Saving our Black Cockatoos Southwest Australia's Journal

February 14, 2023

WA pest parrot and cockatoo management strategy survey

Please have your say to ensure our Black Cockatoos are not under even more threat than they already are with habitat destruction!! Too many pest species of birds takeover the nesting hollows that our black cockatoos use and this is your chance to have your say so that something is actually done about it.

Pest parrots and cockatoos are known to cause extensive damage in both rural and urban areas in Western Australia. Because of this, several species are declared pests (simply referred to as pests below) and subject to active management control. Once a species of parrot or cockatoo has been officially declared as a pest all landholders are required to control them on the land they manage.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) works with other agencies and landholders in the coordination of pest management and actively works to prevent exotic incursions into the State.

DPIRD has engaged Strickland Park Economics to assist with the development of the WA pest parrot and cockatoo strategy to guide the future management of these birds.

An important part of this work is a survey of public attitudes to the control of birds as pests, in particular declared pest parrots and cockatoos.

Information on the public's understanding of these birds, and how they should be managed, is fundamental to the development of the strategy.

Survey

This survey takes about 15 minutes to complete.
Your survey responses will be coded and kept strictly confidential, and data from this survey will be reported only in the aggregate.
During the survey, if you wish to pause and resume at a later time, use the 'save and continue' button at the bottom of the question page.
If you wish to reconsider any previous answers, use the 'back button' at the bottom of the question page.

If you have questions about the survey, please contact John Roberts at john@stricklandpark.com.au.

Thank you very much for your time and support. Your participation will be an essential input to the strategy.

Thank you for your interest in this survey. Multiple submissions are not accepted. If you are having difficulties, please contact kim.haywood@dpird.wa.gov.au

https://yoursay.dpird.wa.gov.au/pest-parrot-management-strategy/survey_tools/wa-pest-parrot-and-cockatoo-management-strategy-survey?fbclid=IwAR1jmVJD_w-lu-KB4XnClW0igYZxc7ssEMwWUttK_EzYE2patRmqHQg6Upc

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February 01, 2023

Join us for the Great Cocky Count

Join us for the Great Cocky Count
The Great Cocky Count is a citizen-science survey, and the biggest single survey for black-cockatoos in Western Australia. In the lead-up to the Count each year, we ask people to keep an eye out for roost sites, which helps us plan the upcoming Count. Then, on one evening each autumn, volunteers monitor known roost sites and count black-cockatoos as they arrive in the evening. Records submitted from across the South West provide a snapshot of black-cockatoo populations, helping us quantify changes in their numbers.

Where can I take part in this survey?
The Great Cocky Count takes place in south-western Western Australia — south-west of a line between Geraldton and Esperance — on a single night in autumn. Citizen scientists can help in the lead-up to the Count by locating night roosts (places where the black-cockatoos gather to sleep at night).

Simply register to take part in the Great Cocky Count and you’ll receive instructions and a site to survey. Please be aware registrations close on Sunday 12 March, 3 weeks prior to the Great Cocky Count.

Help us learn more about black-cockatoos by joining the Great Cocky Count
Black-cockatoos live across a large area, so it’s difficult to get an accurate record of how many there are in the wild. By working with citizen scientists in the Great Cocky Count, we are able to get a snapshot of where black-cockatoos are located, giving us a better idea of their numbers.

The Great Cocky Count started as a survey for Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos, focusing on their roost sites around Perth, but in recent years it has expanded to include Baudin’s Black-Cockatoos and Forest Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos as well, at sites right across the South West.

Take part in a Great Cocky Count workshop before the Count
Great Cocky Count workshops are held at a number of locations around Perth and the South West in the lead-up to the Great Cocky Count. During these workshops, participants learn about black-cockatoo biology, ecology, behaviour and threats. Most importantly, they learn how the Great Cocky Count works and what to record during the survey.

Upcoming workshops will be listed here, as well as on the BirdLife WA Facebook page and through the BirdLife WA e-news.

Please be aware registrations close on Sunday 12 March, 3 weeks prior to the Great Cocky Count.

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

Great Cocky Count Survey Application

https://birdlife.org.au/events/great-cocky-count/

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Hollows old and new Providing options for breeding Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos

Hollows old and new
Providing options for breeding Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos
Two of our initiatives — to repair and refurbish artificial nesting hollows that were installed years ago, and also to set up new ones — have provided breeding opportunities that Endangered Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos need so desperately, combatting a shortage of natural hollows in key parts of the species’ range across parts of Western Australia.

Repairing and renovating old artificial hollows

While there is currently a big focus on installing new artificial hollows for black-cockatoos to aid their breeding, the maintenance and repair of existing artificial hollows is commonly overlooked. Nevertheless, maintenance of old hollows is essential to ensure that they remain viable breeding options for Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos. If they fall into disrepair, they may actually become dangerous for cockies trying to breed in them. The focus of this intervention was the Newdegate region in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt.

The refurbishment of black-cockatoo hollows involves a number of key factors:

One of the most important tasks is topping up the layer of woodchips which accumulate at the bottom of the hollow. Over time, they break down and become compacted, affecting nest drainage and access. In 2022, more than 1500 litres of wood chips were used to top up 30 artificial hollows around Newdegate.
The replacement of ‘sacrificial’ chewing posts attached to the inside entrance of each hollow is another crucial factor. The birds habitually chew on these bits of wood, contributing to the layer of wood chips in the hollow. If the chewing post gets eaten away, the cockies may then chew the base of the hollow, creating holes which eggs or chicks can fall through.
Ladder maintenance is also important. A small ladder installed in each nest allows the birds to climb in and out of their artificial hollow, and our work ensures they are secure, providing safe climbing conditions for both nesting and fledging black-cockatoos.
Installing new artificial hollows

In just its second year, ‘Adopt a Cocky Nest’ has already seen success, with ever increasing numbers of artificial nest hollows being used by Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos.

The scheme began in 2021 to install artificial hollows in known breeding locations. Our initial aim was to install 24 hollows on private properties across the Bullsbrook, Bindoon and Chittering regions — all well-known Carnaby’s breeding locations — for the cockies to nest in, but instead we raised sufficient funds to meet our initial target, plus an extra 15 hollows.

Back in 2021, just a few months after the artificial nests were installed, we confirmed that five of them were being used for Carnaby’s breeding, with either one or two eggs in each of the active hollows. Several Carnaby’s were also found breeding in natural hollows, either in the same trees as artificial hollows or in trees nearby.

This breeding season — just our second — saw additional birds nesting in the hollows.

This time we observed six of our hollows being used by breeding Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos: one contained a single egg; another two had two eggs (and there was a 7-week-old chick found in a natural hollow in the same tree as one of them); two had an egg and a chick; and one had a single 5-week-old chick.

Hopefully, over time, the Carnaby’s will continue to discover the artificial hollows and make use of them — sometimes hollows can remain unused for up to 10 years before Carnaby’s breed in them for the first time!

Providing new hollows and repairing old ones provide an essential component (among a range of conservation actions) in our overall strategy to drive the recovery of Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo populations (and those of other threatened black-cockatoos) in Western Australia.

BirdLife Australia

https://birdlife.org.au/news/hollows-old-and-new/

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January 04, 2023

Black Cockatoo Crisis

Black Cockatoo Crisis

Western Australia’s three species of south west black cockatoo are in trouble. Unless we change the way we manage their habitat we will lose these unique birds to extinction in less than 20 years.

https://www.blackcockatoocrisis.com.au/

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The CockyWatch road survey

The CockyWatch road survey

CockyWatch road surveys are a citizen science initiative that will help us find out more about the black-cockatoos of the South West. These birds are threatened at both a state and national level, but there are no robust estimates of their population size – a real problem for cockatoo researchers – but with CockyWatch, you can help expand our knowledge about these charismatic birds.

https://birdlife.org.au/events/cockywatch/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=BirdLife%20WA%20eNews%20%204%20January%202023&utm_content=BirdLife%20WA%20eNews%20%204%20January%202023+CID_07dfe20da9cfffc8a8d48e7c5e23d6c1&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=BirdLifes%20CockyWatch%20surveys

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December 14, 2022

URGENT please comment re Gnangara pine plantation & Carnaby's black cockatoos by Monday 19th December 5pm

Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos (Ngolyenok) are a Western Australian icon. These incredible birds were once so prevalent that flocks could black out the skies of Perth as they migrated from their coastal habitat out to the Wheatbelt in search of ancient Eucalypts to nest in.

But, over the last decade, their population has plummeted by nearly 40% due to the destruction of their feeding habitat in the Perth-Peel Coastal Plain. Now these iconic cockies are listed as Endangered and are on a path to extinction if we continue with business as usual.

Can you take action to protect one of their few remaining strong holds?

Read our Supporter Guide for tips on how to
add your comments at the WA EPA website
From today, the WA Environmental Protection Authority is receiving public comments on a governmental plan that could permanently destroy vital feeding habitat for Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos in the Gnangara pine plantations, just north of Perth.

After the removal of two thirds of Perth’s Banksia woodlands Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos changed their diets and now heavily rely on the pine plantations for food and roost sites.

Results from recent Great Cocky Count surveys have found that up to 70% of all Carnaby's in the Perth-Peel Coastal Plain are concentrated in the Gnangara pine plantation.

The WA Government’s plan would escalate the clearing of the Gnangara pine plantation without considering the impacts on Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos.

Can you use our handy guide below to add your comments and let the WA EPA know feeding habitat for Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos must be protected?

Comments are due by Monday the 19th December at 5:00PM and its important that the WA EPA hears from as many people as possible so they know that the public is concerned about this issue.

Together we can make a difference for our birds,
Merryn Pryor
WA Black-Cockatoo Project Officer

Gnangara Pines Supporter Guide, with photo: Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo by Nathan Watson
How to make a submission:

Visit the WA EPA comment survey.
Add your name, contact email, organisation you represent (if relevant, you can put personal otherwise) and postal address.
Indicate that your preferred option for decision by the EPA is: Assess – Public environmental review.
Add a few comments about why you care about this issue and why you think the EPA must assess the plan (see suggestions below).
Indicate in your comments that there must be an immediate moratorium on pine harvesting until a final decision is made.
Indicate if you would like to be notified when the final amendment is approved.
Submit your comments.
Suggested Comments you could make:

The destruction of the Gnangara pine plantations would have a significant impact on Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos (Ngolyenoks) because:
The population in the Perth-Peel region has already declined 35% in a ten-year period.
Over two thirds of their banksia woodland feeding habitat has been cleared.
The Gnangara pines hold up to 70% of the Perth-Peel population in the non-breeding season and is an important roosting and feeding habitat.
The Gnangara pines hold up to 70% of the Perth-Peel population in the non-breeding season and is an important roosting and feeding habitat.
Studies show that the destruction of the Gnangara pines would result in an additional reduction of the Perth-Peel population by 56%.
Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos (Ngolyenoks) are nationally-listed as Endangered under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
The Federal Government’s recently released 2022-2032 Threatened Species Action Plan lists Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos (Ngolyenoks) as one of 22 priority bird species where efforts will be focused to reduce the risk of their extinction.
Previous Forest Management Plans failed to assess the impact of the destruction of pine feeding habitat on Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos.
The Strategic Assessment of the Perth and Peel Regions has been deferred indefinitely and thus the destruction of the pine feeding habitat will not be formally assessed through that process.
A formal assessment would ensure proper accountability of the State government for the impact of the destruction of pine feeding habitat on Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos (Ngolyenoks).
A formal assessment would allow public participation in decision-making. This is important because of the failure of previous Forest Management Plans to address the impact and the failure of the Strategic Assessment of the Perth and Peel Regions to reach an outcome, despite being commenced in 2011.
There must be an immediate cessation of harvesting of pine in the Gnangara plantations while a thorough assessment is conducted. Destruction of Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo (Ngolyenok) feeding habitat must stop now or they risk starvation.

Visit the WA EPA website
to add your comments

https://go.birdlife.org.au/webmail/946822/969646872/ad5d77e1cb97e31031bc233bb7876b44feed8915d266d53b5c1b609990ff2c12

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September 22, 2022

July 24, 2022

Baudin's Black Cockatoos CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

It's official, Baudin's Black Cockatoos are now listed in the IUCN Red List as CRITICALLY ENDANGERED.

https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22684727/210840935

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May 03, 2022

A Thousand Cuts - Report

An extremely interesting read highlighting the dire plight of the 3 endangered black cockatoos and their habitat which is at increased threat of being destroyed by mining. In fact, mining is the No1 threat to destruction of their habitat.

WA’s peak environment and forest conservation groups have published this report to provide information and analysis regarding the impacts of bauxite mining in the Northern Jarrah Forests. The Northern Jarrah Forests are one of a handful of Australian ecosystems under particular threat of collapse due to climate change. They are highly diverse and home to an incredible number and variety of plants and animals as well as being vital to water quality and supply for the Perth metropolitan region and South West forests.
West Australians are increasingly concerned with the protection of this magnificent place. The report provides both an overview and high level of detail on the region and the threat posed by proposed mining expansions.
It will assist in advocacy, research and communication as we work towards the protection of the Northern
Jarrah Forests in secure conservation areas.

https://wafa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/A-Thousand-Cuts-NJF-Report-FINAL.pdf?utm_source=Website&utm_medium=pdf&utm_campaign=NJF&fbclid=IwAR182QnCFZOiK3GHbmmiFKCl8k7sd8nZoaDlxDaagx-owUvyTyYavrDezUA

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March 17, 2022

Carnaby's breaks record

Carnaby’s breaks record

The Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo of Western Australia is a migratory species, undertaking regular seasonal movements each year, heading from drier inland areas of the state towards the coast as the cooler weather sets in.

Although the timing of these movements is reasonably predictable, the distance that these birds fly is less so, with most birds flying no further than 150 kilometres or so between breeding grounds and their near-coastal wintering areas. Indeed, according to the ABBBS database, the longest-recorded distance ever flown by a Carnaby’s was 169 kilometres, between the grounds of Murdoch University in Perth and Boyanup State Forest, in the state’s far south.

However, a keen observer recently saw (and photographed) a Carnaby’s on a farming property in the Chapman Valley, in the state’s Midwest. The bird had previously been fitted with an individual metal band on its leg, and by closely examining the photographs taken of the bird, it was possible to make out the individual numbers engraved on the leg-band, and thus determine the identity of the cocky. It didn’t take too much more investigation to discover that the bird was far from Coomallo, north of Perth, where it had been banded — 200 kilometres away! A new world record!

If you'd like to contribute to Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo conservation, why not register to take part in this year's Great Cocky Count, to take place on Sunday 3 April. Registrations close on 13 March.

That's not all we're doing to save Carnaby's Black-Cockatoos. BirdLife Australia has joined with other organisations to mount a campaign to protect Carnaby's and other threatened black-cockatoos in Western Australia.

Western Australia’s peak environmental groups, scientists, doctors and Indigenous Elders have launched a campaign to ‘Save The Black Cockatoos’ with a petition handover to the Minister for Environment Reece Whitby and Labor MLC Stephen Pratt at Parliament House, which took place on Tuesday 22-2-22. Stephen Pratt agreed to submit the petition to the Upper House.

Unfortunately, an accompanying rally that had been planned for the day had to be cancelled due to COVID 19.

Birdlife Australia, The WA Forest Alliance, The Conservation Council of WA, The Wilderness Society and the Urban Bushland Council are calling for an investigation into why current ‘Recovery Plans’ are not being instigated, leading to a massive loss of habitat and drop in numbers of black-cockatoos.

So degraded and reduced is the natural habitat of the black-cockatoos, they have moved into plantations to find sufficient food to survive. Birdlife Australia’s Black-Cockatoo Recovery Manager, Rochelle Steven, said that hundreds of Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos currently obtain half of their food from the Gnangara pine plantation, but despite their reliance on this food source, the last few thousand hectares of pines in the plantation are due to be chopped down over the next 2 years — without being replaced with banksia woodland, or any other alternative food source.

“Removing this food supply could result in a massive starvation event,” she said.

https://birdlife.org.au/media/carnabys-breaks-record/

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