Another funding boost for cockatoos

February 20, 2012

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A Murdoch University group has been given $20,000 to help conserve the endangered black cockatoo.

The Murdoch Environmental Restoration Group (MERG) has received the Caring for our Country Community Action grant from the Australian Government.

The funding will be put towards measures to retain and expand the flocks of endangered Carnaby’s and Forest Red-tailed Black Cockatoos that frequent the University campus.

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.”

MERG has previously received funding from the Department of Environment and Conservation and was able to install tube nest boxes designed by the WA Museum.

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.”

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