Squirrel Glider Urban Nest Box Project 2015 – Thurgoona & Splitters Creek

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The ‘Squirrel Glider Urban Nest Box Project – Thurgoona & Splitters Creek’ was a new project rolled out in 2015 by the Albury Conservation Company.

The aim of the project was to construct and install 100 nest boxes in known Squirrel Glider habitat in the more built up areas of Thurgoona and Splitters Creek, on the outskirts of Albury NSW. These specially designed nest boxes will hopefully compliment tree hollows, the preferred but scarce habitat of Squirrel Gliders.

The program was fully subscribed with all boxes being allocated and installed by August 2015.

Participation in the program was FREE for approved applications.

The project had the following steps:

  1. Fill out a ‘Background and Expression of Interest Form’ – copies were obtained by downloading it from this site (see link below), or picking up a hard copy from the Thurgoona Newsagency or Thurgoona Community Centre.
  2. Refer to the priority zone maps for Thurgoona and Splitters Creek in relation to your property (link to maps found below)
  3. Return your completed ‘Background and Expression of Interest Form’ to Albury Conservation Company (attention Sam Niedra):

Background and Expression of Interest Form
Map of Thurgoona – priority zones
Map of Splitters Creek – priority zones 
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Tips for observing your Squirrel Glider nest box

The priority zone maps were a guide so that we avoiding giving away nest boxes to sites that are unlikely to contain Squirrel Gliders. However, if someone was uncertain whether their property was eligible we still encouraged them to submit, confident that we could provide a quick answer.

This project was gratefully funded by the NSW Government’s Environmental Trust via a Great Eastern Ranges Initiative (GER) grant received by the Slopes to Summit (S2S) partnership.

The project relied on two incredibly valuable partners:

  • Thurgoona Men’s Shed – up to 15 members worked incredibly hard to design, test, and construct the 100 nest boxes. In the process they developed some innovative ideas that hopefully improve future nest box construction. These include a customised bracket to attached the box to the tree and making it much lighter and easier to install. They also developed a rubber baffle to deter Indian Mynas but still allow ease of access by a pole mounted camera operated from the ground.
  • Parklands Albury Wodonga – Tim Alexander (Ranger) and his small team of staff and volunteers installed all the boxes, took GPS locations, photos, and site information. They did this without incident reflecting their close attention to safe practices when working at heights, including the use of two operators, two ladders, and harnesses.

Whilst this phase of the project is now complete, Albury Conservation Company will continue to support the 2015 participants and seek further opportunities to continue and expand on the successes of the project.

Have you ever seen a Squirrel Glider in full flight? Not many people have, so if you have consider yourself very lucky! If you are yet to in real life, you can check out this footage in the meantime.

Thurgoona Mens Shed - Squirrel Glider Urban Nest Box Project 2015

 

 

Squirrel Gliders in a nest box at Trinity College Thurgoona (Scott Melgaard, 2011)

Squirrel Gliders in a nest box at Trinity College Thurgoona (Scott Melgaard, 2011)

 

A pair of Squirrel Gliders in a Thurgoona nest box (Isabel Brom, 2011)

A pair of Squirrel Gliders in a Thurgoona nest box (Isabel Brom, 2011)

 

Squirrel Glider launching off a dead Eucalyptus tree (Alex Bonazzi, 2009)

Squirrel Glider launching off a dead Eucalyptus tree (Alex Bonazzi, 2009)

Thurgoona Men's Shed - Squirrel Glider Urban Nest Box Project 2015

Squirrel Glider nest of gum leaves in Thurgoona (Isabel Brom, 2011)

Squirrel Glider nest of gum leaves in Thurgoona (Isabel Brom, 2011)

Thurgoona Mens Shed - Squirrel Glider Urban Nest Box Project 2015 PROJECT SPONSORS: 

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PROJECT PARTNERS:

 

– THURGOONA MEN’S SHED

– PARKLANDS ALBURY WODONGA