Do­na­tion strictly for the birds

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Footy Finals 2015 -

SHIRLEY Ma­jors used to de­light in watch­ing more than 35 species of birds at her prop­erty in Caversham.

Since mov­ing to an apart­ment in Su­bi­aco, the for­mer pri­mary school teacher said she was lucky to see a cou­ple of willy wag­tails or mag­pies.

Ms Ma­jors re­cently do­nated $10,000 to the City of Su­bi­aco to set up a nest box pro­ject with lo­cal school­child­ren through­out Au­gust.

“I re­alised that we needed the next gen­er­a­tion to value the birds and un­der­stand that we can­not cut down these big trees that have nest­ing hol­lows,” she said.

About 240 stu­dents from Perth Mod­ern School and Jolimont, Su­bi­aco and Ros­alie pri­mary schools at­tended a wildlife pre­sen­ta­tion and two-hour work­shop to build six nest boxes per school.

“It has been great to see the schools take it on board,” Ms Ma­jors said.

“We hope that other schools get on board and it can be­come part of the reg­u­lar school en­vi­ron­ment projects.

“They are build­ing nest boxes for owls, pardalotes, mi­cro­bats and galahs. En­vi­ron­men­tal­ist Joe Tonga does a great job of teach­ing the chil­dren why it is so im­por­tant to con­serve our bird pop­u­la­tions.”

A City spokes­woman said the new nest boxes com­ple­mented 11 nest boxes that the City had in­stalled over the past four years, in­clud­ing com­mu­ni­ties of mi­cro­bats at JH Abra­hams Re­serve and the stri­ated pardalote at Ma­bel Tal­bot Re­serve.

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