Our activities can be classified into four broad categories:
1. Population Monitoring
2. Threat Abatement & Monitoring (including Habitat Protection/Restoration Projects),
3. Community Education & Engagement, and
Population Monitoring - this includes coordination and implementation of the annual count and flock counts to determine patterns of habitat use, and use of feeding resources, and to measure breeding success.
Monitoring and mitigating threats – supporting organisations to deliver large landscape scale habitat and restoration projects; maintaining artificial nest sites, identifying and protecting new nest sites, reducing the impact of wildfire and prescribed burns on food productivity, monitoring fruiting patterns as part of a long-term phenology study to identify areas of importance and develop re-vegetation prescriptions; assisting schools to establish school nurseries to grow stringybark for habitat restoration projects; and provision of advice on native vegetation clearance applications and appropriate offsets.
Community education, engagement and capacity building - to increase knowledge and participation in activities to recover and manage the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo across its range. This includes maintaining a Red-tail website, a 1800 number for reporting sightings, bi-annual production of the Red-tail Newsletter, production and distribution of fact-sheets, booklets, and posters to increase knowledge and awareness of the cockatoo and its key stringybark, buloke and gum habitats; attendance at field day and community events to disseminate information; and education and training to agency staff, community groups, schools and farmers about how to identify, protect and improve Red-tail habitat across the range.
Research - the project also seeks to identify scientific research priorities and projects to address and inform management, particularly in relation to:
a. demographic trends,
b. modelling nesting habitat suitability,
c. relative value of paddock trees,
d. restoration requirements needed to ensure sufficient nesting habitat in the future,
e. effectiveness of current offset methods to achieve sufficient feeding and nesting habitat,
f. strategic fire management, and
g. the impacts of pathogens and pests of food tree species.
The Recovery Program is currently managed by BirdLife Australia (formerly Birds Australia) and is funded by the Australian Government through partner agencies including the Department of Environment and Water, Glenelg-Hopkins CMA, Wimmera CMA and Zoos SA. The project employs a 0.8FTE project coordinator, Kelsey Bennett, to coordinate and manage the recovery program. Tim Burnard and Kerry Gilkes are also contracted to assist with the delivery of particular activities undertaken as part of this project. The project also relies heavily on the help and support of many volunteers, in particular Felicity Lord (who responds to website sightings and assists with field day events), Evan Roberts (who assists with nest inspections, the annual count and field day events), and Dick Cooper (who regularly monitors the flocks around the Casterton district). Importantly, the Recovery Program relies on many partners for success. Recent significant contributions have been made by the Kowree Farm Tree Group restoring Buloke in the Wimmera, the Adelaide Zoo 'Cockies helping Cockies helping Cockies' project restoring Desert Stringybark in the Lucindale and Naracoorte areas, Conservation Volunteers through the 'Wild Futures' program, Trust for Nature land protection and of course, the continued contributions of over 150 community volunteers annually.
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