The Banyule Sugar Glider Project
Sugar gliders will help us protect our disappearing wildlife corridors
Suggested by: Jane
Project partner: Montmorency Community Group
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Wildlife corridors are critical for the native fauna to survive and thrive, yet due to urban pressures many are disappearing unnoticed. Sugar gliders are a keystone species that will help us map remaining wildlife corridors. This project records glider occupancy in specially designed, strategically placed nesting boxes. The boxes will be made by the local men’s shed and professionally installed in reserves, schools and gardens. Trained residents will check their occupancy regularly and document the findings. Findings will inform a corridor strategy for the Banyule area that Banyule Council and conservation groups can use to protect, maintain and enhance corridors.
Sugar gilders need help. With increasing urban development, the unseen corridors they live and travel in are disappearing. This project invites residents to become stewards for wild life. They can join a monitoring group or host a 'nest box' tree home for gliders in their garden. There are 300 new nest boxes to be placed. Imagine seeing sugar gilders emerge from their home at dusk, gliding past you to their supper.
Monitors will connect with like-minded others in a biannual audit of gliders in boxes. Furthermore, they will know that their findings will help inform a dynamic corridor development strategy.