Summertime speeds by rapidly every season. This year, why not make the most of it? If you’re lucky enough to call Australia home, you have the opportunity to observe all it has to offer. You’re surrounded by a unique biodiversity just waiting to be explored.
So let’s spend this summer spotting Australia’s amazing animals in their natural habitat. Make it a summer of discovery- the more you learn about your environment; the more open you are to protecting what makes it great!
Here are a few tips to get you started:
1. It’s not every day you see a kangaroo or wombat join you in the carpool lane, but keep your eyes peeled! At dusk or early morning, these sneaky little critters can pop up alongside you waiting for a ride. Okay, maybe they aren’t exactly hitchhiking; these wandering animals are on the hunt for food and water. But watch out! They may dart across the road in front of you at a moment’s notice. Use caution, as these wild but adorable beasts have been known to take out three cars and plod away with a snort. True story!
2. Nighttime in the Australian bush is a wonderful time to spot animals, as the summer days are, hot, hot, HOT! Many animals are nocturnal and only creep out of their hiding spots after the sun goes down, to feed. Grab your parents, apply some aerogard, get your flashlight and go for a stroll. Use your flashlight to play hide-and-seek with the animals hiding in the trees! The light will reflect back from the eyes of animals such as possums and spiders.
3. I’m going to have to put it out there- literally. When you’re on the hunt for wildlife, assign someone to command poo-patrol. These pesky little poop pellets are a sure sign an animal is near. Funnily enough, these animal droppings may not always originate from the ground; especially if you’re in the Otways. Peep the trees above as you may spot a sleeping Koala and can place the pellets with the owner.
4. Land is not the only place to spot wildlife. If you are near the ocean, keep an eye out for rock pools. These unique habitats are home to starfish, crabs and several types of sea anemones. Don’t be shy! Stop and have a look!
5. Camping? Bring some comfortable shoes and head away from the crowds. Most animals prefer to hang out away from human activity, as the noise makes them uncomfortable. Be patient; just because you can’t see them, doesn’t mean they can’t see you! But remember, unless you’re happy to donate all your food to the surrounding wildlife, pack up all your edibles around the campsite before you go to sleep. Human food isn’t good for animals so NEVER feed wildlife.
I hope this advice helps you spot some of the beautiful wildlife that call Australia home! Remember to always be cautious on your excursions. While these animals are cute, don’t get to close. Respect their space, and they will respect yours. Happy viewing!