Karma Kinglake has an abundance of wildlife in the garden and its surrounds. Karen and Macca registered with Wildlife Victoria soon after the 2009 Victorian bushfires as volunteers for wildlife conservation, using their land as a feeding ground for native animals. They have re-homed ringtail possums who had been injured or displaced due to the fires and they participated in bird surveys to help Wildlife Victoria estimate the surviving populations.
The bird life is showing signs of a return to it's former glory with regular appearances of little birds like scarlet robins and fairy wrens, to Rosellas, King Parrots, Sulphur-crested and Gang-gang Cockatoos, Currawongs and Magpies. Owls have come back, as have Tawny Frogmouths, and there are now several local pairs of Wedgetail Eagles that are often seen soaring above the township. Lyerbirds are a regular siting around town and they can be heard in glorious surround sound from the grounds at Karma Kinglake.
Karen and Macca have continued to encourage and support the local wildlife, providing a much needed resource and respite to animals re-establishing in heavily burnt areas. An extensive planting schedule has been on the go since late the fires with a focus on local native species as well as a variety of other native plants providing shelter and food for wildlife. Thanks to their efforts Karma Kinglake is once again a haven for local wildlife and now receives regular visits from kangaroos, possums, antechinus, wombats and birds demonstrating that the forest is continuing to recover.
Karma Kinglake has many field guides and books on "critter spotting" for any nature enthused guests, and bird watching can provide a great "in-house" activity for families. Healesville Sanctuary is also a short trip away and can educate and entertain with up close encounters and interactive wildlife displays.