Partnerships of purpose: nest box success

What do phascogales, yellow-footed antechinuses, and squirrel gliders have in common? They’re all calling nest boxes installed in Minyumai Indigenous Protected Area in NSW’s Northern Rivers their new homes.

Squirrel glider (Petaurus norfolcensis) in a nest box.

In a collaboration between the Saving our Species program, WWF-Australia and Wildbnb Wildlife Habitat, the new nest boxes are providing much-needed hollow habitat. Several species still facing the ongoing impacts of the 2019–20 bushfires have been spotted nest-making in the boxes, with some even showing signs of preparation for breeding.

Monitoring is conducted by National Parks and Wildlife Service, Saving our Species threatened species experts, students from Southern Cross University and indigenous protected area rangers, who have had the pleasure of capturing some sweet snaps.

The nest boxes are made by Wildbnb, based in Mullumbimby and Murwillumbah, from locally grown hoop pine ply and protected by Australian-made, non-toxic, zero volatile organic compound finishes. No wonder these cuties want to make them their homes!