WIRES Mid South Coast
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WIRES Mid South Coast Branch Covers a large area between Milton and Tilba, our small band of volunteers receive rescues from rural areas, each year our branch rescue snakes and other reptiles, orphaned possums/gliders, kangaroos, birds and all forms of wildlife. We are lucky to live on the nature coast where wildlife is abundant.
Our branch is often asked to assist forestry and the council whilst they are clearing trees to help ensure native animals are not inhabiting particular trees and we have members on sight who take shifts in these circumstances as a precaution. Also in the event of any major events of injured or endangered wildlife we are called to assist National Parks, recently our branch worked in shifts with National Parks to monitor a rare baby elephant Seal.
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We are always looking in need of more volunteers to assist with wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. If you are interested in joining us, please read our information about becoming a volunteer.
Yellow-bellied Glider, vocal and vulnerable
In October the female glider pictured above was found entangled in the barbed wire surrounding an electricity substation.
While she was being examined and treated for a tear to her patagium it was discovered that this glider was carrying pouch young, making it even more important to get her back to the wild quickly and fully recovered. These gliders are listed as vulnerable to extinction in NSW.
The patagium is the membrane that extends from the front paws to the hind paws and is used for gliding between trees. It is essential for survival and is one of the most frequently seen injuries in gliding marsupials who become entangled in barbed wire.
The Yellow-bellied Glider is one of Australia's six gliding marsupials. They are an active and vocal species and are not often rescued and in care. In the southern coastal region of the state, where this glider was found, only a handful have been rescued in recent years.
Known populations of this species occur in mature eucalypt forests and they feed on nectar, sap, pollen and insects. They live in small family groups and have a large home range where they forage for food.
It has a loud, distinctive call, consisting of a loud, high-pitched shriek, moans and gurgles that often subside into a throaty rattle. They can be heard up to 500 metres away and although to our ears it can sound like distress, it is in fact just the way they communicate. WIRES volunteer Sandy, who was caring for this glider tells us that as she recuperated she was often calling through the night.
We are very pleased to report the patagium tear healed well and she was released recently, to hopefully raise the pouch young she was carrying. Learn about Wildlife Friendly Fencing to help prevent barbed wire entanglement.
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