Birds re­ceive good care

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion - Jess Ir­win

I HAVE been a vol­un­teer at Fly­ing High Bird Sanc­tu­ary for five years. Dur­ing this time I have seen the ded­i­ca­tion and pas­sion David and Anne (Tock­nell) have for the birds and an­i­mals at the Sanc­tu­ary. They rely heav­ily on vol­un­teers to help with the daily run­ning and main­te­nance of the fa­cil­ity. The birds are never ne­glected, and are fed on a daily ba­sis. David and Anne, who are both in their 70s, do an amaz­ing job con­sid­er­ing they are both suf­fer­ing ill health. In re­cent times, David has had a num­ber of se­ri­ous op­er­a­tions, with Anne be­ing called to Bris­bane not know­ing whether he would live or die. Dur­ing this time, all an­i­mals have been thor­oughly cared for by the vol­un­teers, main­tain­ing the daily rit­ual of feed­ing, scrub­bing food and wa­ter con­tain­ers, clean­ing ta­bles, wash­ing dishes, sweep­ing, run­ning the shop and keep­ing the sanc­tu­ary open to the public. The lawns were at one time, dur­ing David’s ill­ness, a lit­tle over­grown and un­for­tu­nately the mower had bro­ken down. The ver­min can be a prob­lem, but David and Anne spend at least $1000 a year to help elim­i­nate the prob­lem. The sanc­tu­ary has a vis­i­tors’ book that is filled in daily, with 99% of the com­ments left very pos­i­tive. In closing, I am an an­i­mal lover and can as­sure you that ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble is be­ing done by David and Anne to care for the birds and an­i­mals. I would not be there if I thought they were be­ing ne­glected.

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