Cockatoo survival under threat


Out of control burn offs, continued logging and a drying environment are being blamed for threatening the survival of several Black cockatoo varieties in WA. The WA Forest Alliance's Jess Beckerling spoke to Paul Entwistle about what can be done.



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110 comments so far

  • One of the main threats to black cockatoos is the wholesale destruction of their habitat due to urban encroachment. The proposed Roe 8 Highway alone will result in the clearing of 78 hectares of Carnaby's Black Cockatoo habitat. If the Government continues in this way it will oversee the extinction of one of WA's most enigmatic and beautiful species. Shame on you Barnett!

    Louise Sales
    Date and time
    January 16, 2012, 12:47PM
    • Thanks 6PR for covering this incredibly important story...the fate of our endemic cockatoos will be sealed over the next few years.

      Date and time
      January 16, 2012, 12:57PM
      • The tree species of black cockatoos are starving. Forest red-tailed cockatoos have moved onto the Swan Coastal Plain after 60 years looking for food so there is further competition for food. The Helms block, a forest block which was not burnt is due to be logged early this year, so that has to be stopped..........and urgently. Clearing of black cockatoo habitat has to be stopped. Examples are the clearing of Monash bushland on the QE11 site and the cutting down of 170 trees on Manning Road.

        Margaret Owen
        Date and time
        January 16, 2012, 1:07PM
        • I think it is very sad that as a first world country we continue on this arrogant road of decimating the trees in our city. WHy is our first reaction is to cut down the trees with no regard to the wildlife that need them. As a society we really are pathetic in protecting our native wildlife. Shame on the councils and government.

          Jason Ferris
          Date and time
          January 16, 2012, 1:17PM
          • The WA gov needs to recognise the amazing biodiversity in this state and embrace "environmentally sustainable development" principles. They do know a healthy environment is essential for human survival... don't they?

            Date and time
            January 16, 2012, 1:21PM
            • Urgent action is needed to protect these birds and their habitat. The consequences of not acting is intolerable.

              Sharon mcarthur
              Date and time
              January 16, 2012, 1:30PM
              • Keep the city a shady place with enough trees to lower carbon emissions and provide a home for my darling cockatoos.

                Date and time
                January 16, 2012, 1:36PM
                • Wake up WA! The Black Cockatoos are hungry so they are feeding on home gardens and parks as well as the bushland. There is no legal protection for the habitat of these endangered Cockatoos - and their pantry is being cleared, burnt and dried out by unthinking exploitation. Enough is enough!
                  We urgently need a moratorium on clearing of our bushland and native trees so that these fabulous birds can remain and prosper here in our suburbs, urban woodlands and forests.
                  They are public assets and we all have a duty to retain them nature's treasures.

                  Date and time
                  January 16, 2012, 1:46PM
                  • The WA Govt must recognise the importance of protecting the black cockatoo and the sad consequences of not doing so. They're native to WA and only found here. Who else will protect them?

                    Date and time
                    January 16, 2012, 1:47PM
                    • The black cockatoos are acknowledged as being in crisis yet the Department of Environment and Conservation is accelerating their possible extinction by continuing to approve broadscale logging of the forests and with its out of control prescribed burns. It's time to stop the madness before it's too late."You don't know what you've got til it's gone".

                      Alison Cassanet
                      Date and time
                      January 16, 2012, 1:50PM

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