Help for cock­a­toos

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Near You -

CARN­ABY’S black cock­a­too is a species in dan­ger of dis­ap­pear­ing en­tirely. That is why a group of res­i­dents from Karawara, Como and Man­ning joined to­gether in a bid to in­crease the pop­u­la­tion of the WA species. The Jack­son Mur­ray Hen­ley Ac­tion Group re­cently re­ceived a $30,000 nat­u­ral re­sources man­age­ment grant from the State Gov­ern­ment to reveg­e­tate part of the Como Sec­ondary Col­lege cam­pus. The area is one of the most sig­nif­i­cant roost­ing sites on the coastal plain for the threat­ened species, ac­cord­ing to pro­ject co-or­di­na­tor Roger Reynolds. “In­di­ca­tions in the last sev­eral years are that num­bers of Carn­aby’s cock­a­toos across the Swan Coastal Plain have been drop­ping sharply as habi­tat is lost, in­creas­ing pres­sure on the rem­nant habi­tat,” Mr Reynolds said. “The find­ings from the 2012 Great Cocky Count in­di­cate a de­crease of 40 per cent since 2010 in the num­ber of ac­tive roosts south of the Swan River. “It is not just Carn­aby’s cock­a­too ei­ther, the en­dan­gered New Hol­land hon­eyeater is among the many other birds seen regularly in the re­serve,” he said. If you would like to vol­un­teer with the group, call Roger Reynolds on 0402 365 112 or email jmh­task@gmail.com.

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