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Check out the chicks!

News release
16 September 2015

The Glossy Black-cockatoo Recovery Program is seeking volunteers to assist with flock counts of this nationally endangered cockatoo sub-species on Kangaroo Island during 25‒27 September 2015. The counts help in estimating the cockatoo’s population size on Kangaroo Island, and also verify the survival of nestlings from this year’s breeding season by identifying and counting juveniles.

The South Australian glossy black-cockatoo was present on the Fleurieu Peninsula and in the Southern Mt Lofty Ranges, however a loss of habitat due to land clearance and fire caused this species to decline rapidly on the mainland. Kangaroo Island is now home to the last remaining population. The Recovery Program’s activities have helped maintain the growth in glossy black-cockatoo numbers from the estimated 200 in 1995 to the 350 at present.

This is a great opportunity to view these birds with their young of the year and learn more about their habits and life-cycle. No experience is necessary as training is provided.

Volunteers need to be available from about 2pm to dusk on one or more days.

Times and locations

Friday 25 September – Middle River Region 3:30pm onwardsSaturday 26 September – Stokes Bay 3:30pm onwardsSunday 27 September – American River/Penneshaw 3:30pm onwards

If you would like to volunteer please contact us.

The Glossy Black-cockatoo Recovery Program is funded by the Australian Government.