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 Planting Native Seedlings