St. Michael's Nowra had a visit from the Nowra Men's Shed who built a Nesting Box for the school grounds with the hope of attracting endangered Powerful Owls or Black Cockatoos into the school. The nesting box will be located in the Black Cockatoo Garden with the Year 6 Aboriginal student leaders being involved in the project.
There are a large number of Australian native animals, particularly birds and mammals that need to use tree hollows for shelter, or to breed. There are about 114 bird species, and about 83 mammal species that require tree hollows either for shelter and or to breed. The Shoalhaven region has lost a large number of mature trees that have hollows due to the 2019/20 bushfires.
Without tree hollows, those birds that only use hollows to nest, simply won’t breed. Bird and mammal species that need tree hollows to sleep by day or night such as gliders, owls, and many possum species, risk being taken by predators, succumbing to the cold during the winter months, or perishing in search of a tree hollow in someone else’s territory.
The grant for the Nest Box is through The Jane Goodall Foundation.