Help peck out secrets of species

Kellie BalaamNarrogin Observer
A Carnaby's Black Cockatoo.
Camera IconA Carnaby's Black Cockatoo. Credit: Georgina Steytler/Georgina Steytler

The Wagin Woodanilling Landcare Zone has called for the public’s assistance in tracking down information on black cockatoo species to aid their preservation.

In partnership with the South West Catchments Council, the WWLZ will aim to improve nesting habitat as a result of data collected from the public.

WWLZ manager Gen Harvey said there was a lack of knowledge about black cockatoo varieties in the Wheatbelt.

“We are seeking information about the species’ nesting sites. If people have seen them fly over, feeding or even resting — any sort of sighting people have — they should get in touch with WWLZ,” she said.

“There is a real shortfall of knowledge in the Wheatbelt of existing nesting sites. In the Great Southern and closer to Perth there is a fair bit of data recorded but the Carnaby’s spend a lot of time in the Wheatbelt and they actually breed down here.

“There’s not a lot of information available on exactly where they are doing it.”

Carnaby's black cockatoo.
Camera IconCarnaby's black cockatoo. Credit: John Anderson

People are encouraged to report sightings via an online survey which involves mapping out your property and answering questions relating to feeding and nesting observations.

The project’s focus is mainly on the threatened Carnaby’s black cockatoo but WWLZ is also monitoring the Baudin’s and red-tailed black cockatoos.

Ms Harvey said the data would go to Birdlife Australia.

“In the long term, it will help Birdlife Australia plan their projects to protect them, such as re-vegetation and protection projects around their nesting and feeding sites — and creating nesting tubes where the vegetation doesn’t have old enough trees for the types of hollow they require,” she said.

Ms Harvey said there were serious extinction concerns for the Carnaby’s black cockatoo.

“The Carnaby’s are severely threatened and they could become extinct in the wild within our lifetime as they are losing more habitat each year,” she said.

For more information, contact Ms Harvey on 0428 231 506.

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