have always had a love of and interest in animals, both wild
and domesticated, but it was only in later years that my passion
for wildlife came to the fore. My husband Dallas and I had been
considering getting involved in wildlife care for a while, when
an injured galah that we rescued from a dog attack tipped the
balance. We took the poor bird to the local WIRES branch bird
co-ordinator who, over a cup of tea, inspired us to put our
names down for the next Rescue and Immediate Care course! So,
December 1999 found us attending the course and becoming members
of WIRES - the rest, as they say, is history!
have rescued and cared for a variety of creatures over the years,
but I have to say macropods and especially wombats are dearest
to my heart - their joeys are simply a joy to raise!
I have found that 'advancing age' has made it difficult for
me to continue with full-time care, although we still continue
with rescue and overnight care. My focus now is to continue
with what has always been my belief, that 'education and information'
about our wildlife is hugely important, and we need to do all
that we can to 'spread the word'.
is especially true when it comes to our children. After all,
the future is in our children's hands, so it is vital that we
do all that we can to ensure that they develop a love for and
understanding of the importance of the natural world. So, most
of my efforts now involve 'taking it out there' to anyone and
everyone! This includes monthly publicity items in local newspapers/newsletters,
along with producing a quarterly newsletter for my WIRES branch
(Southern Tablelands) - which along with our membership, also
gets sent to more than 150 supporters and other interested people
(including four overseas).
other passion (aside from family, grandkids and great-grandkids!)
is wildlife and environmental photography, so I also use this
to bring nature to people via social media. If what I do causes
just one person to take an interest in and become active in
caring about our wildlife and environment, then the effort will
have been worthwhile!