have been a wildlife carer and conservationist for eight years. It has been challenging,
there have been many highs and a lot of lows, but wildlife conservation has been
far from a chore. For me wildlife conservation is a labour of love, it is my ultimate
three years ago, I added education to my wildlife conservation work. In a nut
shell, what I do is knowledge sharing. It is what I do with my knowledge that
has earned me this recognition, and I am exceptionally proud to be standing here
time ago I recognised that wildlife care information is not easily available to
all who need it and so I created my website, Fourth Crossing Wildlife
and the Fauna First Aid wildlife education program. My program recognises the
fact that any person who picks up a distressed or injured animal
is a carer.
wildlife carers, for many different reasons, do not have access to networks, care
information or training. These carers, with the very best intentions at heart,
often struggle and appropriate care may not always be offered to an native animal
and for this reason many animals fail to thrive, many even die.
is my mission to educate these carers so that all native animals - no matter where
they are - are receiving optimum care.
am also dedicated to supporting these carers so they don't feel alone when facing
the huge challenge of wildlife care.
Fauna First Aid program has several levels: I teach wildlife awareness, rescue,
handling and care to community groups; there is a fun and informative session
for school children, with a program especially written for pre-schoolers; and
I teach an in-depth lecture on the care of native animals to veterinary nurse
students studying at TAFE, which is the core mission of Fauna First Aid.
Fourth Crossing Wildlife and Fauna First Aid I present free quality
wildlife resources to all wildlife carers, without prejudice or discrimination.
Many others share my dream and resource contributions have been submitted from
all corners of the wildlife community, including veterinarians, specialist carers
and zoo keepers.
my belief in "knowledge sharing" has brought frowns from some, I believe that
our native animals can only benefit if knowledge is shared with all who seek it
- and I am committed to this belief.
International Fund for Animal Welfare is such an important animal conservation
group, not only within Australia, but the world.
am so proud and honoured to have been acknowledged for my work by IFAW - the blood,
sweat and tears have definitely been worth it.
a few thank you's. Huge thanks to Therese Black for nominating me
for this very prestigious award.
to my little helper Grace Garretty, always eager to help and willing
to learn about the care of native animals.
thanks to my husband Todd, who has dealt admirably with my wildlife
obsession! Todd has been my rock, he's been my greatest supporter and number one
lackey! And without his help I wouldn't be here today.
course, enormous thanks to The International Fund for Animal Welfare
for seeing the value in my contribution to wildlife conservation.
And last but definitely not least, massive thanks to those who have helped
and supported me along my journey, and to those who share my dream of
knowledge sharing and have helped me make Fourth Crossing Wildlife and Fauna First
Aid into what they have become today - the wildlife carers best friend.
Animal Welfare and Action Award
in Linda's local paper - the Central Western Daily