One out of five ain’t bad when you’re looking for squirrel gliders in nestboxes.
But considering the boxes in question have only been at Clyde Cameron Reserve in Wodonga for three months, it’s a fantastic find.
Volunteers conducted a monitoring day on Monday, ahead of a nestbox installation day in July.
Parklands Albury Wodonga ranger Shane Vanderwerf, also part of the team working on the project, said even more promising was Monday’s sighting was of a family of gliders.
“I was out at Drapers (Reserve) recently and found five families in the area with offspring – positive things are happening,” he said.
The monitoring and installation is part of a project partly funded by the Victorian Government’s Threatened Species Initiative.
Wodonga Urban Landcare Network facilitator Anne Stelling said residents could get involved in mapping the nestboxes, to create a publicly available database on the Atlas of Living Australia.
“People can contact Parklands and organise to borrow the monitoring equipment,” she said.
“It’s citizen science.”