Conservation Volunteers Australia

Conservation Volunteers has partnered with individuals, businesses and governments in the conservation of our unique environment since 1982. In that time we have welcomed hundreds of thousands of volunteers from around Australia and across the world and supported their participation in a diversity of important projects to protect and enhance our environment. Our Vision We believe in a healthy and sustainable environment, and for everyone to be involved in managing and protecting that environment. Our Mission To attract and manage volunteers to participate in projects that protect or enhance our environment and heritage. Our Objectives 1. A healthy, diverse and sustainably managed envir...
Jul 10, 2015

Let the Cackling and Screeching Continue!

Student Volunteers enjoying "Cockie Love
Student Volunteers enjoying "Cockie Love'

Dear Friends in Conservation,

Over the last three months, teams from Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) have been donating their time and efforts, with your support, at Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre.  Kaarakin was established in 2007 and is situated on 40 acres of bush land in Martin, in the Perth Foothills.   The centre is dedicated to the preservation of the black cockatoo and also to other native endangered Australian fauna. Projects at Kaarakin focus on the rescue, rehabilitation and if possible, the release of the threatened Forest Red-tail, and the endangered Carnaby's Black Cockatoos. The site is quite unique, being only 40 minutes from the centre of Perth, surrounded by Banyowla Conservation Park with excellent views over the coastal plain.

The three key elements of this project are the rescue and rehabilitation of injured cockatoos across the Swan Coastal Plain; the captive “Breed for Release” program; and habitat restoration projects on old cleared farmland situated on either side of the Kaarakin property. The project offers participation from the community across the site, and is creating vital awareness of the plight of not only the black cockatoos, but wider environmental issues across the planet.

It’s been a busy three months, and we have been delighted to welcome more than 127 volunteers at Kaarakin, including some unemployed individual and students from various schools.  Luisa Wing, State Manager for Conservation Volunteers in Western Australia, said, “It’s fantastic that so many volunteers are prepared to commit their time to help, matching the support made by our very generous donors! Together, we’re making real progress to help these beautiful birds – thank you to everyone who has contributed time and money to help so far.” The teams have removed an astounding 1,740m2 of invasive weeds, planted 171 native seedlings and maintained 80m of trail.  The teams have also been nursing the new seedlings through this dry period, with regular watering sessions, and have continued to undertake green stock maintenance on the existing native vegetation.  There has also been heavy involvement by volunteers in the maintenance of the kangaroo enclosure. All of these individual elements contribute to the long term plans to help increase the cockatoo’s habitat for the future.

Kaarakin environmental officer, Jill Stryk said, “I want to thank CVA for all your support for the past twelve months, for providing volunteers who have helped with the revegetation works both at the Turner Road site (mammoth effort) and revegetation/ground works at the Kaarakin site. Their help has been much appreciated.”

CVA, in turn, would like to thank our supporters.  Without your support, CVA wouldn’t be able to make a difference to this important cause.  If you are able to donate again we would really appreciate it (one great day to do this will be July 15th when Global Giving will provide a 30% match for donation, up to $1,000 per donor made on-line through Global Giving beginning at 9.00am until available funds are spent) – every donation will help us to continue achieving these great conservation results and give these beautiful birds a better chance at coming back from the brink of extinction. 

On behalf of the cockatoo’s whose cackles can be heard from these sites, thank you for your generous and ‘future proofing’ support.

Volunteers maintaining Kaarakin Centre
Volunteers maintaining Kaarakin Centre
Thanks everyone!
Thanks everyone!
Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre
Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre
Mmmm - Tasty Hair!
Mmmm - Tasty Hair!
Our Student Volunteers
Our Student Volunteers

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Jul 7, 2015

Anticipation Grows for 'Devilish' Activities

Devil Kiss
Devil Kiss

Dear Friends in Conservation,

The Tasmanian Devil has a reputation as a fierce marsupial with a bad temper and the ability to completely devour its prey - bones and all.   It might be this reputation that has enabled the Tasmanian Devil to survive the attempted eradication of its species in the 1830’s, unlike the unfortunate Tasmanian Tiger. Although proven survivors in the past, the Devil Facial Tumor Disease is proving to be detrimental to this species, with a devastating population decline of up to 95% in some areas of Tasmania. Thankfully though, we are no longer in the 1830’s and there have been a number of successful programs undertaken to see the protection of this unique and endearing species.

We are very pleased to share the exciting achievements of our volunteer teams, who  have been utilising our wonderful supporters’ donations to complete the construction of a ‘retirement village’ for the aging healthy Tasmanian Devils who have been instrumental in contributing towards the increase in their population through ‘selfless participation’ in breeding programs.

This impressively large enclosure can be seen from’ Kangaroo Country’ within the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.  This ‘distinctive’ retirement village is structured to house up to twenty five retiree Devils in three separate pens, which include all the ‘creature comforts’ a Devil needs;  dens, mounds, native vegetation and most of all - a safe and happy haven for the rest of their days, protected from potentially contagious devils. Steven Joyce, a Team Leader of the program said, “This project has been great for international and local volunteers - to be able to be contribute towards helping this iconic species is something people find really special; which is all thanks to our generous supporters so far in this project.”

The village, which has utilised in its construction both recycled and donated materials, is currently undertaking an all-important paint job, to ensure it remains protected from the elements.  Volunteers have spent the last couple of months painting the multi-coloured roofing iron a natural grey tone, the second last step before the elders will be released. Irrigation will be the final task that will see the ‘retirement village’ completed and open for ‘devilish business’.

We are extremely grateful for all our supporters for making our work possible and we currently seek financial donations that will assist in the purchase and installation of this vital and final step for the ‘Taking Care of the Elders’ Program.   If you would like to support our project again, one great day to do this will be July 15th when Global Giving will provide a 30% match for donation (up to $1,000 per donor) made on-line through Global Giving beginning at 9.00am until available funds are spent. 

On behalf of the Tasmanian Devils, thank you for your generous and life saving support.

Hi Ho - A Painting We Will Go!
Hi Ho - A Painting We Will Go!
Opening Soon - A retirement Village with a View
Opening Soon - A retirement Village with a View
"Is there room for me please Sir?"
"Is there room for me please Sir?"
"This ground is hard!" - Staking New Seedlings
"This ground is hard!" - Staking New Seedlings

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Jun 29, 2015

Marginal to Mainstream - Give Hope to our Wombats!

The word is out!
The word is out!

We are in the midst of a flurry of exciting and essential construction activities, as volunteers work together to erect the new exclosure fencing (an area from which unwanted animals are excluded!) as part of the ‘Marginal to Mainstream’ program.  As this program gains momentum, we are in the process of trialling different methods for the re-establishing of vital native grasses, crucial to native wildlife, and in particular our little friend the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat.

What’s really exciting is the duplication of this exclosure is also being constructed on our neighbouring property Moorunde, owned by the Natural History Society of South Australia. This property is also being preserved for the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat and its habitat - so we are overjoyed that we are working in partnership on this critical project.

Dr Elisa Sparrow is working with Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) to deliver this project on both sanctuaries for the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat, and has been tremendously impressed with the progress of the project, “Working with volunteers from CVA, who are so passionate about what they are doing - is inspiring. This is hard work; digging holes in pure limestone to put the fence in, but nothing seems to faze these guys! They have a drive to support this special animal, so it seems there is no stopping them!”

Word is out about this trial at Brookfield, and we have had interest from the media, wanting to pass on the details to their listeners. To have Global Giving supporters providing these opportunities is essential to attracting additional support from other areas. And of course, the ultimate winners are the Wombats, and they give everyone a big ‘two paws up!’ 

Pure Limestone ... No Match For Us!
Pure Limestone ... No Match For Us!
Exclosure Fencing - Tick!
Exclosure Fencing - Tick!
Love your work CVA..Thanks.
Love your work CVA..Thanks.

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