Nest box monitoring in Central Queensland

In 2022 Biodiverse Environmental ecologists and arborists monitored over 120 nest boxes installed within important ecological areas in Central Queensland. The monitoring process involved collecting data on fauna using the nest boxes including target native species and non-target/introduced species, using rectification procedures for introduced species, assessing the condition of the nest boxes, and performing any maintenance required. The nest box activity monitoring was conducted using visual and pole mounted camera inspection.

Native fauna observed in the nest boxes

Native fauna observed during the nest box monitoring included multiple Sugar Gliders (Petaurus breviceps), Squirrel Gliders (Petaurus norfolcensis), Brushtail Possums (Trichosurus vulpecula), and Common Green Tree Frogs (Litoria caerulea).

Introduced fauna observed in nest boxes

Introduced fauna observed included Indian Myna eggs (Aecridotheres tristis) and European Honey Bees (Apis mellifera). As Indian Mynas are an invasive species, the eggs found while conducting the monitoring were removed from the nest boxes. Native predators are not removed from boxes unless they are endangering a threatened fauna species.