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
Future Food for the Cockatoos