As part of last weeks “Where the wild things are” workshop in Wongan Hills the group visited a patch of bush where they saw how successful nest boxes can be in providing habitat for our threatened black cockatoos.
The Wongan Hills Men’s Shed partnered with Wheatbelt NRM to build and install nest boxes aimed at providing an alternative to the tree hollows black cockatoos usually use.
Ongoing monitoring by the men’s shed and the local school revealed that four out of the six boxes are being used by Carnaby’s Cockatoos.
This a great outcome as not only is this threatened species declining due to the loss of old trees with nesting hollows, often they are displaced by other birds such as galahs, parrots as well as bees who compete for prime nesting spots.
We are looking for more sites to deploy additional refuges for our native species, including cockatoos and bats, as part of our work to protect the Eucalypt Woodlands of the Wheatbelt. If you are keen to provide your own native species hotel please contact us.