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Supporting Australian 1st Responders & Wildlife

Supporting Australian 1st Responders & Wildlife

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Monday, January 6, 2020/Categories: wildlife conservation, photography, birds, sustainability, environment, climate change

                        Aussie Fireman and koala, 12-22-2019 (credit: Eden Hills Fire Service, S.A.)

The fires that have been ravishing Australia have caused massive damages to people's property, lives, and rural landscapes. The firefighters and other first responders, largely volunteers, have been under exceptional stress from the blazes. The impact to Australia's unique wildlife hasn't been measured but many sad images and videos have been appeared of burned and smoke damaged birds, possums, koalas, and others. A particularly poignant photo was captured by the Eden Hills Country Fire Service and posted to their Facebook page. The fire unit had been called to help protect a family vineyard from the fires. While a fireman was using a hose to halt the fire's spread, a koala wandered from the bush and sit beside the first responder.

Many people want to support the efforts of the volunteer Firemen/First Responders as well as the wildlife care centers also run by local volunteers. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (the ABC) has provided a list of reputable organizations that can accept individual donations specifically designated for these services. This Journal previously recognized a wildlife rescue center in Port Macquarie, NSW, the Koala Hospital, that is well established to help wounded koalas and other wildlife rescued from the bushfires and other injuries. Their public donation page has received widespread support for the veternary hospital and their a network of related rescue centers.

The efforts of these first responders and their organizations should be applauded. They are worthy of any financial support readers may wish to provide to help in the recovery from the devestating wildfires.

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