Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Calling for Small Tenants

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Calling for Small Tenants

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Byline: Cathryn McLauchlan cathryn.mclauchlan@northernstar.com.au

ONE Wollongbar man has taken the decline of kookaburras into his own hands by installing a nesting box in a tree near his home.

In their spare time, Jakob Pfaeffli and his wife love to play their part in protecting the laughing kookaburra.

"We had a box in our backyard in Lismore and we raised about 15 kookaburras over 10 years or so," Mr Pfaeffli said.

"It's good fun to watch them."

Mr Pfaeffli hopes to see kookaburra numbers improve.

"Kookaburras are in decline ... they've declined about 40% along the east coast and they think it's because of habitat loss," he said.

"This was a green paddock five years ago ... they nest in hollow logs in trees so if you cut down trees there's less and less chance for them to do it."

Mr Pfaeffli and Tree Lopper Pete Bedford installed the nesting box on Wednesday with the aim of attracting a kookaburra pair.

"I think they'll be onto it pretty quick," Mr Pfaeffli said. …

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