Communities for Nature – Nestboxes for Wildlife


On 26th May 2013 Glen Johnson wrote
10 new nestboxes were installed at Frayne College on May 4 to complement the nature trail commenced in 2012. And on May 26 BLCare members (5 adults and 4 kids) enjoyed a great day amidst the fog erecting another eight new Nest Boxes in Baranduda’s Jamison Drive Gully wildlife reserve. These complement a range of older boxes originally erected in 2001-2 that are now getting towards the end of their life span. For now though, and with a little maintenance along the way, the old boxes are still providing perfect day roost homes for a range of hollow dependent arboreal mammals.  Compare and contrast the difference in the amount of eucalypt leaves in NestBox T10 from a photo taken in our 13th April monitoring to the one taken of the same nestbox some six weeks later

April 13 Nestbox T10 May 26 Nestbox T10
NBox#T10_x2SugarGlider_13April2013 NBox#T10_SugarGlider_26May2013

You’ll note a significant increase in insulating material the Sugar Gliders have brought in more recently reflecting the colder period being experienced now.

BLC wFrayne_BLCareNB#2013_14_PeterBrianSuzie_1ill be erecting new Communities for Nature funded nest boxes in or adjacent to all three of Baranduda Schools to help provide another environmental education program tool to students, parents and staff.  Please advise if you are interested in helping to put up a few – whatever we can locate adjoining BPS in the tree corridor near the Community Centre and School and link towards Stringybark Reserve) plus also there’s additional ones (6-8 or so) to put into Trinity – maybe in a few weekends time?

You can contact Glen at baranduda@wodongaurbanlandcarenetwork.org.au

Nestbox monitoring April 2012

Baranduda Landcare Nestbox Monitoring
Nest box monitoring and installation occurred on April 14 2012 in Jamison Drive gully

The nestboxes on Jamison drive were inspected and the first two boxes of the Communities for Nature (C4N) funded project were installed.
The C4N funded drill combo set purchased recently to facilitate nestbox erection was used. Photos can be accessed here

Nestbox Observations

BLC have been funded by the 25 years of Landcare initative and have acquired two cameras now – one is designed for the front opening no baffle boxes (right angle camera) and the other is mounted on a stiff but flexible cable for use in natural hollows, burrows etc – I bought a 3.6 metre pole for mounting the right angle yesterday – the cameras are on the charger and will be ready to go soon. cheers Tony
Posted by Tony Marsh at February 25. 2012

Previously Tony Marsh wrote:

BLC have been funded by the 25 years of Landcare initative and have acquired two cameras now – one is designed for the front opening no baffle boxes (right angle camera) and the other is mounted on a stiff but flexible cable for use in natural hollows, burrows etc – I bought a 3.6 metre pole for mounting the right angle yesterday – the cameras are on the charger and will be ready to go soon. cheers Tony

So I took the right angle camera out this arvo to check the boxes at my place and bing o the first box I checked had a ringtail possum in it. This box has had a range of fauna use it over the years including eastern rosellas and brush tail poossums.

I checked two more boxes that showed strong evidence of use by gliding possums (free nest of green leaves). As I wandered past a bat box I noticed something furry slightly protruding from the entry slot. I touched it with the pole camera and it moved!

So I rushed off to get the ladder to climb up and undo the latch. Then I descended the ladder and grabbed the pole top camera – and this is what I found!


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Posted by Tony Marsh at February 26. 2012

Today (Sun Feb 26) I tried out the second camera which is not mounted on a pole but has a very bendy flexible cable connecting it to the hand held power / monitor unit. This camera fits nicely unto the slot at the bottom of the bat boxes so it will be possible for a tall person to reach up enough to poke the camera into the slot (that counts me out obviously!)

I also tested it in a couple of pardalote boxes and this camera fits snugly into the opening – but once again requires a ladder in my case to get close enough. So this just leaves the side entry mammal boxes to test with the flix camera.

Tony
Posted by Tony Marsh at April 14. 2012

Today we had the first nestbox check for 2012 – a total of 19 people attended! this was designed to showcase our new poletop camera equipment. We started by having a good look at the maps and photos of the nestbox deployment and previous observations. We then had a quick demo of the tree popper recently acquired by the Kiewa Catchment Landcare Group as well as the semi automated tree planting equipment. We then moved down to the Yackandandah road and spent some time inspecting the post burnoff recovery of the roadside vegetation before inspecting nestboxes and moving up the Jamison Drive gully checking nestboxes as we went.

You can view photos of the day here

http://northeast.landcarevic.net.au/baranduda/album/nestoxes-monitoring/april-14-2012-nestbox/
Posted by Tony Marsh at May 20. 2012

Sunday May 20 was the second nestbox check for 2012 and was conducted in the vicinity of Ellen McDonald Drive – boxes were checked in the WREN reserve that runs parallel with and west of this road and along the roadsides on the northern side of John Schubert Drive as well as the western side of the Kiewa Valley highway opposite the Valley Views estate. About 18 nestbox locations were visited – three boxes were missing and two had fallen off the trees they were attached to. All the boxes checked showed evidence of usage by arboreal mammals. One box had a pair of squirrel gliders. These observations reinforced the need for a regular maintenance program so that repairs and replacement operations can be carried out. You can view the album of photos of the day including an overview of the nestboxes monitored on the BLC website here

http://northeast.landcarevic.net.au/baranduda/album/nest-box-monitoring-2-2012/

Interesting observations made on the day include

Sections of ironbark and forest redgum reveg about 20 years old with virtually total suppression of exotic grasses
A jackie winter on the fence line
Natural regeneration of grevillea, rock fern, daisies and hop bush on the eastern end northern side of JS drive
High quality remnant roadside vegetation on the western side of the KV Highway opposite Valley Views
An unknown plant species to be observed to determine if its friend or foe
Hand removal of at least 50 Cootamundra wattle seedlings
Successful treatment of blackberry infestation by PAW
Another blackberry infestation needs treatment in the area east of existing treated infestation

Attendance down dramatically on previous month – probably just too many things on that weekend.