Birdlife Australia and the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Recovery Team are urging the public to get involved in this year’s annual count for the endangered South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, which will be held on Saturday, May 3.
“Each year we rely on a wonderful team of volunteers to help search for the cockatoos in stringybark habitats across their range in the south-east of South Australia and south-west Victoria,” said Bronwyn Perryman, project coordinator of the recovery program.
Volunteers who register for the count will be allocated an area in stringybark forest, where they can drive along forest tracks and stop to listen for the birds’ distinctive calls. “We are also encouraging landholders with stringybark on their property to join in the fun and register to search their own land on the day,” Bronwyn said.
Search areas are scattered from Keith to Mount Gambier in South Australia and Nelson to Little Desert National Park in Victoria. You can request a particular area to search when you register, or nominate to search your own property.
“Our only recommendation is that you travel in a 4WD, as most sites contain at least some sandy or muddy tracks, but if you are in a 2WD, let us know when you register and we’ll find a suitable site for you.”
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