Help Murdoch University’s Carnaby’s

March 29, 2012

Murdoch University is calling on volunteers to record the number of Carnaby’s cockatoos on the South Street campus as part of this year’s Great Cocky Count.

The University’s Sustainability Officer, Leah Knapp, said it was important to survey the cockatoos to get an idea of whether their numbers are declining or recovering.

“Multiple volunteers are needed to observe roost sites on campus and count the number of Carnaby’s cockatoos using the sites,” Ms Knapp said.

The Great Cocky Count, which will be held from 5pm to 7pm on Sunday, April 15, is an annual survey of Carnaby’s cockatoo roost sites across the Perth metropolitan area.

It is organised by BirdLife Australia and the Department of Environment and Conservation and helps determine the size of the cockatoo population in the greater Perth region.

“We’ll be briefing volunteers on the night but we are also offering training prior to the Count so that surveyors are giving us the best possible data and are able to tell a Carnaby’s from other types of birds,” Ms Knapp said.

Training to identify the Carnaby’s will take place on April 3 from 4.30pm to 7pm and will include a site visit to practise identification and counting.

Murdoch University has been encouraging the roosting of Carnaby’s cockatoos at the South St campus.

“Over the last few years we have received grants to purchase and install nest boxes, and plant more trees that Carnaby’s like to feed on,” Ms Knapp said.

“We’re also working to identify and protect those areas where the birds roost in the long term.”

Volunteers interested in participating in the Great Cocky Count at South Street campus and the Carnaby’s identification training should register by contacting Leah Knapp by email or 9360 6361.

To take part in the Great Cocky Count in other metropolitan areas, please register your interest with BirdLife Australia by email or phone Tamara Kabat on 0457 333 177.

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