09001c: Protecting nesting sites of the Carnaby's black-cockatoo
It takes more than 100 years to create a tree hollow suitable for a nesting Carnaby's black-cockatoo. Clearing and fragmentation of remnant vegetation throughout the south-west of WA is threatening the survival of the cockatoo by reducing nesting sites and limiting the availability of food.
With funding from the State NRM Program, the Department of Environment and Conservation surveyed feeding, roosting and nesting sites of the cockatoo, and mapped and assessed the success of artificial nest boxes.
Fact sheets to guide the design, installation and maintenance of artificial nest boxes and the planting and management of vegetation for the benefit of the cockatoos were produced.
The aims of the project were to:
- identify habitat critical to the survival of the cockatoo
- provide the government and community with information on how nesting, roosting and feeding sites can be enhanced to preserve the cockatoo.
|Investment:||$ 250 000|
|Delivery organisation:||Department of Environment and Conservation|
|Project duration:||January 2010 - June 2010|
|Location:||Swan and Avon NRM regions, with an emphasis on the Swan Coastal Plain|
Major project achievements
- Nesting, roosting and feeding sites of Carnaby's cockatoos throughout the Swan Coastal Plain and Avon NRM region surveyed
- List of priority sites identified.
- Critical habitat that would benefit from further protection or rehabilitation identified.
- More than 300 (311) artificial nest hollows located and assessed.
- Three fact sheets produced to guide the use, design, placement, monitoring and management of artificial nest hollows for Carnaby's cockatoos.
- Detailed advice on the best range of native and exotic plants that can be used in remedial plantings for the benefit of Carnaby's cockatoo, and the management of these plantings, published in an interactive search tool on the department's website.
Birds Australia, Western Australian Museum