We had some very important guests at Spearwood Library on Thursday 13 August at the Black Cockatoos – Facing extinction Lunch and Listen Event.

Chasey the Black Cockatoo  who was hit by a car and rehabilitated at the Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre bought along his ‘minders’  Jill and Nora.

Chasey impressed all  with his considerable gum nut cracking skills and posed for a photo shoot with City of Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett.

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett meets Chasey the Black Cockatoo

Mayor Logan Howlett meets Chasey the Black Cockatoo (with Jill and Nora from Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre )

Jill an Environmental Officer from the Centre passed on some fascinating facts about the Black Cockatoos and the problems faced by these beautiful birds such as :

  • Loss of habitat from forest clearing and fires.
  • Nest site competition from feral European honey bees.
  • In the past large numbers were shot by orchardists and while shooting is illegal, sadly it still occurs today.
  •  Vehicle strikes.

What can we do?

  • Plant a native  garden which will provide some habitat for the dwindling  black cockatoos  populations
  • Slow down if you see a bird or flocks near the road – they are slow to take off because of their size
  • Support Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre  by volunteering or donation
  • Contact Kaarakin (9390 2288) if you find an injured or sick black cockatoo in need of care.
  • Report shooting or poaching to the Department of Parks and Wildlife (1800 449 453).

Department of Parks and Wildlife have produced a list of native plant species (pdf)  that Carnaby’s black cockatoos will feed off and which can be planted in the home garden. Baudin’s and Forest red-tailed black cockatoos will forage on many of these native species as well.

People living within the City of Cockburn can improve native habitat in their garden with the:

  • Native Plant Subsidy Scheme (May each year)
  • Habitat for Homes program including a bird bath rebate

For more information on environmental grants and subsidies visit www.cockburn.wa.gov.au/environment

Listen below to the podcast of the event.

Example of a small home garden planted with many of the native plant species from Jill's List.

Example of a small home garden planted with many of the native plant species from the list.

 

[Post Updated – 19 August 2015: Podcast embedded, photo of Mayor added, attribution to Department of Parks and Wildlife for the plant list included, and information about the of City of Cockburn Environment Services added]