When students received certificates last week as part of Albury High School’s 2022 nature-based program with the Albury Project, Ranger Dan was on hand for Parklands and pleased to receive a reward for his contribution too.
The program combined workshop and outdoor experiences as students Michael, Marco, Jackson, Oliver and Jye built nest-boxes for threatened gliders and discovered a bit about the bush along the way.
Modelled from Wodonga Men’s Shed’s latest nest-box pattern, the students constructed nine boxes over a series of Friday mornings in the school woodworking facility. Four of the boxes were donated to Parklands for use in regional parks and five will be installed in suitable trees at Albury High School.
Ranger Dan’s part was to advise on the construction project and lead a walk in Castle Creek Conservation Reserve so that the boys could see how the boxes are installed and what creatures use them. Armed with a pole camera, the group were able to get a clear view of the inside of working boxes, finding gliders, birds and even feral bees.
Next year Parklands Rangers will return to help monitor the new boxes, and take the team out to plant the native plants that will provide future food and shelter for native wildlife in our area.