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February 13, 2024

URGENT please sign petition

Please sign this petition.

They are wanting to remove habitat trees for the black cockatoos that have taken decades to grow from Claremont Showgrounds for the "temporary tent for Cirque du Soleil".

I can't believe anyone would think this is ok!!!

Why this petition matters

Started by
Narelle Wasley

We, the undersigned, call for the preservation of three significant gumtrees at Claremont Showgrounds, currently under threat of removal for the upcoming Cirque du Soleil show. These gumtrees serve as critical nesting and roosting sites for endangered Carnaby's and Red-Tailed Black Cockatoos.

The potential destruction of these trees poses a serious threat to the well-being and survival of these iconic Australian birds. As concerned citizens, we believe in finding alternative solutions that allow the show to proceed without compromising the integrity of the local ecosystem.

We urge Cirque du Soleil to collaborate with local communities, environmental organizations, and relevant authorities to explore alternative locations within Claremont Showgrounds or implement measures to protect the trees during the event.

Preserving our natural environment and protecting endangered species should be a shared responsibility. By signing this petition, we call on Cirque du Soleil to reconsider the decision to remove these gumtrees and engage in a constructive dialogue with local stakeholders to find a mutually beneficial solution.

Your support is crucial in demonstrating a commitment to responsible and environmentally conscious practices. Let's ensure the survival of these endangered birds and safeguard the biodiversity that makes our community unique.

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https://www.change.org/p/protect-claremont-showgrounds-gumtrees-for-endangered-cockatoos?recruiter=1379368&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_initial&utm_term=share_for_starters_page&recruited_by_id=e8e9c210-fe51-012f-80f7-4040b91ba155&share_bandit_exp=initial-37885122-en-AU&utm_content=fht-37885122-en-au%3A0&fbclid=IwAR3Ytr7HE-F81WocSmAeIfnqrmHFLIMf8aEaxCVSQHkNjyc679XmOAT45nc

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February 08, 2024

Register now for the 2024 Great Cocky Count!

Register now for the 2024 Great Cocky Count!

Registrations are now open for the 2024 Great Cocky Count! Help us count black-cockatoos across southwest WA as they fly into their evening roosts on Sunday 14th April at sunset. This annual citizen science survey provides essential data to estimate population trends for our threatened cockies and to help protect critical habitat. No experience is required – we provide full instructions or you can attend one of our information and training sessions (see details below). Counters are needed to cover sites from Geraldton in the north to Esperance along the south coast. Registrations close on the 24th March.

Register here today to join our volunteer flock for the 2024 Great Cocky Count!

Swoop in and attend one of our Black-Cockatoo and Great Cocky Count workshops!

Birdlife Australia will be holding free workshops around Perth and in regional centres across southwest WA in the lead up to the Great Cocky Count. The workshops will bring the world of black-cockatoos to life, identify the threats they face, and show how people can get involved in the GCC and take other actions to support black-cockatoos.

Please see the list of workshops below and follow the links for more details and for registration. More workshops and links will be added in future eNews editions as further details become available. The workshops will be hosted by local councils and conservation/Landcare groups, and presented by BirdLife Australia staff.

Albany – Saturday 17th February 9.30 – 11.30am
Hosted by South Coast NRM
*Includes a black-cockatoo breeding monitoring information session

Mundaring – Saturday 24th February 10.00 – 11.30am
Hosted by Shire of Mundaring

Mandurah – Tuesday 5th March 5.30 – 7.30pm
Hosted by Peel-Harvey Catchment Council
*Includes information about the Keep Carnaby’s Flying, Ngoolarks Forever Project

Bunbury – Wednesday 6th March 5.30 – 7.00pm
Hosted by Leschenault Catchment Council

Lockridge – Saturday 9th March 10.00 – 11.30am
Hosted by City of Swan
*Includes information about the Keep Carnaby’s Flying, Ngoolarks Forever Project

Kwinana – Tuesday 12th March 6.00 – 7.30pm
Hosted by City of Kwinana
*Includes information about the Keep Carnaby’s Flying, Ngoolarks Forever Project

Murdoch – Wednesday 13th March (evening, time TBC)
Hosted by Murdoch University

Armadale – Thursday 14th March 6.00 – 8.00pm
Hosted by City of Armadale and Armadale Gosnells Landcare Group

Dwellingup – Sunday 17th March (afternoon, time TBC)
Hosted by Landcare SJ and Shire of Murray

Margaret River – Monday 18th March 5.30 – 7.30pm
Hosted by Cape to Cape Bird Group and Shire of Augusta-Margaret River
*Includes a Birds on Farms workshop, also presented by BirdLife Australia

Register to take part in the Great Cocky Count and for other links to workshops etc

https://birdlife.org.au/events/great-cocky-count/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=BirdLife%20WA%20eNews%20%207%20February%202024&utm_content=BirdLife%20WA%20eNews%20%207%20February%202024+CID_dcf096bd26fe58959722ac90c2573651&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software

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December 01, 2023

Cocky Notes Issue 37 Spring 2023 Birdlife Australia

The latest edition of Cocky Notes may be viewed by clicking the below link.

https://www.calameo.com/read/004107895834a8541d02d

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September 04, 2023

Alcoa Foundation Spring Cocky Count Date Sunday, 8 October 2023 Time 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Locations The Greater Perth–Peel Region

https://birdlife.org.au/events/alcoa-foundation-spring-cocky-count/

Alcoa Foundation Spring Cocky Count
Date Sunday, 8 October 2023
Time 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Locations The Greater Perth–Peel Region

Contribute to Cockatoo Conservation
Join the Alcoa Foundation Spring Cocky Count, an annual event since 2018, dedicated to monitoring Forest Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo roost sites in the Greater Perth–Peel Region.

By participating, you’ll be contributing to our understanding of their movements and conservation to ensure their survival.

The next Alcoa Foundation Spring Cocky Count is scheduled for Sunday 8 October, with registrations opening on Monday 21 August and closing on Sunday 24 September (2 weeks before the count).

If you know of any Forest Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo roosting sites in this area that are occupied in spring, please let us know by emailing us via the contact form on this page, or on the registration form.

The Great Cocky Count and Alcoa Foundation Spring Cocky Count is supported by the Alcoa Foundation, and forms part of the Alcoa Community Black-cockatoo Recovery Project.

To register click on the link below.

https://birdlife.org.au/events/alcoa-foundation-spring-cocky-count/#gform_31

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August 11, 2023

Don't miss this unique chance to protect WA cocky habitat!

Our iconic WA Black Cockatoos need your help!

US mining giant Alcoa is seeking to mine another 9,600 hectares of unique Jarrah forests our beloved WA Black-Cockatoos need.

Right now, we have an opportunity to ensure the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) reviews Alcoa's latest proposals in a Public Environmental Review (PER).

There is a short period to have your say, submissions close on August 15th!

If you agree with BirdLife WA that such a large proposal needs a thorough, public review that will take into consideration all current knowledge and the true impact on our birds, please add your voice to get the EPA to assess Alcoa's proposal as a Public Environmental Review (PER) - the highest level of assessment.

It's incredibly easy to have your say! Just:

click the link to make a submission,
add your details,
and simply select your recommended level of assessment.
We urge you to select: "Assess - Public environmental review"
You can add your own detailed comments and reasoning during your submission, if you wish to, but it's entirely optional; the vital thing is that we get the proposal reviewed in the most comprehensive and public manner - aka via Public environmental review.​​​

Have your say on Alcoa's proposal!

https://consultation.epa.wa.gov.au/seven-day-comment-on-referrals/bauxite-mining-darling-range/?fbclid=IwAR1BiLl9mpnwjleitXowMPzFAUa0FswzIbmnxaUefTSKzT_bhJHDBr-JQQ8

Submissions close next Tuesday, August 15th! Don't miss this unique opportunity to have your say, and to help our precious WA Black-Cockatoos!

Some of BirdLife WA's key concerns, which you are welcome to include,
if you want to add optional comments in your submission:

We need increased controls to protect our drinking water from mining impacts. Birds like Black-Cockatoos need clean, safe drinking water in close proximity to roosting and breeding sites. Water is precious. In our drying climate our community must be certain that our families, our forests, and our birds are not be left thirsty, or with contaminated water.
Should Alcoa's proposed bauxite mining be approved, the threats to our iconic WA Black-Cockatoos will be substantially increased. Forest Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos are having to forage more frequently on the Swan Coastal Plain, and Baudin’s Black-Cockatoo are already Critically Endangered under the IUCN - for both species these problems are linked to the ongoing destruction of their forest homes.
In 60 years, Alcoa has not demonstrated that they can successfully rehabilitate Jarrah forests. The only result has been less forest for our birds.
Social values have changed since bauxite mining commenced in the Northern Jarrah Forest. The destruction that was encouraged then is unacceptable, now, because we care about the future of our birds.
Bauxite mining operators have failed to reassure the WA community that rehabilitation following mining operations will adequate replace the habitat values that have been lost.
We at BirdLife WA need your help, to ensure Alcoa's proposals are properly assessed, as a Public Environmental Review (PER).

Please make a submission today, to ensure your voice is heard before August 15th!

Yours sincerely

BirdLife Western Australia logo
Dr Mark Henryon
Advocacy Committee Chair
BirdLife Western Australia

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August 10, 2023

Bushland News Issue 126 Winter 2023

file:///D:/Users/Owner/Downloads/bushland_news_issue_126_winter_2023.pdf

Bushland News is a quarterly newsletter of Urban Nature, a Department of Biodiversity,
Conservation and Attractions Parks and Wildlife Service program to support community
involvement in bushland conservation.

Includes information on all 3 black cockatoo species.

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August 09, 2023

Have your say to help save Jarrah Forests on the Darling Ranges

Alcoa's Bauxite mining on the Darling Range in the southwest of WA for the years 2022 to 2026 & 2023 to 2027

US mining giant Alcoa is seeking to mine another 9,600 ha of our unique Jarrah forest for bauxite.

For the first time in the company's 60-year history in WA, we have the chance to ask the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to review Alcoa's latest mining proposals in a Public Environmental Review (PER).

This is unique because you now have the opportunity to have your say. Alcoa's mining proposals are normally assessed behind closed doors by the state government.

The BirdLife WA branch is strongly opposed to Alcoa's proposals.

If you agree with us, we urge you to make a brief submission calling on the EPA to assess Alcoa's proposal as a PER - the highest level of assessment.

Simply click on this link: https://consultation.epa.wa.gov.au/seven-day-comment-on-referrals/bauxite-mining-darling-range/

Add your details and select your recommended level of assessment. We urge you to select

"Assess - Public environmental review".

If you wish, you can also add your reasoning.

Some of our concerns that you may want to mention are:

• Not only will Alcoa's mining proposal threathens our public water supply, it will have significant impact on broader surface and groundwater resources which will effect remaining native vegetation, including mature vegetation suitable for black-cockatoos.

• It will impact our black-cockatoos. Baudin’s Black-Cockatoo are Critically Endangered, due in part to loss of forest habitat. Forest Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos are having to forage more frequently on the Swan Coastal Plain due to loss of their forest habitat. Should the proposed bauxite mining be approved, the threats to these threatened species will be substantially increased.

• Even in 60 years, Alcoa has been unable to demonstrate that they can successfully rehabilitate Jarrah forests. The only result has been less forest for our birds.

• Social values have changed since bauxite mining commenced in the Northern Jarrah Forest. The destruction that was encouraged then is not acceptable now. This includes care for the future of our birds.

• Bauxite mining has lost social license by not assuring the community of WA that rehabilitation following mining operations will adequate replace the habitat values that have been lost.

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August 08, 2023

HOLLOW SEARCH CALL OUT - Birdlife WA

HOLLOW SEARCH CALL OUT

BirdLife WA is on the lookout for some excellent tree hollows that are of breeding size for Black Cockatoos. As part of our Breeding program, we are always interested in the location of new breeding sites for our endangered black cockatoo species here in Western Australia. But we can’t be everywhere at once and WA is a big place. That’s why we need you! So, the next time you are walking along in our beautiful southwestern forest and come across a hollow that might very well be a Black Cockatoo hollow, let us know!

BirdLife has set up a survey through an app called Survey 123 from ArcGIS. All you have to do is download Survey123 on your phone through your Google Store or Apple Store. You can then follow the link in this article (through the QR code or through the link) which will take you to the survey which can be opened in the app. Once you have downloaded the survey on your phone, you can open it at any given moment (even when offline) and fill in the survey when you discover a hollow. It even allows you to take a picture of the tree so we can easily find it again later on. When you complete the survey you save it in the outbox and when you are back in range of internet you can send the survey from the outbox. BirdLife will receive this information then and will know exactly where the hollow was seen and what it looks like.

We are still in need of hollow locations in the Southwest as we lack data in this region. This is becoming more and more important as we are seeing a lot of development in places like Margaret River and others, where hollow bearing trees might come under threat. In addition, if you see a tree hollow but it is being used by a Corella, we still want to know about it for our invasive species project. As Corellas are direct competitors with Black Cockatoos for hollows this is also important information.

Link for Survey123 (Apple): https://apps.apple.com/us/app/arcgis-survey123/id993015031

Link for Survey123 (Google Play): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details...

Follow this link for the survey or use the QR code in comments below: https://survey123.arcgis.app/...

If you would like to participate and would like more information on the Hollow survey and how to conduct it, please feel free to get in touch with Sam Rycken at sam.rycken@birdlife.org.au

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August 04, 2023

The black cockatoo is nearly identical to its neighbour, the Carnaby’s. And that’s a problem for protecting the endangered species

The Baudin’s is by far the least-known of the three black cockatoo species in WA. Carnaby’s can often be found soaring through the urban landscapes of Perth which means people are far more familiar with it, despite low populations. On the other hand, the forest-dwelling Baudin’s prefer the protection of a high roost, which makes them a difficult research subject.

“They’re less visible, there’s a lot less research on them in comparison to the Carnaby’s and they are much less known, so I think they’re a bit forgotten,” says Adam Peck, black cockatoo project coordinator at Birdlife Australia.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/19/i-dont-think-many-people-know-they-exist-how-mistaken-identity-threatens-the-baudins-cockatoo?fbclid=IwAR3HG1w3OlbpASTLnAuc0GFMpo8xwLac710xam_LUQ5UJwV-8HWZq95hC9g

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August 02, 2023

New page for Baudin's Black Cockatoo's on Birdlife Australia's website

New page for Baudin's Black Cockatoo's on Birdlife Australia's website. Includes audio of calls, photo's and information re breeding, feeding etc.

https://birdlife.org.au/bird-profiles/baudins-black-cockatoo/#

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