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AN en­dan­gered Carn­aby’s black cock­a­too chick was among the va­ri­ety of species found dur­ing a re­cent check of nest­ing boxes in Shire of Mun­dar­ing re­serves.

Fol­low­ing the Park­erville, Stoneville, Mt He­lena Bush­fire in 2014, a va­ri­ety of nest­ing boxes were in­stalled in Shire re­serves to en­cour­age lo­cal wildlife to re­turn to the area.

Lo­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal ex­pert Si­mon Cher­ri­man was com­mis­sioned to in­stall the boxes in early 2015.

Vol­un­teers re­cently checked about 70 boxes in Mil­li­gan, Sun­ninghill, Gil­fel­lon and Mardo re­serves, as well as along the Rail­way Re­serves Her­itage Trail.

“The group dis­cov­ered some in­cred­i­ble wildlife in­clud­ing broods of Aus­tralian ring­neck par­rots, red- capped par­rots, com­mon brush­tail pos­sums with joeys, hatched duck eggs, spi­ders, geckos and even the dis­cov­ery of sev­eral brush- tailed phasco­gale nests in­side some of the boxes,” Shire Pres­i­dent David Lavell said.

Cr Lavell said it was fan­tas­tic to see such a di­verse range of wildlife us­ing the boxes.

“The Shire is in­cred­i­bly lucky to have lo­cal ex­per­tise in Mr Cher­ri­man, who has the right equip­ment to in­stall and main­tain the boxes, which pro­vide shel­ter to lo­cal fauna,” he said.

The seven- week- old Carn­aby’s black cock­a­too chick dis­cov­ered in one of the nest- boxes is the third record of the species breed­ing in this area.

As part of the WA Mu­seum’s on­go­ing cock­a­too re­search, the chick was suc­cess­fully banded and mea­sured on Fri­day last week.

Mr Cher­ri­man said friends group vol­un­teers and chil­dren were lucky to be able to at­tend the band­ing event and learn about tech­niques used to re­search the species.

Mee­sha Grif­fiths- Lumbis with a Carn­aby's black cock­a­too chick which was tagged in a Shire re­serve as part of the WA Mu­seum's on­go­ing cock­a­too re­search, ( top right) an adult pos­sum mum and her joey, ( above) a black cock­a­too chick.

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