The wildlife of East Gippsland is no more precious than native animals in any part of Australia. However, these are special species to our area; and here we must begin. The first task being to encourage a larger population of our endangered wildlife. Those already lost shows we have been negligent rather than careless, though there has been some of that as well. Therefore a forfeit, that will be the discovery of what we have lost, has already been levied and will be paid us, but mostly by future generations.
Our generation has the opportunity to stop the degradation of air, water and soil, and with care, return the land, forests and waterways into clean elements they once were, so they benefit our wildlife and in the process, our species as well.
Individuals in sufficient number, are the reservoir of genetic diversity that is required to maintain a species and our environment. In our species it is a prerequisite to protect and return to health that which is being corroded, degraded and eventually lost.
Each species must have sufficient numbers to contain a gene pool that will encourage and facilitate survival. To prevent decline, passed down knowledge and memories of a what was once and the benefit to our land should be taught. The East Gippsland Wildlife Rehabilitators members care for wildlife as the middle place to work from, to pull back what is sliding away at an ever increasing speed.
As individual wildlife carers, shelters, and as a not-for-profit organisation can, and do a great deal for wildlife and their habitat. Not only in our area or state; but we can only do so much.
The people of Victoria and Australia must look to helping, this by ensuring the logging of old growth forests, is no longer part of the Victorian governments intent. That the government agencies who believe timber harvesting is required. Look to a way it can be done without the destruction that is common and fundamental to the current method. Single trees taken. Not great chunks of forest destroyed, leaving bare ground. Australian's really must become the clever species.
Like the East Gippsland wildlife Rehabilitators all have a responsibility to ourselves, our children, the children of their future as well as to the wildlife of our area and all Australia. To ensure that the generations of all species survive and will be seen and enjoyed by every generation of all species.
We have no idea or crystal ball that will show us how we will be judged by future generations, and if more of our wildlife are lost, or depleted, the cost will be more than any generation can pay. The gene pool of many or each species, is so small they can not be saved by the generation that wants their children to experience the pleasure of seeing and knowing them. Our generation will be worse than wastrels if we allow any other species of wildlife to be lost due to apathy, gullibility and not taking our the state and Australian governments to account.
Our role as an organisation, of wildlife carers and shelters, is to pursue issues to ensure the protection and conservation of what is left of our flora and the area in which it survives. Cosseting and nurturing the fauna with the habitat that remains and return what should never have been taken from them, and destroyed by logging and development.
To teach our children the importance of wildlife and habitat conservation is critical, cannot be overstated and must be part of our education thrust in school and at home. We will not be able to reach all adults or children, of our area, of the country. This task of ours is a challenge and is to attempt just that.
Attempt to persuade governments to create more habitat, protect it and the wildlife it nurtures. To maintain these places so we may see our wildlife in the state they have always lived before being driven of land that was always theirs. To thrill our grandchildren with their presence. By this, strengthening their mental health, well being and purpose.
The scent of the eucalyptus forest, the song of many different birds and their mimickers; espy the movement of a precious and treasured native animal, alive and well. Knowing it can only be found in it's natural habitat in Australia, is one of the greatest joys and pleasures, making we who experience it, feel special.
Already our world has been depleted of huge numbers of individual animals. Hundreds of thousands in fact. There is no certainty about the amount of species we have lost, because not all species were recorded. So we have no real idea what has already disappeared. When the first booted foot stepped onto this land, it was teeming with animals that were a marvel, looked at with jaw dropping amazement by those who sought new land and new experiences. The sadness is, the animals of Australia were not seen as treasures then, not even now, rather just another crop to be harvested and exploited.
Now many species of wildlife are seen as nothing but pests by farmers and other landholders, unable to see the bigger picture or understand the part wildlife played in creating the land they covet. Most people know little enough or want to know much about, or what our wildlife contributes. The agriculture and forested land is often disadvantaged because wildlife has been culled. The cost being, production is reliant on greater amounts of fertilizer, feeding grass and other plants which also depletes the soil. Because the soils produce is harvested by animals and farming strategies, then shipped off. A message that has never really got through to those landholders who control vast acres.
The government, both federal and state; which are supposed to protect our wildlife allows farmers to kill our native animals. Yet if someone shoots a stray sheep or bull, they will be prosecuted by the heavy, uneven hand of the law. That which has a known monetary rather than intrinsic, utilitarian value, and belongs to an individual of our species must be protected. That which belongs to all of us; has no status no monetary value unless killed, drawn and quartered, and not protected can be killed with impunity.
The members of the EGWR Inc., challenge all people to be part of the solution that will make it possible for our wildlife to thrive. To help us not only rescue wildlife, but get involved and ask the various tiers of government what they are doing for wildlife? To show and declare an interest. Know the path which ensures we will see the joy on the faces of our grandchildren at their first sight of a wombat, kangaroo, wallaby or goanna. We are the generation that must make a real difference, a real contribution and save the animals of our land for our grandchildren and future generations.
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