There was a man
up a tree in the garden today.
By trade an arborist,
today he was working in the housing sector.
The native animal housing sector that is:
and possum palaces
The local Environmental Work Engine
has 250 nest boxes to install.
These will go a little way to replacing
some of the tree hollows and natural nesting spots
destroyed in the 2009 bush fires.
This is just a sample of the different boxes
designed for the housing needs
of the various mammals and birds.
They come with an information sheet
about monitoring the boxes,
with instructions on what to do
if non-native squatters move in.
There are even phone numbers
of people to contact to assist with the eviction
of unwanted tenants such as
the introduced indian myna bird,
or wasps or bees if
I am unable to do it myself.
And...even a little book about the birds
indigenous to this particular little part of the world.