Calling volunteers for the Annual Red-tail Cocky Count (May 5)
BirdLife Australia and the Recovery Team are looking for volunteers to assist with the annual count for the nationally endangered South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo.
The count will be held on Saturday 5 May across the cockatoo’s range in the South East of South Australia and South-west Victoria.
We are seeking as many volunteers as possible to help search for Red-tails across more than sixty sites in stringybark forest, from Keith to Mount Gambier in SA and Nelson to Little Desert National Park in Victoria.
Participating is easy – all you need is a partner/friend or group, binoculars, a love of the outdoors and a vehicle (preferably a 4WD). Volunteers will cover their allocated site via vehicle, looking and listening out for the distinctive ‘karak-karak’ call of the cockatoo.
Volunteers need no prior experience with surveying for birds but are required to become familiar with what Red-tails look and sound like. Read here for more information, and learn about how you can get involved if you are a landowner.
Photo: Dean Ingwersen