Join the Glossy Black-Cockatoo Count this Threatened Species Day Weekend

This coming Threatened Species Day weekend, 8-9 September, cockatoo enthusiasts are being called to join the Glossy Black-Cockatoo Count to record sightings of glossy black-cockatoos anywhere between Bullio and Bungonia and help count the local population of this threatened species for conservation.

Three glossy black-cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus lathami) on a tree branch

The Cockatoo Count is a partnership between the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), the Wingecarribee Shire Council, and Birdlife Southern Highlands. The event is part of the NSW Government’s Saving our Species Glossies in the Mist project to help better understand the population of glossy black-cockatoos in the Great Western Wildlife Corridor; the only remaining vegetated habitat between Morton National Park in the south and the Blue Mountains in the north.

Lauren Hook, OEH Threatened Species Officer said: “We want people to help us get a snapshot of the glossy black-cockatoo population by heading out on their own private property or local bushland reserve.

“All members of the community and local landholders are invited to take part in this worthwhile citizen science project and treat it as an adventure. You can choose where and for how long you want to search for glossies anywhere along the Great Western Wildlife Corridor.

“It’s a great excuse to get out into nature over the weekend and help with real scientific research.

“Good places to look for glossies are waterholes and dams at dawn and dusk. During the day you are more likely to see glossies feeding in she-oak trees.

“You can register for the Cockatoo Count by visiting the Glossies in the Mist Facebook event page, and find all the details and survey tips.

“Recording a sighting is easy, either enter your record into the Glossy Sightings app or download and print the Cockatoo Sightings Sheet to add your record.

“The sightings are important as they’ll help us to better manage their habitat and ensure we plant more trees in the right places.

“Stay safe and have fun,” said Ms Hook.

If you want to find out more about this event visit: Eventbrite: Glossies in the Mist - Black-Cockatoo Count tickets

If you are interested in knowing more about the Glossies in the Mist project, visit: Glossies in the mist