The volunteers have been rescuing marine sea turtles from the North Coast of New South Wales since 1998.

Society of Frogs and Reptiles Inc, Newcastle

A donation was made to the Society of Frogs and Reptiles to assist in their rescue service, which is endorsed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. The disappearance of native frogs from our local environment has been a major problem for some time and identifying the reason is very important. This Society has been working hard to save as many frogs as possible and conducting research into finding a solution to the disappearance of many frogs from their natural habitat.

Inland Rivers Network, NSW

A donation was made to assist in the production of the Network's newsletters on the conservation of freshwater wildlife and their habitats. Inland Rivers Network is a coalition of environment groups and individuals concerned about the degradation of the rivers, wetlands and ground waters of the Murray-Darling Basin. Since 1991 the Network has advocated for the conservation of biological diversity in these environments, the maintenance of essential ecosystem functions and the restoration of degraded habitats. The newsletter will be widely distributed throughout all conservation groups and the local media outlets to bring greater awareness of the need to maintain a healthy river system for our wildlife in all its forms.

Hansen Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Kangaroo Island, SA

A donation was made to Hansen Bay Wildlife Sanctuary that will be used to form a 'Wildlife Foundation' to save and protect all native wildlife on Kangaroo Island. After the visit by the members of the Society, the Island was devastated by bushfires which killed and injured much of the native wildlife across the Island.

Desert Wildlife Services, NT

A donation was made to towards a bilby conservation project on the southern edge of bilby distribution in the Northern Territory, approximately 450 kilometres west of Alice Springs. The first step of utilising the donated funds is to conduct a bilby survey to locate a suitable bilby colony that requires protection from predators. The second step will be to consult with Traditional Owners about appropriate predator management around the bilby colony, hopefully leading to the establishment of some fox-specific bait dispensers at the site. Local indigenous women could then be employed to conduct a monthly patrol of the site to determine whether bilbies are still present and to notify when fox baits need replacing. The Australian Wildlife Society has adopted this project as a major conservation project and further details can be found on our website - www.wpsa.org.au This Bilby Conservation Program is also being funded by the Federal Government.

Donation to save the Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius johnsonii) after Tripical Cyclone Larry

In 2006 the Australian Wildlife Society allocated funds to C4 to contribute towards the establishment and stocking of feeding stations and these funds have been passed on to National Parks to assist in the feeding of the Cassowaries. MORE »

Donation to National Parks and Wildlife Foundation for Green Valley

In 2005 the Australian Wildlife Society presented the President of the National Parks and Wildlife Foundation with a cheque for the conservation of a large parcel of land in Green Valley, the home of many protected species.

Donation to Bird's Australian Bushfires and Birds Seminar

For some years the Australian Wildlife Society has sponsored seminars conducted by Birds Australia and in 2005 we provided this support again. The seminars have been of high quality in the past and the program in April 2005 was no exception. Birds Australia decided to hold the seminar in Canberra to provide a greater opportunity for their ACT members to participate and, following on from the serious bushfires in the ACT in 2003, the focus on birds and bushfires was appropriate. MORE »

Donation to help save the Gouldian Finch

In 2005 The Australian Wildlife Society made a cash donation to the Australian Wildlife Conservancy to be allocated to their Gouldian finch project on Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia. MORE »

Donation to Kelso High Waterwatch group to help recover from school fire

A group of environmentally-minded students from Kelso High School are continuing their good work, despite the loss of their equipment, and their school buildings, in a recent fire thanks to the generosity of the Australian Wildlife Society. MORE »

Support for the Campaign to save the Maquarie Marshes

In 2005 our Society joined the campaign to save the Macquarie Marshes. The Macquarie Marshes is a vast wetland covering more than 220,000ha in north-west NSW. It is on the Macquarie River system rising above Bathurst and the Central Tablelands area. This Marsh is one of the largest semi-permanent wetlands in south- eastern Australia. It is the largest nesting site in Australia for colonial nesting waterbirds such as egrets, ibis and herons. Macquarie Marshes has the greatest diversity of wetland bird species and the highest nest density rates in Australia. MORE »

Whale Watching Donation

The Australian Wildlife Society purchased a small caravan that each year will be based at the Cape Solander Whale Watching Platform at Kurnell for use by the team of volunteers who work on the Cape Solander Whale Migration Study that is being carried out on the coastline of the Botany Bay National Park, Sydney. MORE »

Donation to the RSPCA wildlife shelter in Canberra

In 2004 the Wildlife Preservation Society made a cash donation to the RSPCA Wildlife shelter that was burnt in the January bushfires. RSPCA Wildlife operates within the RSPCA (ACT) Inc where there is one fulltime Wildlife Officer supported by a large, loose network of volunteers. RSPCA Wildlife rescues and rehabilitates injured and/or orphaned wildlife in the Australian Capital Territory. The RSPCA Wildlife Steering Committee meets regularly to schedule and plan training courses, public awareness-raising, fund-raising and other activities, and to discuss current issues.

Donation for research into roadkill

The Australian Wildlife Society awarded a research grant of $2,000 to Vanessa Morrissey an Honours Student from the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at University of New South Wales to assist with her project on fauna-sensitive road design and roadkill in the Royal National Park. The project aims to collect, collate and analyse statistics on wildlife vehicle collisions, as well as developing, deploying and field testing collision abatement technologies. Vanessa’s project is concerned with the statistical phase of the project in a temperate climate (the Royal National Park). Other statistics have been collected from Fowlers Gap in the arid zone and Tumut in the snowy mountains. MORE »

Donation to help the endangered Brush-Tailed Rock-Wallaby

In 2004 the Australian Wildlife Society donated $1,000 towards the purchase of Green Gully in the Macleay Gorges area for the endangered Brush-Tailed Rock-Wallaby. MORE »

Donation for research on quolls

A number of wildlife research grants were awarded in 2003. Al Glenn, a PhD student at the University of Sydney, received a grant to study the effects of fox predation on native quoll. There is an urgent need to learn more about the status and long term survival of our native quoll and this research work is part of a wider research program to protect the species from predation by foxes and wild dogs. MORE »

Donation to National Parks and Wildlife Foundation for land purchase

The Australian Wildlife Society presented the President of the National Parks and Wildlife Foundation with a cheque for the conservation of a large parcel of land in Green Valley, the home of many protected species.

Donation to Australian Wildlife Conservancy to study Gouldian finches

In December 2001, the Australian Wildlife Society made a presentation to the Australian Wildlife Conservancy to study the rare and beautiful Gouldian finches in the Kimberley at Mornington Station. This Station was recently purchased and donated to the Conservancy to protect all wildlife in the region but in particular the habitat for Gouldian finches.