have been a dedicated wildlife carer for seven years and during that time I have
learnt so much about native animals and their specialised care.
What I do with my knowledge has earned me this recognition, and I am exceptionally
proud to be standing here today.
In a nut shell, what I do is knowledge sharing.
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 lecture program.
My program recognises the fact that any person who picks up a distressed
or injured animal is a carer. It is my mission to support and educate
Through Fauna First Aid, I teach wildlife awareness, rescue and care to veterinary
nurse students, community groups and school children, starting as young as pre-schoolers.
Through Fourth Crossing Wildlife and Fauna First Aid I present 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.
Crossing Wildlife has had nearly half a million visits**
since it was created. If just one of these visits has resulting in saving just
one animal, then surely it's worth it.
Although 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.
I am incredibly proud and honoured to have been acknowledged for my work - the
blood, sweat and tears have definitely been worth it.
Just a few thank you's. Many thanks to Margie Creighton who nominated me for the
prestigious Serventy Conservation Award. Thanks to my fabulous family and wonderful
friends for their support and encouragement.
Particular thanks to my husband Todd, who has dealt admirably with my wildlife
Thanks to Digital Pacific who sponsor the hosting of Fourth Crossing Wildlife
and to the Australian Geographic Society for initial sponsorship of the Fauna
First Aid program.
Of course, many thanks to the Wildlife Preservation Society for seeing the value
in my contribution to wildlife conservation.
And huge thanks to those who share my dream and have helped me make Fourth Crossing
Wildlife and Fauna First Aid into what they have become today - the wildlife carers
Since presenting this speech I have recalculated the amount of visits to Fourth
Crossing Wildlife - and I was way off!
has actually had just under 5 million visits in the past year only!! (numbers
were never my strong point!)
is tremendous news - wildlife knowledge is being shared with all who need it -
and this is the main aim of FCW.
you would like to share your wildlife knowledge with the world please email Linda