With the rising temperatures and the worsening drought, our drying landscape is a constant reminder of our vulnerability to the changing climate.
It also draws our attention to the plight of our local wildlife. The Eastern Grey kangaroos are becoming bolder as they enter our gardens and paddocks in search of green morsels. I have heard stories of them eating succulents, tea tree and any green lawns.
Troublesome they may be but who can begrudge them their chance of survival.
The large powerful bucks are formidable figures and it is recommended that they not be approached too closely as they can become defensive if cornered. The does may have joeys with them right now and can abandon them if they are panicked into flight.
Drivers need to show patience and take care on the roads as the roos venture more often to the roadsides in search of feed. A few minutes added to your journey is a small price to pay when the alternative may be a wrecked car or your family’s life!
Our local birds are also doing it tough. The lack of ground water means that birds must cross ever increasing distances of open country to find water, therefore exposing themselves to predator attack. A sturdy shallow dish of cool water, placed high enough to deter local cats and placed near bushes, will be welcomed. The sight of blue wrens, thornbills and honeyeaters coming closer into your gardens can bring great joy. It may lead to a new hobby, keeping a visitors list or even a serious photographic habit!
Kangaroos too will use a dish or bath of fresh water placed away from the house in a shady spot.
A small effort on our part can make a huge difference to the lives of our local wild visitors. This will ensure that they are still around for us to enjoy when the rain finally arrives sometime in the future.
By Chris Baker
Originally published in Uralla Wordsworth