by Danielle Wagner
WATERLOO (KWWL) Sixth grade students at Blessed Sacrament school in Waterloo were hard at work on a Saturday morning.
The students helped build these squirrel houses for the Black Hawk County Wildlife Rehab Project.
"We're building squirrel houses for the squirrels because they are in need of a shelter and we thought it would be very good to do this," said student Mikal Ludolph.
Black Hawk Wildlife rehabs orphaned and injured animals, including many squirrels.
Once the squirrels are able to live on their own, the wooden houses go with them to rehab sites.
"We rehab the squirrels, we release them and we want the squirrels to have a little home to come back to. A lot of time they'll use them as nesting boxes. So we'll put them in the release sites where we release squirrels so the squirrels have a place to call home," said Vania Warns.
Warns said loss of habitat is a main reason animals end up with Black Hawk Wildlife Rehab.
"We get a lot of wildlife in because of destruction of habitat. This year already tons of trees are being cut down. There's just not many places to go anymore," said Warns.
During the work session, the students constructed ten squirrel houses. Mikal Ludolph built one with his step dad.
"I think it's nice to get out and do things for the environment because it's not just sitting home doing something without any cause. This is something the squirrels need," said Ludolph.
Thanks to the sixth graders, squirrels have a new place to call "home" after rehabilitation.
Reporter: Danielle Wagner