The landscapes of the Coolamon area have been extensively cleared and modified over the last 200 years for urban and agricultural needs. This is the time it takes to create homes (hollows) for medium-sized animals like parrots.
New South Wales counts at least 46 mammals, 81 birds, 31 reptiles and 16 frogs that rely on hollows to live. The loss of hollow-bearing trees has been identified as a key threatening process for 40 species listed as vulnerable or endangered. These include owls, parrots, cockatoos and mammals that live in our area.
In collaboration with the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust, 2 nesting boxes have been
donated by Murrumbidgee Landcare Inc to be installed in Coolamon. The Habitech boxes have a modular, durable design based on bio-mimicry – imitating natural hollows’ features with suitable humidity and temperature levels. One box is suitable for parrots and the second for kookaburras.
Our two boxes were installed by ecologist Carl Tippler from Habitat Innovation (creators of Habitech) adjacent to Kindra State Forest, an essential remnant of native vegetation. Students from Coolamon Central School attended the installation and had a Q&A session with Carl.