Birds of a Feather
Djerriwarrh Health & Rockbank Primary School
Bernadette Duffy, Health Promotion Officer of Djerriwarrh Health Services (DJHS) invited MEG to join DJHS in their project, “Birds of a Feather” which supports Rockbank Primary School and the broader Rockbank community. This project was also awarded a City of Melton World Environment Day Grant of $2000.
MEG took delivery of five nest boxes from Stan Bell of Ballan. The boxes are designed for Pardalotes, Owlet Nightjars & Rosellas. These nest boxes were handed to Rockbank Primary School for the students to paint. The decorated boxes will become tributes to the students who paint them. The project will hopefully give the school children a sense of pride and ownership in their own local natural environment. These will not only be habitat for wildlife but examples of community art.
Decorating nest boxes in this manner may be unique to Melton as elsewhere they are all painted in neutral camouflage colours. Homes for wildlife as well as an art installation!
“Rockbank Primary School and the wider community have been very busy on a number of activities as part of the ‘Birds of a Feather’ project. They have been decorating nest boxes that were provided by the Melton Environment Group, creating bird mosaics for a rockery, creating a larger wall mosaic for the school’s 150th celebrations and researching birds that regularly visit the local area. Visit facebook.com/healthpromotionatdjhs to find out more about what has been happening in the Birds of a Feather project in Rockbank and to see the students’ discoveries about local birds. We also invite you to come along to Rockbank Primary School on November 17 to celebrate the school’s momentous milestone and to see the amazing student and community art work highlighting local birdlife.”
The large blue Parrot box was given to the school to place above their mosaic & rockery. Many thanks to Bernadette Duffy of Djerriwarrh Health Services & the students of Rockbank Primary School.