Setting up Nesting Boxes
The Lachlan Fold Wildlife Action Group (LFWAG) has been active in building and installing nest boxes designed with the Glossy Black Cockatoo in mind. The nest boxes provide alternative nesting sites to large tree hollows that are becoming les readily available. The nest boxes are constructed from recycled plastics and the design incorporates wooden chew stick to give an indication of whether the birds are using the boxes.
To date the group has built 70 nest boxes and installed 32. We plan to have 120 boxes built and installed over a three-year period.
Members of the LFWAG made a trip to Kangaroo Island to spend time with the Kangaroo Island Glossy Black Cockatoo Recovery Project Group to study their methods with particular interest in their on-going monitoring processes. Our group is working on recording sightings of the Glossy Black Cockatoo in our area to try to establish the size of the population. We are also in the process of making a photo album of female head markings to enable us to track the birds, as the head markings are unique to each bird.
Seed Collection and Tree Planting
Following a workshop at Lake Cowal Conservation Centre, members of the LFWAG have collected a diverse range of local native plant seed. The seed is to be used to reconnect and expand the extent of native vegetation in the Lachlan catchment - one of the most cleared and fragmented agricultural regions of Australia. It will also be used for revegetation projects on private and public land in the LFWAG area.
Students and teachers from Griffith High and Naradhan Public Schools took part in a tree planting project north of Rankins Springs. 320 Drooping She Oak (Casuarina) seedlings were planted along a stretch of land between two larger forested areas. The aim was to provide a wildlife corridor for small birds, mammals and reptiles to travel safely between the forested areas.
Monitoring Wildlife Activity
The LFWAG is committed to conserving this spectacular but elusive species for the future. Reporting sightings helps us to establish the size of the Glossy Black community and their range throughout our region.
Our group would like your help in establishing the size of the population of these birds as well as the health of their food source and health of the large hollow trees they need for nesting.
If you see any Glossy Black Cockatoos could you please either email or phone us with the following information that will remain confidential:
Number of birds seen
Date and time seen
Location of sighting (eg Property name, landmarks if roadside, GPS)
Drooping She-Oak Population
Phone: Rodney Guest 02 6966 1295
Helen & Mark Dwyer 02 6966 1130
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