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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
New habitat being planted by a dedicated volunteer
New habitat being planted by a dedicated volunteer

Welcome Friends of Cockatoo Conservation,

Over the last three months, teams from Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) have been donating their time and efforts, with your support, at various key locations in Perth that contribute to Carnaby’s Cockatoo conservationCarnaby’s Cockatoo is an iconic species, easily recognisable with its white tail and a ‘wee-low’ call as they migrate back and forth from the Swan Coastal Plain to the Western Australian wheatbelt – formerly their bushland home, meaning this species is fast running out of room. The Red-tailed Black Cockatoo is a subspecies of the red tailed black cockatoo found right across Australia. They too are running out of nesting room, with less old trees and hollows to call home.

Our teams of volunteers have been lending their efforts at a number of sites including Yanchep National Park, Bibra Lake, Canning River Regional Park, Lake Claremont and Yellagonga Regional Park. The three key elements of the work completed at these sites include revegetation and planting of Carnaby’s cockatoo food sources, rehabilitation of natural bushland areas and site maintenance and care. The activities offer the chance for community participation across the sites and help create awareness of the plight of not only the black cockatoos but wider environmental issues across those areas.

It’s been a busy three months, and we have been delighted to have more than 513 people volunteering at these project sites, made possible through your kind donations.  Collectively, over 50 teams of volunteers have removed 19,175m² of invasive weeds, planted 16,120 native seedlings and maintained 500m of trail.  As well as those amazing accomplishments, areas have been maintained in between planting and weeding times with the collection of 850kg of rubbish. Clearing rubbish and maintaining walking trails helps people to use natural areas and appreciate the beauty of the environment, including these beautiful cockatoos. Planting trees and clearing weeds is a step towards creating future habitats for the cockatoos and many other species that call this area home.

Friends of Lake Claremont Coordinator Heidi stated, “We are very grateful for all the extra help. It’s a great effort by all the volunteers and we are very appreciative of all their hard work.”

CVA would like to thank our Global Giving supporters.  Without your support, our dedicated volunteers 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.

The cockatoo
The cockatoo's stunning backyard!
Removing invasive weeds from Cockatoo habitat
Removing invasive weeds from Cockatoo habitat
Rubbish removal - an act of love!
Rubbish removal - an act of love!
Homes for the future
Homes for the future
Simply stunning - Carnabys Black Cockatoo
Simply stunning - Carnabys Black Cockatoo

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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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Carnaby
Carnaby's Black Cockatoo

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 and infrastructure 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 farmland situated adjacent to the Kaarakin property. The project offers the chance for community participation across the site and helps create 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 have more than 80 people volunteering at Kaarakin.  The teams have removed 1,830m2 of invasive weeds, planted 797 native seedlings and have repaired 20m of fence line.  The teams have also been getting the new seedlings through the summer heat with regular watering sessions and have continued to undertake green stock maintenance on the existing native vegetation. All of these projects contribute to the long term plans to help increase cockatoo habitat for the future.

Conservation Volunteers Australia Team Leader Nora Larry said, “It’s great for the volunteers to see the difference they are making over time at Kaarakin.  They are often rewarded for their efforts by visiting the friendly cockatoo aviary”.

CVA would like to thank our 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 birds a better chance at coming back from the brink of extinction.

Volunteers Removing Weeds
Volunteers Removing Weeds
Volunteers Planting Native Seedlings
Volunteers Planting Native Seedlings

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Carnaby
Carnaby's Black Cockatoo

Thank you for donating to Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA), enabling us to continue supporting the restoration projects with Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre (Kaarakin) over the past three months.  Our teams of volunteers from all walks of life have made the trek up into the hills to help with this important conservation effort to create habitat for the endangered Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo and the vulnerable Forest Red-tailed Black Cockatoo.

Our volunteer teams have also been active in Beelu National Park, which is adjacent to Kaarakin’s property.  The teams were unstoppable, planting native tree seedlings along the creek line up until Christmas.  CVA has had 221 fantastic volunteers at the site so far - they have planted 3,740 native plants that cover a massive 2,355m2. They have also cleared 6,242m2 of noxious weeds and repaired 300m of conservation fencing. Our volunteers are keen to return this year and continue making a difference with your support.

Habitat for the Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo and the Forest Red-tailed Black Cockatoo is fast disappearing with urban development and climate change.  These cockatoos provide an important link in the ecosystem of the south west of Western Australia, which is a biodiversity hot spot.  The activities that have been achieved at Kaarakin will directly improve the habitat for the black cockatoos and will - in time - create habitat hollows for the birds to nest in.  As the native plants mature, they will also provide an important food source for these beautiful birds. It’s a long term plan but the need for action now is urgent – we have to restore habitat to help these birds survive,

Jill Stryk, the Environmental Officer at Kaarakin said, “it was fantastic to get the planting at zone 3 finished this year and we couldn’t have done it without the volunteers from CVA”.

CVA would like to thank our supporters and volunteers.  Without your valuable assistance, CVA couldn’t help out with 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 in action
Volunteers in action
New seedlings doing well!
New seedlings doing well!
Lunchtime!
Lunchtime!

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Carnaby
Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo

The iconic endangered Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo and the vulnerable Forest Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo face an uncertain future because of urban development and historical land clearing that has dramatically diminished critical habitat.  This is compounded by the impacts of climate change and Phytophthora Dieback which is threatening native flora communities.  Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) has continued to support Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre to rehabilitate degraded land in Beelu National Park this quarter.   This national park is adjacent to their centre and is 40 kilometres east of Perth. CVA has been restoring critical habitat by removing all non-native species and planting local native seedlings in their place. This will 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 helping with their long-term sustainability.   

By restoring critical habitat for the black cockatoos the project will provide an important food source and when the trees mature will provide vital roosting and nesting sites. The Perth Hills region is one of the last remaining urban habitats for the cockatoos and is severely degraded and under pressure so it is vital that this area is protected and enhanced.

Over the last three months CVA has engaged over 100 volunteers from our primary and high school program, adult community volunteering program and indigenous training program. They have cleared over 3,000 square meters of weeds and replaced the area with over 5,000 seedlings.

Rachel, the Acting Environmental Projects Manager at Kaarakin said she was: “really happy with the volunteers hard work and without their efforts we wouldn’t have been able to reach a milestone at Kaarakin of 10,000 seedlings planted”.

The long-term impact of the project is that it will help develop an important corridor of critical habitat for the endangered Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo and the vulnerable Forest Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo and aid with their recovery.   Kaarakin often soft release rehabilitated cockatoos into this area.  This work will complement other restoration works that have been done in the region to convert 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 and this project will help create a sustainable future for them.

CVA would like to thank our supporters and volunteers.  Without your help, CVA couldn’t help out with 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.

View of the city across the old orchard
View of the city across the old orchard
Enjoying some seeds!
Enjoying some seeds!

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Conservation Volunteers Australia

Location: Mount Pleasant, Victoria - Australia
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Madeline Townsend
Mt Helen, Ballarat, Victoria Australia
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