Queensland Forest burnt in the bushfires 2019-2020

Environmental Recovery from the Bushfires – 07/02/20

07 February 2020

Welcome to the latest newsletter about the environmental volunteering response for bushfire recovery. This week we’ve got more events coming up February & March, as most of last week’s booked out in 2 hours, so be quick! 

Thanks to you, together we’re now almost 10,000 people strong.   

To help us get to 10k, please can you share this with 1 other friend or colleague?  

We’re going to need an army in the coming weeks and months for the recovery of our natural environment because the scale of the fires around the country will demand a marathon, not a sprint. Damage assessment and recovery planning is underway, and for the coming months we’ll be calling on you to get involved, when groups are better placed to use your support. 

Today marks 11 years since the horrific Black Saturday fires. Our thoughts are with all the people and animals affected when 450,000 hectares burned in Victoria. In comparison, this fire season has seen over 11 million hectares burn across Australia. Many years after Black Saturday volunteers were still involved in environmental recovery work such as tree planting, feral animal control, and nesting box installation. As you can see, we have a long road ahead together to restore our natural environment. 

“The environmental recovery was intricately linked with the human recovery and the investment in the community and social networks was fundamental to enabling the community to deal with this catastrophic fire.”  – Community Skills, Knowledge And Engagement Bushfire Recovery Program Report, Goulburn Broken CMA, April 2011 

Recovery Opportunities

Volunteering opportunities are limited at the moment whilst fires are still burning in some regions, but we have put together some great projects and these are listed below, we would love to see you there. In many other regions fire grounds are yet to be fully assessed or declared safe. However we are working with partners around the country to identify opportunities for you to get involved.

Here’s this week’s opportunities:

Whilst fires are still burning in some places and damage assessment is happening in others, we have listed below some opportunities. In many other regions fire grounds are yet to be fully assessed or declared safe, however we are working with partners around the country to identify opportunities for you to get involved. 

Here’s this week’s opportunities: 

NSW 

Ballina : 15 Feb : Nesting box construction – book your spot 

Ballina : 22 Feb : Nesting box construction – book your spot  

Ballina : 7 Mar : Nesting box construction – book your spot  

Greater Sydney : 28 Feb : Nesting box construction – book your spot 

Greater Sydney : 14 Mar : Nesting box construction – book your spot 

 

QLD 

Brisbane : 22-23 Feb (overnight) : Track Repairs in Main Ridge National Park – book your spot  

Townsville : 8 Feb : Wildlife rescue craft workshop – book your spot 

Townsville : 22 Feb : Wildlife rescue craft workshop – book your spot  

Townsville : 7 Mar : Wildlife rescue craft workshop – book your spot  

 

SA 

None available currently.

 

VIC 

Geelong : 15 Feb : Nesting box construction – book your spot  

Geelong : 22 Feb : Nesting box construction – book your spot  

Melbourne : 29 Feb : Nesting box construction – book your spot  

Warnambool : 8 Feb : Nesting box construction – book your spot 

Warnambool : 22 Feb : Nesting box construction – book your spot  

 

ANYWHERE

Citizen Science opportunity – (NOTE: Do not enter fire zones unless they have been declared safe) photograph regrowth, animals and insects returning after bushfires for UNSW and the Centre for Ecosystem Science – https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/science-tech/citizen-scientists-get-snappy-monitor-bushfire-ravaged-environment 

Make a watering station – (NOTE: Do not enter fire zones unless they have been declared safe) if you live on a bushfire affected property, you can use these details to make a watering station for wildlife – https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/research-and-publications/publications-search/how-to-make-a-wildlife-watering-pod  

 

Have you seen other opportunities for volunteers to get involved in recovery work? Reply and send us a link or some information, and we’ll get in touch with the organisers to see if they need more help. 

 

Stories of Recovery

This is a round-up of some of the stories of wildlife and habitat recovery from around the country.

Signs of recovery in Binna Burra rainforest – read it on The ABC

Wildilfe watering stations in action, via the Threatened Species Commissioner – see it on Facebook 

Tippy & Jellybean, Koalas rescued from the fires are released after treatment at Healesville Sanctuary – see it on Instagram  

Tiny Sugar Glider take a ride out of the fire ground with a firefighter in NSW – see it on Instagram 

Seen a story of recovery? Reply and send us a link.

 

Important Notices

These are curated notices about the environmental recovery work which may be useful to you or someone you know. 

NSW Government published a useful resource on looking after wildlife, with a focus on good practice around food and water – download it here

Registered wildlife shelters and incorporated associations supporting wildlife rescue and rehabilitation in NSW, VIC, SA & QLD are eligible to apply for amounts up to $10,000 – find out more

NSW Government have published their immediate response paper on Wildlife and Conservation for Bushfire Recovery – download it here

Natural Resources Kangaroo Island published a Land Manager Kit to support people with recovery work – download it here

The National Recovery Agency website is live – read it here

 

Many thanks again for tuning in and for wanting to help in the environmental response to the bushfires.

We will be in touch again next week with another email sharing updates and opportunities for you to be involved in the environmental recovery efforts for the Australian bushfires.

In your service,

 

Sam and the Conservation Volunteers Bushfire Recovery Team

 

Conservation Volunteers is the national coordinator for the environmental volunteering response to the bushfires – https://conservationvolunteers.com.au/bushfires

Check our FAQ about the recovery work, or contact us if you want to ask us questions or have ideas which aren’t addressed – https://conservationvolunteers.com.au/bushfires/bushfire-recovery-faq/

 

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