The 2012 tick season was very unusual because many of the orphans were born about 2 months early. This meant they were older than usual when coming into care, and this made our work a lot easier. We don't know why females across the Spectacled flying fox range in far north Queensland conceived early but it may have been related to cyclone Yasi the previous year. The tick season began about a month earlier than usual and finished nearly 2 months earlier. We had about half our usual rainfall for this time of year.

About 250 orphans come into care , and because of the early births were able to begin releasing orphans by mid-December, about 6 weeks earlier than usual. Only one orphan had cleft palate syndrome, a little girl Frieda with a pin hole cleft. Unlike other orphans that have come in with pin hole clefts she has a normal ability to hang and fly.

This is the first year we've had too many volunteers and some graciously agreed to come next year or stay for a shorter period of time. In January 2013 some camps in southern Australia were hit badly by heat stress

Volunteers: Esther and Clement (rear) and Claudia, Marston and Kiri (in front)

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SEPTEMBER OCTOBER

Alison Eaton, Australia
Meg Churches, Australia
Ashleigh Johnson, Australia
Claudia Barton, UK
Lara Durgan, UK
Puttakhun Vonsingha, Thailand
Nadia Amannsberer, Germany
Marston Jones, USA
Suzie Green, Australia
Esther Redhouse-White

NOVEMBER

Claudia Barton, UK
Lara Durgan, UK
Puttakhun Vonsingha, Thailand
Nadia Amannsberer, Germany
Marston Jones, USA
Suzie Green, Australia
Esther Redhouse-White, UK
Louise, Australia
Pamela Dury, Australia
Kiri Krych-Smith, UK
Heather Reid, Canada
Bets Stover, USA
John Murphy, USA
Nichoals Garvey, Scotland
Clement Le Perchec, France
Teela Brown, Australia
Wyanda, Australia
Renee Picolo, Australia
Lis Kernan, USA


DECEMBER

Renee Picolo, Australia
Abie Meddings UK
Kate Hubbard UK
Bruno, France
Kiri Krych-Smith, UK
Claudia Barton, UK
Teela Brown, Australia
Charlene Vielet, France
Nils Lacroix, France
Elisa Zimmer
Esther Redhouse-White, UK

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JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH


Kiri Krych-Smith, UK
Esther Redhouse-White, Liana Liana Anderson, Australia
llona Bednarek, Switzerland
Abby Panganiban, Canada
Elodie Kuhnert, Switzerland
Sandra Gawlitt, Germany
Rebecca Brown, Scotland
Hilary Fassnidge, UK

turf
The new building has taken a bit of volunteer time this year. Bruno and Kate are laying turf. We put sown 150 square metres that day, and a few weeks later another 50 square metres. We wanted to cover the ground to initially stop the dust, and then to stop ersoion with the rain. It all took very well.
building
The new building has been made possible by an inheritance from Jenny's father. The underneath is dedicated to storage and as a result we've been able to sell the shipping container. The upstairs will be connected to the main house by a ramp. It has a disability access bathroom, volunteer room and facilties for managing the hundreds of orphaned flying foxes we get each year.
Renee Renee catching a carpet snake from the shed. We relocate pythons as flying foxes are a favourite meal for them. We see quite a few snakes
candl
Claudia and Lara rented a car for a week's hoilday. We have a cheap older car hire business in Atherton that means volunteers can get a break easily.