Counting Down to the Great Cocky Count

It’s that time of year again when we grab our binoculars and join volunteers all over the Midwest and South West to take part in Western Australia’s largest citizen science survey, the Great Cocky Count!

Sunday 14 April will see the sun setting on NACC NRM staff and volunteers, eagerly waiting to count Carnaby flocks returning to their roosting sites for the night. This monitoring method is minimally invasive and will provide researchers with extremely important data. Results from the Great Cocky Count will contribute to a better understanding of Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo population numbers, roosting behavior, and locations. This year, NACC NRM will be monitoring two locations in the Shire of Chapman Valley and the Shire of Irwin.

If that’s not exciting enough, NACC NRM is also hosting a Great Cocky Count Workshop with guest speaker Dr. Sam Rycken of Birdlife Australia! As Birdlife’s WA Carnaby’s Cockatoo Coordinator, Sam will be sharing his knowledge on the endangered Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo, and discussing how surveys like the Great Cocky Count play an important role in the survival of Carnaby’s.

Photo credit: Heather Beswick

The Midwest region is a special place, home to WA’s most northern population of Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos who range as far north as Kalbarri and as far south as Esperance. Also known as white-tailed black cockatoo, this iconic species requires very specific hollows for breeding, and faces significant threat from habitat loss. Currently listed as endangered, NACC NRM is proud to have been involved in numerous projects to support Carnaby’s. One of which included funding and installing artificial hollows within known breeding areas in the Northern Agricultural Region.

If you would like to learn more about Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos or get involved in this year’s Great Cocky Count, see the details below. No experience is required and all ages are welcome. RSVP is essential and site locations will be sent only to registered attendees.

The Great Cocky Count Workshop
WHEN | Sunday 14 April, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
WHERE | NACC NRM Enterprise Hub, 4 Walton Close, Geraldton
RSVP | 5 April 2024

The Great Cocky Count
WHEN | Sunday 14 April, 5:00pm – 7:30pm
WHERE | Site 1 – Shire of Chapman Valley | Site 2 – Shire of Irwin
RSVP | 7 April 2024
BRING | Enclosed shoes, long-sleeved shirt and pants, binoculars (if you have a pair), water, insect repellant, and head torch (optional).

REGISTER TO | Samantha Comito, NACC NRM Biodiversity Project Officer
samantha.comito@nacc.com.au | 0448 984 899

This project is jointly funded by the Australian Government Natural Heritage Trust and NACC NRM, a member of the Commonwealth Regional Delivery Partners panel and Mitsui E&P and Birdlife WA.

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Awesome work Sam ….. it is going to be very fruitful I think this year ….. love the way it is organised too cheers heather

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