Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) and Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre will rehabilitate degraded land in Beelu National Park, 40km east of Perth. Teams of volunteers will restore critical habitat by removing weeds and planting local native seedlings to provide a valuable food source for the endangered Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo and the vulnerable Forest Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo as well as important roosting and nesting locations, and help with long-term species sustainability.
The endangered Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo and vulnerable Forest Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo face an uncertain future; urban development and historical land clearing has dramatically diminished critical habitat. This is compounded by the impacts of a changing climate and Phytophthora Dieback which is threatening native flora communities. We will help the cockatoos by removing invasive weeds and planting native seedlings to provide a valuable source of food as well as roosting sites.
By restoring critical habitat, the project will provide an important food source for the birds and, when the trees mature, will also provide vital roosting and nesting sites. The Perth Hills region is one of the last remaining urban habitats for the cockatoos. It is severely degraded and under pressure - it is vital that this area is protected. The cockatoos are an important component of the South West ecosystem and are a prime source of spreading native seeds through the bush to germinate.
This project will develop an important corridor of critical habitat for the endangered cockatoos and help with their recovery. This work will complement other restoration projects happening in the region to covert degraded farm land into wildlife corridors. By providing corridors of critical habitat it enables the cockatoos to spread into new regions. The cockatoos have an important role as part of the ecosystem - this project will help create a sustainable future for them.