Cocky count success
The number of Carnaby's blackcockatoos has stabilised in the Peel-Perth region over the past year.
WEST Australians have thrown their support behind Carnaby’s BlackCockatoos by coming out in large numbers to take part in BirdLife Australia’s 2018 Great Cocky Count.
More than 750 people registered for the event.
The population of Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos has stabilised in the Peel-Perth region over the past year, according to a new BirdLife Australia report of the findings of the 2018 Great Cocky Count.
“It’s an encouraging result, particularly as successive Great Cocky Counts have shown the population of Carnaby’s around Perth has declined by more than 40 per cent since 2010,” project co-ordinator Adam Peck said.
“Although it’s good news, we can’t rest on our laurels,’’ he said.
“The long-term decline is still a great concern and shows we need to protect Black-Cockatoo habitat now more than ever.”
It is hoped help from Alcoa will help tip the scales in the right direction. The Alcoa Foundation
is partnering with Birdlife Australia to deliver the Alcoa Community Cockatoo Recovery initiative over the next three years.
The multimillion dollar initiative will support projects such as the Great Cocky Count, along with community education campaigns and on-ground habitat restoration.
Alcoa chairman and managing director Michael Parker said the partnership was a logical extension of the many years of work the company had invested in understanding and protecting the jarrah forest visitors.
Birdlife Australia Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo project co-ordinator Adam Peck with BirdLife Australia WA program manager Dr Vicki Stokes, BirdLife Australia board member Mandy Bamford and Alcoa of Australia managing director Michael Parker.