Thursday, 11 February 2016
When you find out a school has a resident population of Forest Red-tailed Black Cockatoos, and a 'peace garden' composed of native vegetation, you know the students are probably well ahead in terms of environmental education! It was a pleasure to work with Orange Grove Primary today for another workshop which focused on building cockatoo boxes to hopefully encourage breeding in the resident red-tails.
After a presentation to the whole school at their morning, assembly we began construction with students from the Year 5 class, who assembled 3 cockatoo boxes. These were installed in some fantastic tall eucalypts around the school, including a giant Rose Gum (Eucalyptus grandis) at the edge of the oval, as well as some beautiful native Marri (Corymbia calophylla) trees at the front of the school.
This project was funded by the local building company Boral, and coordinated by Conservation Volunteers Australia (thanks so much to Katie for all her hard work in organising the day!).
Saturday, 16 January 2016
Today a group of keen bird-boxers gathered at Hollis Park in the City of Fremantle to build some nest boxes for local parrot species (especially Australian Ringnecks, and hopefully not invasive Rainbow Lorikeets!). This former landfill site has seen a great deal of restoration works in the form of planting and rehabilitation by the local Friends of Hollis Park. The weather was very warm but a nice shady spot beneath some trees helped us brave the heat and humidity! We made 6 parrot boxes in total, with 3 being installed in Hollis Park and 3 at the nearby Clontarf Hill.
If anyone would like to provide feedback or observations of fauna seen inspecting the boxes, please post your comments below.