Friday, March 10, 2006

Birds workshop in Moora


BIRDS Australia is to hold an information workshop focusing on habitat revegetation in Moora on Tuesday March 21 as part of Conservation Week.
Western Australia's Wheatbelt, located in the Southwest Botanical Province, is home to a diverse mixture of plants and animals.
This unique area has been classified as a biological hotspot because it is an area of extreme biological diversity with a high level of degradation.
The Wheatbelt has been cleared of 70 per cent of its original habitat, leaving remnants of natural bush scattered across the landscape.
This is called fragmentation. These areas have now become invaluable to the animals that inhabit them, such as Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo.
Birds Australia is coordinating the Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo Recovery Project.
This project aims at conserving, protecting and increasing Carnaby's Cockatoo habitat; predominately bush types known as Eucalypt Woodlands and Kwongan Heathlands.
Birds Australia plans to achieve this by working with the community and revegetating known nesting and feeding areas and creating corridors of vegetation between the two areas.
The project's Regional Coordinator, Helen Pitman, said habitat loss was a major concern for the species.
"If a male Carnaby's Cockatoo has to fly further than 12km between nesting and feeding areas to provide food for the female and a chick, then the likelihood of the pair successfully raising that chick is low," she said.

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