Work­shop for cock­a­too coun­ters

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS -

AUS­TRALIA’S Great Cocky Count is on again this year and the Shire of Kalamunda is run­ning a Great Cocky Count work­shop on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 22 to help peo­ple pre­pare for the night.

Once a year, an army of vol­un­teers heads to cocky hotspots across south- west­ern WA to count the birds as they fly in to roost around sun­set.

The in­for­ma­tion gath­ered tells re­searchers at BirdLife Aus­tralia WA’s en­dan­gered black cock­a­toos pop­u­la­tion in the re­gion, and guides ac­tions to pro­tect the en­dan­gered birds.

The work­shop will teach par­tic­i­pants about black cock­a­too con­ser­va­tion and how to identify cock­a­toos in the wild.

“The Great Cocky Count is a great way for peo­ple to get in- volved in ci­ti­zen sci­ence and con­ser­va­tion,” project co- or­di­na­tor Adam Peck said.

“Once peo­ple take part in the Great Cocky Count, they want to come back year af­ter year, and they of­ten bring their friends.

“Last year over 700 peo­ple took part, and this year we’d like to see even more.

“The more vol­un­teers who par­tic­i­pate, the bet­ter we can un­der- stand how the cock­ies are do­ing through­out the State. You don’t need any ex­pe­ri­ence to be a part of the Great Cocky Count; all you need to do is reg­is­ter and we’ll al­lo­cate a roost site for you to visit.

“We’ll also pro­vide all the in­for­ma­tion you’ll need to be a Great Cocky Counter.” The count takes one hour. Pre­vi­ous counts have shownCarn­aby’s black cock­a­toos are de- clin­ing at 10 per cent a year around Perth, which puts them in dan­ger of be­com­ing ex­tinct.

The work­shop runs from 6- 8pm at the Goose­berry Hill Multi Use Fa­cil­ity at 42 Ledger Road in Goose­berry Hill.

To reg­is­ter, RSVP by Fe­bru­ary 20, as places are lim­ited.

Con­tact the Shire of Kalamunda on 9257 9999 or email en­vi­ron­ment@ kalamunda. wa. gov. au.

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