Workshop to focus on recovery of black cockatoos

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Birdlife Bunbury convenor Sue Kalab is encouraging the community to come to the education session.
Camera IconBirdlife Bunbury convenor Sue Kalab is encouraging the community to come to the education session. Credit: Ailish Delaney / Bunbury Herald

South West residents are encouraged to embrace their citizen science side and take part in an upcoming native wildlife workshop.

Birdlife Bunbury is hosting a black cockatoo information session to help the community learn about the three species that are found in the South West and find out how they can get involved to help gather much needed information about the birds.

Project officer Merryn Pyror said the South West was home to Baudin’s and Carnaby’s black cockatoos, as well as the South West subspecies, the forest red-tailed black cockatoo.

“All three of these iconic Western Australian birds are currently listed as either vulnerable or endangered under both State and Federal legislation,” she said.

“BirdLife Western Australia has been working on black cockatoo recovery actions since 2001 to secure the protection and conservation of these iconic birds and their critical habitats.”

However, since these charismatic birds range over such a large area, from north of Kalbarri to east of Esperance, and travel easily across the landscape, we need the community’s help to collect vital data in order to know how best to help them.

The black cockatoos and citizen science information session will help participants learn about the identification, ecology and threats of black cockatoos, as well as how they can contribute to the recovery effort.

“There are many ways to get involved and what’s more it’s easy, fun and every little bit counts,” Ms Pyror said.

The session will take place at the ECU CBD learning hub downstairs at Maker and Co on December 10 from 7pm to 9pm. Register for the free workshop via https://bit.ly/2Jm1EMY.

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