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Carnaby's and Red-tailed Black Cockatoo Project

by Conservation Volunteers Australia
Carnaby's and Red-tailed Black Cockatoo Project
Carnaby's and Red-tailed Black Cockatoo Project
Carnaby's and Red-tailed Black Cockatoo Project
Carnaby's and Red-tailed Black Cockatoo Project
Carnaby's and Red-tailed Black Cockatoo Project
Carnaby's and Red-tailed Black Cockatoo Project
Carnaby's and Red-tailed Black Cockatoo Project
Carnaby's and Red-tailed Black Cockatoo Project
Carnaby's and Red-tailed Black Cockatoo Project
Carnaby's and Red-tailed Black Cockatoo Project
Red-tailed Black Cockatoo
Red-tailed Black Cockatoo

The last couple of months have seen our volunteer teams finish up with a lot of our planting projects, and start on our green stock and track maintenance activities.  Volunteers have also had the opportunity to visit a couple of primary schools where they have assisted teachers by building outdoor and living classrooms.  Teachers will now be able to use these outdoor natural spaces to educate students about sustainability, Reduce Reuse Recycle, ecosystems and life cycles.

One of these projects was at Orange Grove Primary School where the students built nesting boxes for the Black Cockatoos earlier this year.  Every time the team visits the school, they monitor all five of the nesting boxes for signs of use.  So far the smaller parrot boxes have visible scratching marks and staff from the school have seen the Black Cockatoos checking out the larger nesting boxes.  Volunteers have also helped with sustainability projects at the school, helping to build veggie gardens and compost heaps.  The Principal, Ms Cole was extremely happy with the activities completed by the volunteers, “Thank you so much for your help, the students are now researching what veggies they will plant and when”.     

Our volunteers were once again lucky to be visited by flocks of Black Cockatoos this quarter.  Teams helping with invasive weed removal on Ferndale were witness to a small flock of Red Tailed Black Cockatoos, feeding and playing in the nearby trees. Long-time regular volunteer, Mr Nylander, caught some great shots of the flock and Regional Coordinator Ms Haynes said “It’s great for the volunteers to see the beautiful birds in the wild.  Their huge effort to restore the Black Cockatoos habitat is immediately rewarded with the large birds’ playful behaviour in the sky”.

For the rest of the year, our volunteers will be focusing on the maintenance of the thousands of seedlings that we planted over winter. It’s a big task, but an important one to secure the future of this vulnerable species.

Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) would like to thank our supporters, volunteers and donors.  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 – 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.

Volunteers Planting Future Nesting Sites
Volunteers Planting Future Nesting Sites
Future Food for the Cockatoos
Future Food for the Cockatoos
Delicious!
Delicious!

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Happy Volunteers Planting for the Cockatoos
Happy Volunteers Planting for the Cockatoos

Welcome Friends of Cockatoo Conservation,

The last three months have been busy for our volunteer teams.  With winter in full swing, we have been planting thousands of tree seedlings and preparing planting sites to help other community groups with their tree planting efforts for the cockatoos.

 

In July our volunteers had some important visitors to one of our project sites to supervise our planting efforts.  A large flock of Red-tailed Black Cockatoos sat in the trees, and watched on as we planted native seedlings which will grow into food and roosting sources for this vulnerable species.  Red tails are notoriously cheeky and playful birds, and our volunteers watched as they crash-landed into each other on the tree branches and mucked about in the sky. 

 

Conservation volunteer, Nanae Arato, travelled from Japan to take part on our program, and was excited to see the red tails.  She said, “It’s amazing to see the birds that we are planting these seedlings for, they are beautiful!”  The rest of the team also enjoyed the red tails’ visit as it really hit home, how all their efforts will directly help the local wildlife.

 

From July to the end of August, our volunteers spent time at a number of key sites for the black cockatoos around Perth.   These included bushland sites in Nedlands and Inglewood.  These inner suburban sites form important green corridors, that provide protection for the black cockatoos as they search for food and roosting sites.  Revegetating and maintaining these corridors forms an important part of the rehabilitation plan for these birds.

 

We would like to thank our supporters and volunteers.  Without your support, Conservation Volunteers Australia wouldn’t be able to make a difference to this important cause.  If you are able to donate again, we would really appreciate it – 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.  For the rest of the year, our volunteers will be focusing on the essential maintenance of the thousands of seedlings that we planted over winter to give the best possible chance for these new cockatoo habitats to grow and thrive.  

So... What
So... What's happening here?
Planting in a prepared site
Planting in a prepared site
Yummy! We can
Yummy! We can't wait for the new trees to grow!
Majestic!
Majestic!

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Volunteers administering life saving injection
Volunteers administering life saving injection

Dear friends in Cockatoo conservation,

The Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris) is endemic to South-West of Western Australia. The Carnaby’s populations have declined by over 50% in the past 45 years, and as a result they are now listed as an Endangered Species. The Carnaby's is a highly mobile species. They need to move sequentially through the landscape, utilising different habitat types at different times of the year. The decline in numbers of the Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo is due primarily to the loss and fragmentation of habitat, upon which the rely to survive.

Over the last three months volunteers from Perth’s Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) office were able to participate in dieback injecting, due to a donation from Alcoa’s Kwinana refinery.  The City of Kwinana is dedicated to conserving remnant vegetation and ecological corridors as habitat for the Carnaby's. Ecological corridors are areas of local native vegetation linking local biodiversity areas, such as remnant bushland and other natural areas. These ecological linkages provide important feeding and roosting sites for the Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo.

The city has several bushland spots that are susceptible to the effects of Dieback. Phytophthora dieback is caused by the plant pathogen, Phytophthora cinnamomi, which kills susceptible plants, such as banksia, jarrah and grass trees, by attacking their root systems. Dieback is a symptom of a Phytophthora infection, and affects more than 40% of the native plant species, and 50% of the endangered species in the south-west of Western Australia. The plants die because they cannot take up the water and nutrients they need to flourish.

Dedicated volunteers spent time in three bushland reserves within the City injecting susceptible trees with phosphite.  Working from GPS locations that the City provided, the team worked in areas with heavily dieback infested trees, trying to strengthen trees that have not yet been infected by the disease.

From April to June, volunteers also spent time preparing sites for this winter’s planting season.  Due to Perth’s temperate climate, natural resource management groups only have a small window of opportunity to plant trees in the ground. Preparing sites in advance of the first winter rains, allows planting efforts to be maximised during this optimum period.  Some groups of volunteers even had the opportunity to help with some early planting at some of our riverine sites with the South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare (SERCUL). 

CVA would like to thank our GlobalGiving supporters and volunteers.  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 – every donation will help us to continue achieving these great conservation results and give these beautiful cockatoos a better chance at coming back from the brink of extinction.  Why not take advantage of the special GlobalGiving Bonus Day on June 15 - where an amazing 50% of your kind donation (up to $1,000) being matched.  So please consider our Cockatoo’s this winter and donate on June 15.  Please put a reminder in your phone or calendar today and share this story with your friends and work mates!

Tree dieback protection for Cockatoo
Tree dieback protection for Cockatoo's future
Essential tree planting for Cockatoo habitat
Essential tree planting for Cockatoo habitat
Another tree lovingly placed in the ground!
Another tree lovingly placed in the ground!
One of our beautiful red-tails
One of our beautiful red-tails
The majestic Carnaby
The majestic Carnaby's Black Cockatoo

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Carnaby's Cockatoos perched lovingly in old tree

Dear Friends in Conservation,

This summer has been a hive of activity in Perth with exciting projects for the Carnaby's Black Cockatoo.  In January, we completed our Summer Program under the strong rays of sunshine, engaging volunteers in a half day of educational activities across the metro area. Volunteers took part in dieback prevention, injecting species at St Emilie’s Primary School in Canning Vale.  This involved drilling small guide holes at intervals around the tree trunk and injecting phosphite into the holes.  Over 40% of Western Australia’s native plant species are susceptible to dieback, including banksias and jarrah which are important species for the Carnabys.  Injecting susceptible trees with phosphite can reduce the spread of the disease and control its impact.

During February, we visited Orange Grove Primary School and conducted a nesting box workshop with students.  A very special guest accompanied us, Simon Cherriman, B.Sc Hons (Env. Biol.), MSciComm (Nat. Hist. Film) who is an Environmental Biologist, Educator, Filmmaker, Wedge-tailed Eagle Specialist and a professional tree climber.  The whole school was involved in the morning’s presentation with Simon who inspired the students and shared with them the plight of the Carnabys Black Cockatoo.  The older students then spent the rest of the day constructing parrot and Carnabys nesting boxes, which were installed around the school by Simon.  Simon Cherriman shared his gratefulness “… for the opportunity to reach more children with (his) nest box work.”  Since the workshop, students have been outside every day, observing bird behaviour around the nesting boxes.   The students are recording all animal activity on a school website blog, and all observations are added to Simon’s database, including seeing a couple of Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo’s sitting on top of one of their nest boxes. 

This month saw the first Conservation Volunteers Australia Business Clean Up Day Challenge at Sir James Mitchell Park in South Perth.  This large park is in the middle of Perth’s inner city suburbia, and the melaleuca groves provide shaded spots for Carnabys to rest during their daily search for food and water.  Three separate teams competed to collect the most rubbish from this area, which by the end of the day totalled 116kg.  Rubbish collection is an important activity that protects our native fauna from unnecessary injury.  Some of the more unusual items found were a set of car keys, three passports and perfectly usable wooden chair.

Outside of these activities highlighted above, our volunteer teams have been regularly visiting an important site for the Carnabys Black Cockatoo.  Yanchep National Park is 40km to the north of Perth, and is home to many large flocks of Carnabys.  This area is also a key release site for rehabilitated Carnaby’s.  The Department of Parks and Wildlife in conjunction with Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre have released several flocks here.  Loch Mcness is the main water source within the national park, and has many creeks running into it.   One of these creeks was strangled with the weed ‘typha’, blocking water flow.  Teams have been working to remove the typha over the last few months.  Before they started, the water wasn’t even visible.  Now, we are happy to report, that this creek now once again carries fresh water back into Loch Mcness.  Carnabys have been seen drinking from the creek, and the project was deemed a huge success by the Parks and Wildlife Rangers.      

Conservation Volunteers Australia would like to thank our supporters and volunteers, for their ongoing support.  Without this support, we wouldn’t be able to make a difference to the future of the Carnaby’s and Red-tailed Black Cockatoos, and spread the important message on conserving these species.  If you are able to donate again, this will be greatly appreciated as every donation enables the continuation of such positive results, and gives these beautiful birds a better chance at coming back from the brink of extinction.

Students of Orange Grove making nesting boxes
Students of Orange Grove making nesting boxes
Simon Cherriman installing boxes in school grounds
Simon Cherriman installing boxes in school grounds
Sorting rubbish collected during clean up day
Sorting rubbish collected during clean up day
Volunteers clearing strangled creek of typha weed
Volunteers clearing strangled creek of typha weed

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Volunteers 'managing' noxious weeds!

Dear Friends in Conservation,

The weather is starting to heat up in Perth, and wildlife centres will start to see an increase in Carnaby’s Cookatoo numbers coming through their clinics. Climate change is having a severely negative impact on the survival rate of both juvenile and adult birds, with long hot summers and shorter and dryer winters limiting water sources and increasing the loss of trees, and the Carnaby’s access to food, shelter and nesting.

With the very real and present danger to the ongoing survival of the Carnaby’s Cookatoo , we at Conservation Volunteers Australia are happy to report the increase in the number of programs we are involved with, conserving the important Carnaby’s habitat within the Perth metro area.  Over the last three months these programs have included our community volunteers, indigenous conservation training program participants and Earth Assist school students, all thanks to your generous donations to this project through Global Giving.

Your donations have enabled us to send out 30 volunteers (three teams), spreading across the north, east and south metro areas of Perth.  These teams have been carefully collecting and processing seeds for propagation at several nurseries around Perth.  This ensures that endemic species are planted where they were originally found.  The teams have also been treating dieback affected trees, with some special TLC, and helping with flora and fauna surveys, in high profile sites for the Carnaby’s Cockatoo.

We are excited to have welcomed nearly 70 students over the past few months to key locations of Cockatoo habitat.  The students engaged first hand in learning more about the plight of the Carnaby’s Cockatoo and their important role in helping to maintain the future of this species.  These amazing student volunteers removed an astounding 4,600m2 of noxious weeds at several key locations, including Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre, Kanyana Wildlife Centre, Perth Hills Discovery Centre and Piney Lakes Environment Centre.

Our community volunteers have been spending time at many important roosting and feeding sites around Pert, including Baigup Wetlands, Bibra Lake and Garungup Reserve.  In just the last three months we have welcomed  468 volunteers, who have donated their time and planted 7,658 native seedlings and removed a further  49,840m2 of invasive weeds. 

Volunteer teams have also been spending one day a month at Lake Claremont, ensuring seedlings planted this past winter, receive adequate water to survive the harsh Australian summer, and increase their root systems to deeper water supplies.  The Friends of Lake Claremont are leading one of the largest ongoing restoration projects in Perth.  Coordinator Heidi stated, “We rely on help from people in the local and wider communities to implement our projects.  We have led thousands of volunteers over the past 5 years, planting over 250,000 native seedlings in and around Lake Claremont”.  Lake Claremont is part of an important green corridor that runs from Bold Park to Kings Park, nestled in the inner city suburbs, these small pockets of bushland provide important roosting and feeding sites for the Carnaby’s Cockatoo.

Conservation Volunteers Australia would like to sincerely thank our supporters and volunteers.  Without your support, CVA wouldn’t be able to make a difference to this important cause, as evidenced from the progress achieved these last three months, as support increases for this project, but we are not there yet… If you are able to donate again we would really appreciate it – 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.  From all of us at Conservation Volunteers Australia we wish all of donors and supporters a very safe and happy Christmas, and a wonderful year to come in 2016.

Planting future food and nesting sites
Planting future food and nesting sites
The Amazing Red-tailed Black Cockatoo
The Amazing Red-tailed Black Cockatoo
Preparing for Planting
Preparing for Planting

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Location: Mount Pleasant, Victoria - Australia
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