Cocky count suc­cess

Mandurah Coastal Times - - NEWS -

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.

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