FAWNA (NSW) and its wildlife rescue and care volunteer members operating over 18,000sqkm on the NSW Mid North Coast region have seen the worst three years for wildlife during its 32 years of operations.
The 2020/2021 year saw 4182 native animals in trouble reported to FAWNA.
Drought and starvation events followed by heat events and catastrophic wildfires in 2019 and 2020 decimated wildlife populations and depleted their food resources and refugia to an unsustainable level for some species. The floods of 2021 further exacerbated climate-caused harm to wildlife.
These severe climate events, occurring at increasing regularity, take a terrible toll on wildlife populations and are clearly driven by changing weather patterns with more frequent and intense storms, fires, droughts and floods.
With predicted human population growth it is vital that actions are taken to reduce the decimation to our wildlife populations by these changing climate patterns and habitat alteration.
All arms of government must take positive action now to mitigate harm to our unique wildlife and the natural environment caused by climate change.