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ECU welcomes new Carnabys Black Cockatoos

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

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ECU is delighted that the Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos have chosen their artificial hollows located around their Joondalup campus as a safe place to breed. Four new nestlings have been identified, as part of an on-going monitoring program. This is a collaboration, bringing together expertise and interest from partners from across WA including: Simon Cherriman (Wedge-tailed eagle research and Environment Educator and Filmmaker); Peter Mawson (Perth Zoo); Neil Hamilton (DBCA); ECU Alumni Candice Le Roux (Community Tree Officer, City of Stirling and Volunteer Coordinator and Trainer of the Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo program); Casper Avenant and Ryan Carter (ECU HDR research students and ECU volunteers for the ECU Cockatoo monitoring program). During November and December, experts worked together to expertly traverses trees to gently retrieve the nestlings from the hollows, where, one by one, they undertook a health check, were banded and samples taken for future genetic analysis. The monitoring and banding of the nestlings was timed to occur when the parents were away from the nest and after the chicks had been fed during the morning, to minimise disturbance. We are happy to report that following the day’s monitoring and checks, all nestlings are in good health.

Thanks go to all the experts and enthused volunteers who give their time, resource and support to this important program, including funding from the ECU School of Science executive.

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