Importance of the Chat Line

To: Christine <>
Subject: Importance of the Chat Line
From: Denise Kay <>
Date: Sat, 7 Dec 2019 12:03:30 +0000
the bats are on time really but are starving  and only small numbers , it will be interesting to see if the population grows more than last year which was over 8,000 at the peak in commonwealth park.

last Thursday the Shoalhaven bat sanctuary people buried more than 1,000 GFF pups who were abandoned in the Bomaderry colony and oddly enough Jervis Bay that does not normally have a regular colony . And the numbers increase daily , very few can be rescued because of the terrain & casuarinas  are hard to climb. 

It is a starvation event , the fires have wiped out many food sources along the east coast .Those Flying - foxes that survive will be vital in restoring ,  rehabilitating & pollinating the forests for anything else that was lucky to survive this scorching of the bush not to mention  the oxygen we breath.

Then you get the geniuses who want to shoot the rest. 

Denise Kay
Flying Fox Coordinator
ACT Wildlife

On 7 Dec 2019, at 7:29 pm, Christine <> wrote:

Just a few thoughts from my own (very casual) observations so far this season, and somewhat in response to Rosemary's points..

1. The bats seem to have arrived earlier than usual this summer, and are very noisy during the night - I didn't realise there was any fruit ripe yet..

2. I am not seeing as many small birds around as usual

3. The insects appear to be doing okay in general

4. Overall there have been more "rare" bird visitors to the ACT this year than the past few years

5. There is currently a lerp infestation of the Blakely's Red Gums in Canberra, this is not good for the trees in question, and does not seem to have attracted birds to eat them .. I do not know enough about this to comment further, but would like to learn more ...

I look forward to hearing other peoples observations,


On Sat, Dec 7, 2019 at 6:44 PM David McDonald (personal) <> wrote:
Forwarded at Rosemary's request. I apologise for the delay.
Best wishes - David
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