15186: Habitat Restoration and Protection for Endangered Black Cockatoos
Three conservation reserves at Murdoch University's (MU) South Street campus enclosed within the Beeliar Regional Park provide significant roosts, feed sites and flight paths for the Federally-listed endangered Carnaby's Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus (Zanda) latirostris) and the threatened Forest Red-tailed Black Cockatoo (FRTBC) (Calyptorhynchus (Calyptorhynchus) banksii). The clearing of mature habitat suitable for roosting, nesting, and foraging of these species continues to occur within the region, highlighting the ongoing importance of these reserves for black cockatoo conservation. The area supports additional fauna species including the Quenda (Isoodon obesulus) (a 'Conservation Dependent' Priority species), Long-Neck Turtles (Chelodina oblonga) and the internationally protected Rainbow Bee-Eater (Merops (Merops) ornatus), as well as large populations of smaller birds, reptiles and invertebrates. The project area also contains many species of orchids and the rare fungi Pink-gilled Amanita (Amanita carneiphylla).
Within these sites weed surveys have identified several aggressive weed species which are likely to spread from surrounding areas and can potentially out-compete native species. Infestations of the European House Borer (EHB) (Hylotrupes bajulus) have also been identified in nearby areas,spread of this pest to the reserves would result in the felling of much needed food sources and nesting sites for Carnaby's Black Cockatoos. Climate change is also a significant threat to these species.
This project will conserve, restore, and expand key feeding, breeding, and roosting habitats for Carnaby's Black Cockatoo and FRTBC through a range of activities: EHB management of mature pines; weed control; provenance-correct re-vegetation stock for cockatoo habitat protection and expansion; maintenance of 19 artificial cockatoo nest-tubes, manual watering will aslo be done in hot weather in order to mitigate climate change.
|Investment:||$ 50 000|
|In-kind contribution:||$ 108 350|
|Delivery organisation:||Murdoch Environmental Restoration Group (MERG)|
|Project duration:||January 2016 - June 2017|
Major project achievements
- completed weeding of targeted species in key areas
- planted approximately1400 native seedlings with community assistance
- cleaned and maintained 12 nest tubes and replaced 3 with newer, larger and lighter models.
- entered partnership with Men of the Trees to carry out seed collection and processing for campus species, building on the existing seed bank for future planting.
Bush Rangers, Rossmoyne Senior High School