An exciting opportunity to undertake a Coordinated Fox Baiting program across 12 local government areas in the Upper Great Southern was announced at the end of June.

The Red-tailed phascogale

The Red-tailed phascogale

Katanning Landcare, through a grant from Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife, in partnership with Greening Australia, and through our successful crowdfunding campaign last year have been able to assemble around 40 new red-tailed phascogale nesting boxes.

The boxes are cleverly crafted here in Katanning by Squibb Carpentry and Cabinetry to be flat-pack design, making them quick and easy to assemble! The boxes have been put together by volunteers at the National Tree Day, and by Katanning Carnaby Girl Guides, and the Katanning Senior High School Bush Rangers, and the Badgebup Aboriginal Corporation.

Flat Pack Boxes ready to assemble

Flat Pack Boxes ready to assemble

Volunteers at National Tree Day

Volunteers at National Tree Day

Volunteers at National Tree Day

Volunteers at National Tree Day

KSHS Bush Rangers hard at work

KSHS Bush Rangers hard at work

KSHS Bush Rangers hard at work

KSHS Bush Rangers hard at work

KSHS Bush Rangers hard at work

KSHS Bush Rangers hard at work

Daddy-Daughter event at Katanning Carbany's Girl Guides

Daddy-Daughter event at Katanning Carbany’s Girl Guides

Daddy-Daughter event at Katanning Carbany's Girl Guides

Daddy-Daughter event at Katanning Carbany’s Girl Guides

Some of the finished boxes waiting for paint to dry

Some of the finished boxes waiting for paint to dry

These boxes will be distributed to various sites around Katanning, and monitored by cameras and volunteers, with the results added to the growing database of known nesting sites.

We hope this work will help us preserve and grow the population of red-tailed phascogales by providing essential nesting spaced during the reproductive cycle when red-tailed phascogale mums are busy tending their babies in spring through to early summer.

To learn more about the red-tailed phascogale, check out these informative websites: