We were supported by Tablelands Regional Council to extend the verandahs of the release cage to cope with the extra numbers this year. The extended wet weather necessitated building a boardwalk from pallets cut to size so we could escape the mud (not shown in photo). It also slowed down the rate at which we could release the orphans. We expect to support at the release cage until the end of June, though the amount of food going out each day is now down to a minimum.
Long-term weather records for heat, drought and rainfall in our tropical far north region of Queensland were all broken in late November 2018 and into early 2019. Luckily we had a lot of volunteers booked in for this orphan season, many of them repeat volunteers and some of them staying 2-3 months. We accelerated our usual bulk buying of bat food, called in local volunteers more frequently and became more present than usual on social media to attract donations. We also started planning to expand our release facilities out at Tolga Scrub.
More detailed information about how we run our Nursery can be found here and our release program here.
THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS
UK – Devonne Sheppard, Cher Lockwood, Shannon Lindsay
USA – Emily Stanford, Tamara Notowitz, Paul Swift, Lindsay Kaye, Sarah Ferguson, Cailene Bovee, Kristen Williams, Katherine Kroll, Brandon Nowlin, Geneva Kinzer, Nicole Szajner , Lily Hacker, Teej Ford
GERMANY – Ann-Lina Sauer, Traudel Specker
AUS – Caroline Durre, Chelsea McMillan, Lauren Christie, Lisa Enever, Michelle Power, Lee McMichael, Sandra Dobson, Amy Gallagher, Nathan Briggs
OTHER – Gabriela Gallego (Columbia), Joelle & Pascale Taroni (France), Elin Hellgren (Sweden), Barbara Cushing (Guam), Joshua Gilbert (Micronesia), Francisa Yang (Tahiti), Maria Klerck (South Africa)
LOCALS Sue Churchill, David Blair, Dinah Hansman, Carol McGoldrick, Ceinwen Edwards, Rebel Warren, Barb Lansky, Ann Palmer, Cheryl Matthews, Naomi Fay, Amanda Kaiwi, Putri McCall, Desiree Lim, Jerry Willimann, Petra Buttner, Denise, Tracey Hayes, Helen Weld, Clelia Croxford, Robert Smith
VET STUDENTS – Sydney University – Alexandra Berry, Yi Zhang, Rebekah Pyne, Erina Leask, Genevieve Forman. Gabi Elsinger, Isabelle Spooner, Irene Marexca, Katherine Nguyen. James Cook University – Jessica Stinson, Jemma Payne, Meg Parker, Crystal Barrett, Alex Stephens. Megan Kettle, Louise Raynaud. Melbourne University – Hannah Dyer
STAFF Jenny Mclean, Ashleigh Johnson, Hannah Thompson, Stacey Gordon (only Hannah on a wage)
THANK YOU TO ALL THE DONORS There were many many small donors, and not so small donors, as well as the larger ones like the International Fund for Animal Welfare, Pam Ison and the Queensland Department of Environment and Sustainability.