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  • Mike Sverns

    Join us for the 2017 Annual Cocky Count

    The Recovery Team and BirdLife Australia are seeking volunteers to assist with the 2017 annual count for Red-tails, which will be held on Saturday 6 May. More
  • Bronwyn Perryman

    Visit us at the 2017 Lucindale Field Days

    The Red-tail Recovery Project will again be attending the South East Field Days, which will be held in Lucindale 17 -18 March 2017.

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  • Kerry Gilkes

    Lucindale Area School Planting Feed Trees for Cockies

    Lucindale Area School 4/5 class started their stringybark project in 2015 when they collected stringybark nuts and dried them in brown paper bags on their window sill at school. More
  • Doug Phillips

    Increasing Critical Food Supply

    Greening Australia supported by the Australian Government through the National Landcare Programme have rolled out a major revegetation effort this year in two geographic areas on public land managed by the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). More
  • Photo credit: Bob McPherson

    Urgent call for nests

    The Recovery Team and BirdLife Australia are urging the public to report all nests of the endangered South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo. More
  • Vale Dick Cooper

    The SERTBC Recovery Team was very saddened to hear of the passing of our long-term Red-tail Volunteer and number one supporter Dick Cooper on Sunday 8 May. More
  • Luke Leddy

    Seeking reports of flocks

    The Recovery Team and BirdLife Australia are seeking further sightings of flocks of the endangered South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo over July this year. More
  • Scouting for Red-tails

    Over the weekend the Casterton Scout group were treated to a talk and walk for the endangered South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo. More
  • Photo credit: Mike Sverns

    Cockies prove difficult to find

    More than 150 volunteers helped celebrate 20 years of counting cockies as part of this year’s annual count for the endangered South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, which was held last month on Saturday 7 May. More
  • Michael Waters

    Calling Counters for twentieth year of counting cockies!

    The Recovery Team and BirdLife Australia are again seeking volunteers to assist with the 2016 annual count for the endangered SE Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, which will be held on Saturday 7 May. More
  • Bob McPherson

    New footage of female feeding chick

    The Recovery Team has received amazing new video footage of a female South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo feeding its chick at a nest site in Drajurk State Forest (near Casterton), thanks to avid wildlife photographer Bob McPherson.  

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  • Tim Burnard

    Report your cocky sightings!

    The Recovery Team and BirdLife Australia are again urging the public to report all sightings of the endangered South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo in preparation for the 2016 annual count, which will be held on Saturday 7 May. More
  • Bob McPherson

    Latest Media Release: 'Public urged to help locate Red-tail nests'

    The Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Recovery Team and BirdLife Australia are again calling on the public to help locate new nest sites of the endangered South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (SERTBC). More
  • Photo thanks to Toni Domaschenz from the West Wimmera Advocate

    Spotlight on Red-tail Art Exhibition

    The Red Tail Art Gallery and the Kowree Farm Tree Group are thrilled with the success of last month’s Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo themed Art Exhibition. The Gallery received around 50 entries from paintings, photographs, sculptures, carvings, films, quilt-work to various forms of kid’s craft. More
  • Red-tail Kites for Sale

    Looking for a great Christmas gift for the kids? A Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Kite might just be the answer. More
  • Aspley Primary School students learning about Red-tails. Photo: Tanya Turner

    Kids creating habitat for Cockies

    Over the last month the Kowree Farm Tree Group has been working with local schools to propagate stringybark for the nationally endangered South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, as part of the new ‘Kids creating habitat for Cockies’ project.

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  • Geoffery Dabb

    Australian Geographic raises cash for cockies

    The Australian Geographic Society has helped to raise just over $12000 cash for recovery efforts for the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo. Photo: Geoffery Dabb

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  • Bob McPherson

    Incentives for nests

    Incentive payments are again being offered for the discovery of new nest sites of the endangered South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo. More
  • Zoos SA supporting Red-tails

    Since January 2011 the Recovery Team and BirdLife Australia have been working in partnership with Zoos SA (Royal Zoological Society of South Australia) to manage and improve habitat conditions and build community capacity and support for the conservation and recovery of the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (SERTBC). More
  • Gallery seeks Red-tail art exhibits

    The Red Tail Art Gallery in conjunction with the Kowree Farm Tree Group are seeking exhibits for a ‘Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo’ themed Art Exhibition. More
  • Female SERTBC photographed on the day by volunteer Mike Sverns

    'Karak-ing' cocky count

    More than 135 volunteers participating in the range-wide search for the endangered South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo have helped to locate over 1500 birds in stringybark country across the South-east of South Australia and South-West Victoria.

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  • Photo Rachel Farran

    Calling all cocky counters

    The 2015 annual count for the endangered South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo is fast approaching, with the count to be held on Saturday 2 May.

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  • Cash for Cockies

    For the months of March and April Australian Geographic are raising some much needed funds for threatened Black-Cockatoos across the country, including our very own South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo. More
  • Scattered Paddock stringybark

    Paddock tree plantings to help Red-tails

    Interested in creating more food for Red-tails, but can’t afford to fence off large areas to do so? Then the factsheet ‘Paddock tree plantings to help Red-tails’ may be for you. More
  • Burning threatens the SERTBC food suppy

    A new brief covering the impacts of burning on the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (SERTBC) has been prepared and is available for download by clicking here. The brief provides an overview of the current situation facing the SERTBC as a result of increased burning of key stringybark habitats across Victoria.

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  • Wildlife celebrity Chris Humfreys to visit Henley on Lake Wallace in Edenhope

    Chris Humfrys, a wildlife expert and television celebrity, will be coming to Henley in 2015 to share his amazing hand-reared wildlife collection. Chris, who owns his own zoo, is so passionate about Australia’s wildlife that the ABC3 have a television show ‘Chris Humfreys wildlife’ all about his crazy family life.

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  • Stringybark seedlings grown by Portland North Primary School Students. Picture Mel Holtz

    Seed Collecting with Portland North Primary School

    Last week students from Portland North Primary School participated in an in-classroom seed collection activity to collect seed for a school revegetation project for the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo.

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  • 2015 BirdLife Australia Calendar - Now Available

    Australia’s birds are delightful—whether they’re gliding through the sky, splashing around in a birdbath, or whistling a song outside your window in the early morning, their beauty is inspiring and their antics truly charming. And with the 2015 BirdLife Australia wall calendar now available you can enjoy them in your home all year long.

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  • Launching our ‘new-look’ website

    A 'new-look' website for the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo.

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  • Helping to secure a brighter future for our Red-tails

    The south-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo is one of the region’s most iconic endangered bird species.  Covering a range of around 18,000km2 from Nelson to Little Desert National Park in South West Victoria and from Mount Gambier to Keith in South Australia, the cockatoo has captured the attention and heart of many local communities, paving its way as one of the most well-known flagship species in the region. More
  • Incentives continue for the discovery of new nest sites

    Incentives are again been offered to landholders and members of the public for the discovery of new nest sites of the endangered South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo. More
  • New Observation & Photography Guidelines for Red-tails

    New guidelines have been developed for the safe observation and photography of Red-tails.

     

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  • Endangered cocky captivates students...

    Back on the 26th of March this year I had the absolute pleasure to talk about our endangered South-eastern Red-tailed Black Cockatoos to some very enthusiastic students from Dimboola Primary School, which is located in the Wimmera between Nhill and Horsham in Victoria.

    Year 3 students from Dimboola Primary School thoroughly enjoyed learning all about the endangered South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo.

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  • Photo: Bob McPherson

    Cockies prove elusive during this year’s annual count

    Despite over a thousand endangered South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos having been reported in BirdLife’s Australia’s and the Recovery Team’s annual cocky count earlier this month, the total number of birds recorded is down on previous years.

    Photo: Bob McPherson

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  • Counters and sightings wanted for Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Annual Count

    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 3 May 2014.

    Photo: Steve Bourne

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  • South East Field Days - March 21 & 22

    The South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Recovery Project will again be attending the 36th Annual South East Field Days at Yakka Park, Lucindale on the 21 & 22 March 2014.


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  • 2014 Red-tail Annual Count - 3 May 2014

    With another new year comes the chance to get involved in the upcoming annual count for the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo. This year the count will be held on Saturday 3 May across the cockatoo’s range in the South East of South Australia and South-west Victoria.

    Pair of SE Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos. Photo Bob McPherson.

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  • Ties to support cocky recovery

    Australian Designer Patrick McMurray supports recovery efforts through the design and sale of a luxury silk tie featuring the Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo.

    Photo: Patrick McMurray

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  • Merry Christmas!

    On behalf of the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Recovery Team I would like to wish all our volunteers, project partners and supporters a very Merry Christmas and safe and enjoyable New Year. We look forward to your support in 2014.

    Kind regards, Bronwyn

    Image taken by Bob McPherson

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  • 1500+ trees for Red-tails

    Just over two weeks ago seventy six students from Tenison Woods College in Mount Gambier spent a good part of the morning potting over 1500 tubes as part of the school’s latest project to help re-create habitat for one of the region’s most endangered birds, the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo.


    Year 3 Tenison Woods College students planting stringybark seeds for Red-tails.

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  • More funding for ‘Kids helping Cockies’ Project

    The Recovery Team and BirdLife Australia have secured more funds to extend the 'Kids helping Cockies' Project over 2013-14. This will see a continuation of our work with local schools to grow stringybark for Red-tails.


    Tenison Woods College Studens planting stringybark seed.

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  • Red-tail Display at St Mary's Open Garden

    This weekend (9th and 10th November) the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Recovery Project will have a small display as part of the St Mary’s Open Garden Weekend.


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  • Seeking New Nests

    BirdLife Australia and the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Recovery Team are again urging landholders and members of the public to report any information on the location of new nest sites of the endangered South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo.

    Female and chick at entrance of nest hollow. Photo Bob McPherson.

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  • In Appreciation

    On behalf of the South-eastern Red-tailed Recovery Team and BirdLife Australia we would like to sincerely thank Reidy Park Primary School and Oakvale Farm and Fauna World for their generous donations towards the South-eastern Red-tailed Black Cockatoo Recovery Project.

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  • Volunteer Profile - Dick Cooper

    The South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Recovery Program relies heavily on the support and ongoing assistance of our volunteers, who continue to play a key role in the delivery of recovery activities for the cockatoo. We have established a huge observer network over many years and developed strong ties with local supporters who frequently assist with collecting and recording field data and observations as part of the program.
    To honour and acknowledge all their hard work, love and dedication in helping the plight of this colourful cockatoo, in each edition of Red-tail News we will introduce some of our most dedicated volunteers, starting with one of the longest serving, Mr Dick Cooper.

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  • Reporting sightings

    Have you seen any Red-tails lately? The Red-tail Recovery Team is always keen to hear of sightings of Red-tails, no matter how big or small they might be, across their range in south-eastern SA and south-western Victoria.

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  • Kids Helping Cockies Project

    Over the last four months, Project Staff from the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Recovery Program have been on the road visiting students at a number of South East SA Schools to talk about the endangered South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, as part of the ‘Kids helping Cockies helping Cockies Project’.

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  • Lucindale Area School receives funding for school nursery

    Lucindale Area School has been successful in receiving a $2000 South East Natural Resource Management Board (SENRMB) Grant to establish a school nursery to grow stringybarks for Red-tails, all thanks to the ‘Kids helping Cockies’ project.

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  • Flock Counts 2013

    Since early May, Tim Burnard has been kept very busy roaming the Red-tail range to underake this year's flock counts. Read on to find out the results...

    Male tail feather (left) and female/juvenile barred-tail feather (right). 

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  • Winners Announced: Red-tail Art & Story Competition

    Winners of the Red-tail Art & Story Competition have now been announced online.

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  • Cocky count results for 2013

    More than 130 volunteers participated on Saturday 4 May as part of the 2013 Annual Count for the endangered South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo.

    Image: Bob McPherson

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  • Last Chance to Register for 2013 Red-tail Annual Count

    The 2013 South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Annual Count will be held next Saturday 4 May 2013. There are several sites still available so please REGISTER NOW to secure a spot.

    Photo: Melanie Plummer

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  • Red-tail Sightings Wanted in Preparation for 2013 Annual Count!

    Have you seen a Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo lately? If so, the Recovery Team wants to hear about it!

    Photo: Bob McPherson 2012

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  • Annual Count Training Sessions

    Two annual count training sessions to be held in Casterton and Struan, Saturday 4th May 2013.

    Photo: Bob McPherson 2012
     

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  • Win a Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Commemorative Coin

    BirdLife Australia and the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Recovery Team are thrilled to offer our readers the chance to win one of four beautifully crafted Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Commemorative Coins, all thanks to The Perth Mint, as part of our Red-tail Art and Story Competition.

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  • Date announced for the 2013 South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Annual Count

    The date for the 2013 South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Annual Count is set for Saturday 4th May. Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to grab out their binoculars, jump in their 4WD’s and join in the fun to search for one of the region's most endangered local's, the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo.

    Photo: Bob McPherson

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  • Cockies gain currency

    The charismatic Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo is the first of five species of Australian Birds to feature in a new series of commemorative coins produced by The Perth Mint.

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  • Seven Red-tail Nests Discovered in South West Victoria

    Seven nests of the endangered South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo have been found on a landholder’s property in south-western Victoria. Of the seven nests found, four have been confirmed as new (previously unknown) nest sites of the cockatoo, and so are able to be claimed under the Red-tail Nest Incentive Scheme for 2012-13.

    Female South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo at nest site. Photo Bob McPherson.

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  • Students help to grow food trees for Red-tails.

    Students from Tenison Woods College in Mount Gambier have been involved in a small-scale habitat propagation project to grow food trees for the endangered South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo.

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  • Karak to visit the Edenhope show!

    Ever wanted to meet the famous Commonwealth Games icon, Karak? Well, here’s your chance at this year's 150th Edenhope Show.

     

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  • Kaarakin Online Auction to support sick and injured Black Cockatoos in WA

    From the 21st-31st October, the Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Rehabilitation Centre is holding an online auction on a variety of items to raise much needed funds for the centre’s continuing work with Western Australian’s Black Cockatoos.

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  • Fire Management Strategy for Red-tails

    Earlier this year the Department of Water, Environment and Natural Resources SA (DEWNR) (formerly DENR) developed an ecological fire management strategy (EFMS) for the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo in South Australia. This strategy, which focuses on identifying fire management considerations and procedures when burning in Red-tail habitat within SA, is just one of a series of EFMS developed by DEWNR for a number of threatened or pest species in which fire is considered a threat or management tool.

    Lighting up as part of a prescribed burn in Rennick State Forest.

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  • Funding set to continue for Red-tail Nest Incentive Scheme for 2012-13

    BirdLife Australia and the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Recovery Team are once again offering a reward to landholders and members of the public for the discovery of ‘new’ nest sites of the endangered South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, as part of the Red-tail Nest Incentive Scheme for 2012-13.

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  • Available for comment: New Draft National Recovery Plan (2012-17) for Red-tails

    The South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (SeRtBC) National Recovery Plan (2007-12) is currently due for revision. Over the last few months Tim Burnard and Rachel Pritchard from the SeRtBC Recovery Team have been working frantically to develop and prepare the new Draft Recovery Plan (2012-17) for the species, which is now available for comment from all interested parties and stakeholders. Please read on to find out how you can provide comment.

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  • CVA weeding and planting for Red-tails

    CVA are continuing their good work with the Red-tails. This group from Taiwan and South Korea have braved the cold weather to pull weeds and plant stringybarks over 10Ha of private land near Casterton Victoria.

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  • Count results released

    BirdLife Australia today released the results of the 2012 count of the endangered South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, saying it was the ‘best year’ since the count started.

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  • Last Chance to Register

    The Annual Count is next Saturday the 5th May. REGISTER NOW!

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  • CVA saving paddock trees

    Conservation Volunteers Australia workers have been working in the Bahgallah area, near Casterton over the past week.

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  • Have you seen any Red-tails?

    Have you seen any Red Tails?
    The Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo annual count is fast approaching and the Recovery Team need to know where the birds are. 
     

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  • Glenelg Hopkins CMA field trip

    The Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority is a major financial contributor to our Recovery Team and has extended that support by attending a field trip to raise awareness of Red-tail needs.

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  • Zoos SA increases Red-tail support

    Zoos SA recently announced their continued support of the Red-tails with Caring for Our Country funding that will continue the planting stringybarks in the Lucindale/ Naracoorte area.

    Vicki-Jo Russell with Jimmy the Red-tail, at Adelaide Zoo

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  • CVA continues support

    Yet another group from Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) have been out working to help the Red-tails. This time it was with fencing and seedling propagation.

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  • Bulokes already being used

    It’s very early in the season but there have already been a couple of sightings of Red-tails in Buloke. Normally we might expect the Red-tails to turn up in the Buloke around March but there were sightings from two weeks ago of Red-tails investigating Buloke in the Bringalbert area and then last week they were seen actually feeding just a bit further west near Benayeo.

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  • Annual Count Date Announced

    The Recovery Team has announced that this years annual count will be held on Saturday 5th May. The Annual Count is easy to get involved with. Simply register your interest and we send you the information needed including instructions, a map of your search area and a reporting sheet.
    To register, phone 1800 262 062 or email rtbc@birdsaustralia.com.au
     

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  • Kalangadoo Primary School continues good work

    Kalangadoo Primary School has just completed renovations to the school greenhouse so they can grow stringybark seedlings for the Red-tails. The school has been using a grant from South Australian NRM Community Grants program to renovate the old greenhouse including new stands at a comfortable height for the students to plant and maintain seedlings.

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  • New sign for Edenhope College

    Edenhope College is the latest to install a Red-tail information Board. The Recovery Team is gradually replacing the old signs.

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  • CVA continue supporting Red-tails

    Conservation Volunteers Australia has continued to support the Red-tails by planting thousands of trees at the Casterton water treatment works this week.

    Team leader Tom with international volunteers Sandra, Pauline and Victoria.
     

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  • First nest for the season found

    The first Red-tail nest for this breeding season has been found and the landholder is eligible for the $500 payment for a new nest site.
     

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  • Red-tail banners on the road.

    The Red-tail banners have been getting about the place over the past couple of weeks. First at Wimmera Biodiversity Day then to Mt Gambier Library and then at the Naracoorte Caves 'Threatened Species Day'. Follow the link below to see the pictures

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  • South Australia lends a hand to Red-tails

     

    On Friday 5th September, Minister for Environment and Conservation Paul Caica announced a grant of $30,000 for Birds Australia to support community activities aimed at protecting the Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo.

     

     

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  • Kalangadoo Primary helping out again

    The Kalangadoo Primary School has continued helping the Red-tails with a tree planting day near Lucindale. Most of the trees planted were stringybarks (Red-tail food) with a sprinkling of other plants normally found in stringybark forests. See the photos...
     

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  • New sign for Casterton Primary School

    Casterton Primary School has just installed a replacement for their old worn out Red-tail information board. The old signs were made of steel with a sticker attached and were prone to fade and easily scratched, but the new signs are printed on hard wearing plastic and constructred of recycled materials. This makes them longer lasting and better for the environment. See the photos..

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  • Annual flock-count results are in

    This year’s Annual Count has helped us identify a lot of new information – including the location of the larger flocks so they could be flock-counted.
     

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  • Nest Incentive Scheme launched.

    The Recovery Team has launched a new scheme to reward landholders for discovery of ‘new’ Red-tail nest sites, with a grant from the Nature Foundation of South Australia. The new scheme kicked off on June 1st 2011 and will extend to March 31st 2012.

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  • Two new publications

    The Recovery Team have just uploaded two new publications to our Media page (under fact sheets). Guidelines to growing buloke, tells you everything needed to get this hard to grow plant going.'10 amazing things about Red-tails' is a very interesting 16 page booklet with facts you may never have heard before.

  • 2011 Annual Count

    A big thank you to all 160 volunteers taking part in the Annual Count held on Saturday May 7th. Conditions on the day were good but rains earlier in the year made many of the tracks impassable.
    Final numbers are now in and it looks as if another low count will be recorded for the third year in a row. While the result of 837 is slightly more than previous years, it doesn’t come close to the 2008 result of 1404 birds.

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  • 2011 Annual Count Information

    This year the SeRtBC Recovery Team will also be holding an annual count training session on Saturday 30th April 2011 in Casterton, Victoria for anyone interested to learn more about how to correctly identify the birds both visually and vocally, and what is required on the day.  

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  • REGISTER NOW FOR THE 2011 SOUTH-EASTERN RED-TAILED BLACK-COCKATOO ANNUAL COUNT

    The date for the 2011 South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Annual Count is set for Saturday 7th May 2011. Volunteers are encouraged to grab out their binoculars, jump in their 4WD’s and join in the fun to search for one of the region's most colourful local's, the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo.

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  • Red-tail winter wonders......

    Five functioning Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo nests have been found in winter whilst undertaking maintenance of artificial nest boxes north of Dergholm.

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  • New SeRtBC Poster

    The Recovery Team has prepared a new and exciting poster for the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo

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