Murdoch University’s Environmental Program Manager Caroline Minton said numbers of cockatoos have periodically increased on campus as nearby habitat has been cleared.
“As their natural habitat decreases the birds are desperately seeking food, shelter and breeding sites,” Ms Minton said.
“The expansion of black cockatoo habitat on campus is critical to their long-term survival.
“The money will allow us to conserve and restore key feeding and breeding habitat, including fencing, weeding and re-vegetating key roost and breeding sites. It will also allow us to maintain nest tubes and plant new trees to provide the cockatoos with more food and shelter.”
In May last year a Red-tailed Black Cockatoo used a nest box to breed. This was the first time a black cockatoo has bred in the Perth metropolitan area.
“When our first chick hatched around May last year it was a huge milestone in the University’s plan to protect the endangered cockatoos,” Ms Minton said.
“We hope that with this additional funding we can built on our success.”