Volunteers needed for cockatoo project at American River

The Natural Resources Kangaroo Island (NRKI) Glossy Black-Cockatoo Recovery Program, currently sponsored by Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers, is looking for volunteers.

In particular, the program needs people in the American River area who would like to protect the glossy black-cockatoo population in the vicinity.

In previous years, volunteers have contributed on average more than 500 hours a year helping with field work such as nest monitoring and feeding habitat revegetation, providing invaluable assistance to the bird’s recovery. 

The recovery program is now keen to establish a group of volunteers in the American River area who can check that the glossy nests are protected from possums, and keep an eye out for any new nests. 

COCKATOO HABITAT: Mike Barth from Natural Resources Kangaroo Island (NRKI) demonstrating how to put up the protective tree wrap.

COCKATOO HABITAT: Mike Barth from Natural Resources Kangaroo Island (NRKI) demonstrating how to put up the protective tree wrap.

Glossy Black Cockatoo Recovery Program manager, Karleah Berris said American River had become a hub of activity for glossy black-cockatoos in recent years. 

“Between 1998 and 2000 only one pair was recorded breeding in the American River area,” Ms Berris said. 

“In 2017, seven pairs of glossies bred in American River, with five successfully rearing a chick to fledging.

“This increase in population in the area has been mainly due to the installation of artificial nest boxes and the protection of nests from possums. 

“We’d love this work to continue but we need volunteers to help.”

An information session will be held in American River on Saturday, May 12 from 11am to 12:30 pm in the parking area on the corner of Scenic Drive, Lierich Drive and Wattle Avenue. 

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Karleah Berris on 8553 4444 or email karleah.berris@sa.gov.au to register for the information session.

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