Staff from the Kangaroo Island Landscape Board are currently counting and placing leg bands on this year’s glossy black-cockatoo nestlings. This year’s leg banding study is part of a long-term monitoring program. Each glossy black-cockatoo banded on Kangaroo Island has a unique number on it, meaning these glossies can be identified throughout their life by reading the number using a high powered spotting scope or camera with a good zoom lens.
Mary Retallack from Kangaroo Islands Eco-Vineyards accompanied internationally renowned expert and key speaker Mary Cole (Agpath) to present a healthy soils seminar at Bay of Shoals Winery. The day was aimed at exploring alternative soil management practices to increase soil health and was a hit with the locals.
The Kangaroo Island Landscape Board is launching a high tech, easy-to-use wireless trap monitoring system using Encounter Solutions’ Celium technology on Kangaroo Island to help trap feral cats and assist native species and farmers recover from the devastating impacts of the 2019-20 black summer bushfires.
The Kangaroo Island Landscape Board’s native oyster reef restoration project is well underway with construction due to begin this autumn in coastal waters near Kingscote and American River. These reefs will create a structure for native ‘angasi’ oysters to grow, and provide habitat for recreational fishers to target their favourite species, such as King George whiting and southern calamari.
Help is at hand for land managers recovering from the impacts of high rainfall and flooding across the state with expert advice available from South Australia’s landscape boards and the Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA).