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Merri Creek Management Committee Inc.

Help make Homes for Wildlife along Merri Creek

$14,160 raised of $20,000 goal
$14,160 raised of $20,000 goal

Merri Creek Management Committee has a big job as the environmental coordinator of the Merri Creek habitat corridor.

This is why we ask you, as soeone who cares about Merri Creek, to give a tax-deductible donation to help this important work continue. Past donations have already played a vital role in helping restore Merri Creek.

HOMES FOR BIRDS AND MICROBATS ON MERRI CREEK

This year we are raising funds for a Nest Boxes for the Merri Creek project for small native birds and microbats. Naturally-formed hollows provide homes for birds, possums and microbats. Sadly these are in short supply along the lower Merri Creek. It takes about 70 years for trees to form small hollows and 100 years for large hollows. The mostly planted trees in the Merri Parklands south of the Western Ring Road won't form hollows for many decades.

But you can help. Artificial hollows such as nest boxes can support birds and bats that might otherwise not call the lower Merri their home.

We want to trial the installation of nest boxes in Merri Park, Northcote, before rolling out a bigger project. Some of the nest boxes will be suitable for small bird species, such as Striated and Spotted Pardalotes, and others for microbats. The design of the nest boxes will exclude birds like the invasive Common Mynah.

Pardolotes and microbats play an important role in the local ecology, eating large numbers of insects. In the case of the Pardolotes, this is important in helping maintain tree health.

Community volunteers will be trained to monitor the nest boxes on a regular basis using a wireless inspection camera with an extension pole. The nest boxes will be installed by a skilled arborist, located at a suitable height and location within the tree, and the trees will not be harmed.

Supporting over 40 years of effort

The local community has led efforts to bring back native plants and animals to much of the Merri Creek and to create habitat corridors along the creek and its tributaries. But much more needs to be done to provide and maintain safe and healthy habitat for birds along the length of Merri Creek.

Your donation will help in this work.

Thank you for your interest in the health of Merri Creek and its plants and wildlife - this is our precious heritage.

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2 Lee Street
BRUNSWICK EAST VIC, 3057

393808199

Are donations tax deductible?

Yes

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Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.

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