If you missed having a Porky and Buddy column last week, we are sorry.
But, we have a good excuse. Guess where we are?
Australia! Yup. It’s a field trip for us to learn all about Australia’s many unique animals.
So far, we’ve seen kookaburra birds, fed kangaroos, held koalas (which are plump and sleepy, not much like a stuffed animal at all, but very cute), ducked to avoid a barn owl flying over our heads, heard tree frogs (which sound just like our peepers in Oswego), heard Sulphur Crested Cockatoos screeching in huge flocks, and saw Dingos in a sanctuary.
Dingos, which are believed to have come to Australia about 5,000 years ago with Polynesian traders, are an important part of Aboriginal culture and folklore.
They are closely related to domestic dogs, but genetically distinct.
When Europeans arrived in the 1700s with cattle and sheep, which the Dingos were very adept at hunting, there began a long era of persecution and attempted eradication (not that different from the way American settlers treated wolves.)
Now though, Dingos are being recognized and appreciated for their ability to control populations of feral foxes and cats, two serious threats to native Australian species everywhere.
They are fascinating creatures, because they are so much like domestic dogs and also so different.
You won’t be surprised to learn that Australia struggles with issues of species extinction, invasive plants and animals, and human development encroaching on and destroying important wildlife habitats.
Just like home.
You can read more about these issues and the important work being done by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy at www.australianwildlife.org.
One of the best things about traveling is that it really teaches us how much we are all in this together.
Are you ready for spring?
Oliver Paine Greenhouses is holding its annual Spring Plant Fundraiser weekend on May 19 and 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the greenhouses, at 125 South Granby Road in Fulton.
15% of you plant purchases will be donated to the Humane Society. You need to download the form on our website to take with you.
It’s a great greenhouse with a huge selection of annuals and perennials to get ready for summer (which is finally here . . . we hope.)
The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.
Located at 29 W. Seneca St., Oswego, NY.
Email: [email protected]
Because People and Pets Are Good for Each Other.