A Cracker of a Day at Koobabbie

NACC NRM’s Biodiversity team recently visited the wonderful year 5/6 class of Coorow Primary School to talk all things Carnaby cockatoo, Malleefowl, and the importance of conservation at the iconic Koobabbie shearing sheds.

After an enthusiastic interactive discussion about these endangered birds and what NACC NRM and other conservation teams are doing to contribute to the preservation of the species, the class got to make some house calls on a few artificial hollows located on the property that have played an important part in the Carnaby Cockatoo breeding program!

Koobabbie farm, located just south of Coorow, is recognised as a critical breeding site for Carnaby Cockatoos with its beautifully preserved timber belts winding through broad acre farming fields, thanks greatly to the previous landholder Alison Doley and her lifelong passion for the conservation of Koobabbie. The 7000-ha property has recently changed ownership and is now under the care of Rod and his son Daniel Birch who are passionate about the property, its history and the ongoing care of its environmental legacy.

As part of the Protecting WA’s Black Cockatoo project, NACC NRM assisted Rod and Daniel with some funding to employ a specialist consultant who installed six artificial hollows to support the Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo that returns every year to Koobabbie to breed.

Carnaby’s are reliant on the large hollows that form in no less than 120 years in the remnant ancient Eucalypts of the WA Wheatbelt woodlands. The natural hollows, however, continue to age, eventually become worn and degraded and no longer suitable for raising Carnaby chicks. This is when we offer support by installing the next best thing, artificial hollows. Once installed, the artificial hollows will need to be monitored every year and will require ongoing maintenance to ensure they provide the long-term benefit we have set out to achieve and support ongoing breeding at Koobabbie. Artificial hollows aren’t the only answer, and we need to include an integrated management plan to protect and restore key habitats to ensure long-term survival.

A very big thank you to Mrs Herbert, the Coorow Primary School, helpers and aids, and of course the wonderful students for having us out to discuss these truly amazing birds. Thank you for bringing your enthusiasm, questions and curiosity to the day!

The project ‘Protecting WA’s Black Cockatoos’ is supported by NACC NRM through funding from the Australian Governments Environmental Restoration Fund.

Samantha Comito – Biodiversity Project Officer

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