Australian Bushfires

Sheilah Lee Restall begins crocheting the first row of a bird's nest. She will send the finished nest to Australia with hundreds of other crocheted, knitted, and sewn pieces to help the animals who are still alive.

“We have easily over 100 pounds at this point,” Restall says.

Restall says the Winnipeg Animal Rescue Craft Group started a couple weeks ago after they saw that Canada had started a group. There are over 180 people involved in Winnipeg, and over 10,000 in the Canadian Facebook group. She says this way of helping is different because it is personal, and people can see exactly how their donations are going to be used.

“We have been knitting and sewing and crocheting away making all these little things to help out with the recovery of these animals.”
Birds throughout Australia who have been displaced are in need of handmade nests.
Some rescues have had to stop accepting donations because of an overwhelming amount of supplies, with not enough room to store it. On the other hand, the country is also figuring out how to dispose of hundreds of thousands of animal carcasses left in the fire’s shadow.

The United States Department of Agriculture lists multiple methods for “Wildlife Carcass Disposal,” including aboveground burial, composting, and incineration. Aboveground burial is suitable in areas where people and animals won’t come in contact with the carcass. When hundreds of thousands of carcasses are lying on the surface, diseases pose a risk to overall health and safety, which impacts Australia's biosecurity.


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