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The Carnaby’s black cockatoo population is declining by about 10 per cent a year and they are in danger of becoming extinct. Picture: JENNIE STOCK

Black cockatoo workshop in Kalamunda

THE Great Cocky Count is on again in April and in the lead up to this great event the Shire of Kalamunda is running a Great Cocky Count workshop on Wednesday, February 22 to help people prepare for the special night.

Once a year volunteers head to cocky hotspots across south western WA to count the birds as they fly in to roost around sunset.

The information gathered at the annual event tells researchers at BirdLife Australia how Western Australia’s endangered black-cockatoos are faring in the area, and guides BirdLife Australia’s actions to protect these endangered birds.

The February workshop will teach participants about black cockatoo conservation and how to identify cockatoos in the wild.

BirdLife Australia’s Carnaby’s black-cockatoo project coordinator Adam Peck who is organising this year’s Great Cocky Count was a great way for people to get involved in citizen science and conservation.

“Once people take part in the Great Cocky Count, they want to come back year after year, and they often bring their friends,” he said.

“Last year more than 700 people took part, and this year we’d like to see even more.

“The more volunteers participate, the better we can understand how the cockies are doing throughout the state.

“You don’t need any experience to be a part of the Great Cocky Count—all you need to do is register and we’ll allocate a roost site for you to visit.

“We’ll also provide all the information you’ll need to be a Great Cocky Counter.”

Previous counts have shown the population of Carnaby’s black cockatoos around Perth is declining at 10 per cent a year, and they’re in danger of becoming extinct.

The workshop runs from 6pm to 8pm at the Gooseberry Hill multi-use facility, 42 Ledger Rd, Gooseberry Hill.

RSVP by 20 February  20 as places are limited – contact the Shire of Kalamunda on 9257 9999 or email environment@kalamunda.wa.gov.au

The Great Cocky Count is on Sunday, April 9 and registrations close on Friday, March 19 – sign up at www.birdlife.org.au/projects/southwest-black-cockatoo-recovery/great-cocky-count-swbc

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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