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July 2019
Greetings <<First Name>>

Welcome to the July newsletter. 

Spiders aren't for everybody, I get that.  They can be pretty scary.  BUT they're native animals too, well most of the ones we have creeping around are anyway, and they need protection from harm just like all our native animals.

Spiders in the home can be a bit daunting BUT please don't reach for the insect spray. We need spiders as part of our precious biodiversity.

Below are some tips on removing a "creepy crawly" from your home.  All you need is a container and a piece of paper or cardboard. 

As a little bit of incentive for you to get out there and perform your first "spider rescue", send me a photo of you rescuing and releasing a spider and I'll choose the best to ***WIN A PRIZE***.  Woohoo!

Winning photo will appear in the August newsletter. Happy Snapping!

Cheers for now
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Linda Dennis

Record Breeding Season for Tasmanian Devils at Aussie Ark

Wildlife conservation charity Aussie Ark is celebrating with the announcement of their best Tasmanian devil breeding season ever at the Barrington Tops facility.

Pouch checks have revealed 69 Tasmanian devil joeys born in 2019 - an incredible 44 per cent increase from 2018.

The wild population of Tasmanian devils has decreased by 90 per cent since 1996, with the iconic Australian animal facing extinction due to the contagious Devil Facial Tumour Disease.

Aussie Ark started in 2011 with the mission to save the Tasmanian devils from extinction with today's milestone giving the team a big reason to celebrate.

"The Aussie Ark team has been working hard all year to ensure the health and wellbeing of our devils, and we are over the moon with excitement at 69 joeys - our best ever breeding season," Aussie Ark president Tim Faulkner said.

AWS President Suzanne Medway said that our Society was delighted with the news and was very proud that the Society donated funds to the juvenile devil enclosure.

Wayward Sea Lion Recovers

A lost sea lion pup found emaciated on an Esperance beach is fit, healthy and back in the wild after local vets and wildlife carers brought it back to health.

When Esperance veterinarian Sarah McLay was on call two weeks ago, she got an unexpected assignment — a baby sea lion was in need of her help.

Found alone on the shore by a local beachgoer, the pup — believed to be about four months old — was brought in to Swans Veterinary Services underweight and dehydrated.

Koala "Wet Bottom"

If you see a koala with a bottom like this (photo on the left), please call a wildlife rescue immediately.

This is what is known as ‘dirty bottom’ or ‘wet bottom’. The bottom has a very dark rust coloured staining on it and is wet and matted.

This is a koala who is not well and needs veterinary treatment immediately. This is Chlamydial Cystitis which is a thickening of the wall bladder causing the urine to leak from the bladder. It is extremely painful and if attended to soon enough is able to be treated.

The photo on the right is what a healthy koala bottom should look like - lovely grey and white and clean. If you see a koala with a bottom that doesn’t look as it should, please call us or your local wildlife rescue group immediately so the koala can get the help it needs.

BrushTurkeys in the 'Burbs'

BrushTurkeys in The 'Burbs' App passed 600 sightings this week!

It's now mating season so it's the perfect time to download the app and help PhD student, Matthew Hall from University of Sydney to track these iconic bird's habits and range. Check out the map - citizen scientists are finding these birds all over Australia!

BrushTurkeys App is created by SPOTTERON and is available on the Android and Apple stores.

get it...
Australian Gulls Found to Carry Antibiotic-resistant Superbugs

Australian gulls are carrying superbugs resistant to antibiotics, raising fears that disease-causing bacteria may spread from the birds to humans, livestock and pets.

A team of scientists led by researchers at Perth’s Murdoch University found more than 20 percent of silver gulls nationwide were carrying pathogenic bacteria, such as E coli, that are resistant to drugs. E coli can cause urinary tract infections, life-threatening sepsis, and meningitis.

Dr Sam Abraham, a lecturer in veterinary and medical infectious diseases at the university, said the “eye-opening” study should be a wake-up call for Australian governments.

A Guide to all 27 Species of Australia’s Possums and Gliders
This is absolutely everything you need to know about all of Australia’s possums and gliders.

In the black of night, Australia’s 27 species of possum and glider scamper across our roofs, dart along branches in secluded rainforests or peer tentatively from tiny hidey-holes.

Hissing, growling or completely silent, they perform a circus act of acrobatic feats, the larger gliders spreading their gliding membranes to travel more than 100 m at a single jump.

Some gliders have even been recorded doing a U-turn in mid-air.

With large eyes to capture more of the light at night, they’ve adapted to watch for owls, quolls and pythons, but their biggest threat – humankind – has increasingly encroached on their territory, destroying old-growth forest and its sheltering, century-old treehollow

Furry, cuddly and sometimes curious, possums and gliders are among Australia’s best-loved residents and a fascinating feature of night-life in the bush.

University of Tasmania Researchers Hope to Develop a Longer-lasting Treatment for Wombat Mange

Mange is a deadly disease caused by mites carried by domestic animals that has ravaged Tasmania's wombat population, having first been introduced to Australia during colonisation.

In a paper published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, researchers present a treatment program and lessons learned from it to guide the development of more effective and feasible control of mange disease in wombat populations.

Long-term disease control in wildlife is rare, and is particularly difficult for pathogens that can transmitted through the environment such as the mite that causes mange in bare-nosed wombats.

During an attempt to control the mange outbreak at Narawntapu National Park in Northern Tasmania, PhD student Alynn Martin showed the disease could be controlled temporarily using a Cydectin treatment remotely delivered to wombats using flaps over their burrows.

Winter May be the Best Time to Release Captive-bred
Bilbies in Southern Australia
The gentle and much-loved bilby is one of Australia's most vulnerable species, but now researchers are seeking new ways to help it thrive — using peanut butter.

The nationally vulnerable species breeds year-round in captivity and arid zones, but a study of populations at Venus Bay and Thistle Island on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula suggests that may not be the case in the southern parts of the country.

Research has found that bilbies may adopt seasonal breeding patterns in cooler climates.

If this is true, it will help researchers release captive-bred bilbies into the wild at the most effective time.

Data collected from the sites over three years shows the bilbies appeared to stop breeding during autumn.

Native Wallaby Brought Back from Brink of Extinction in the Red Centre

An ambitious conservation project is bringing native animals back from the brink of extinction.

The rufous hare-wallaby, known commonly as mala, hasn't been seen in the wilds of central Australia since the early 1990s, after falling victim to the feral cats and foxes that have decimated native animal populations.

But now there is hope at the largest fully fenced wildlife sanctuary in the world at Newhaven Station, 300 kilometres outside of Alice Springs.

In a project that has been more than a decade in the making, staff at Newhaven have released 30 healthy adult mala within the protected area.

The rufous hare-wallaby was pushed to the brink of extinction by feral cats.
Did you know?

From Nature Australia

The Pellucid hawk moth is a unique species that looks like a cross between a moth, a cicada, and a glasswing butterfly. Very few species of Lepidoptera, the insect order which includes all butterflies and moths, have scaleless, transparent wings.

Coloured wings can serve many functions, including communication, defence, thermoregulation, feeding, and waterproofing. So why the transparent wings? It’s thought these wings reflect about 50 percent less light than opaque ones, rendering the wings almost invisible in flight. It’s like an invisibility cloak which makes it a great defence against becoming prey.

Koalas Can't Write Submissions
Koalas can't write submissions.  So the Nature Conservation Council is asking YOU too.

A parliamentary inquiry has launched to investigate koala numbers and the loss of their habitat in NSW. Inquiries can put an issue in the spotlight when communities actively engage and demand action from the NSW Government.

We have provided you with a template, so you can just fill in your details and hit send. But we strongly encourage you to take a few moments to edit the subject line and email - what are you most concerned about? Perhaps you have a personal story that you can add - these details matter and make your submission unique.

This inquiry could be the turning point that pushes the government to take action and protect koala habitat from bulldozers and chainsaws.

We must take every opportunity we can to raise our voices. Please make an urgent submission to the NSW koala inquiry.

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