<ul><li>When completing the refurbishment of the Banksia Beach mobile installation (Bribie Island, Queensland), Don Aitchison and his Telstra team came up against an environmental challenge they weren’t expecting. </li></ul><ul><li>To complete their task of replacing antenna cable connectors at the mobile installation they first had to negotiate an osprey nest built on top of the feeder exit. </li></ul>
<ul><li>When the nest was first spotted it housed three eggs. </li></ul><ul><li>Under the guidance of Ann Biasol, from Queensland Park and Wildlife Services (QPWS), the planned work was postponed for 16 weeks to allow the eggs to hatch and chicks to fly the nest. </li></ul>
<ul><li>After the 16 weeks the team returned to site to complete the project. They were keen to install their recycled, eco-friendly osprey home made from a recovered 1.8m grid dish antenna. </li></ul><ul><li>Once again Ann from QPWS was on site to provide guidance. Under her supervision the team inspected the nest and found it was active with healthy chicks, who flew the nest as soon as it was approached. </li></ul>
Given the all clear to proceed from Ann, the nest was recovered, the pole cleaned down and the new roost installed by Radio Lineman Phil Leonard.
While the team took a break for lunch, Mum and the chicks returned and the family soon settled into their new home.
“ Telstra has continuously liaised and worked co-operatively with the QPW/EPA to replace the osprey nest with a successful outcome.” – Ann Biasol, Wildlife Ranger, Southern Region, Queensland Parks and Wildlife
An award winning team: (l-r) Mal Preston, Ray Lane, Phil Leonard, Ann Biasol (QPWS), Jason Poon and Andrew Paroz
2008 In August 2008, this team was awarded the Queensland Environmental Award for their Project Management of the Banksia Beach Modulation
Other feathered and furry friends like to make themselves at home in our towers also…
Wildlife making Telstra towers “Home Tweet Home” THE END CREDITS: Many thanks to Steve Burke for sharing the Banksia Beach Modulation story and photographs and to Chris Hicks for the other feathered and furry critters photographs