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
The Amazing Red-tailed Black Cockatoo
Preparing for Planting