Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo received an extra boost to their habitat range with five farmers around the Moore region fencing off nearly 65ha of native remnant bushland as well as recently revegetated land. Rachel Walmsley, Moore Catchment Council’s NRM Officer said “This was all made possible with funding received through Northern Agricultural Catchment Council’s biodiversity program funded through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program. Fencing is an expensive job and so to receive a financial incentive from the Government ensures these projects are carried out.”
The National Landcare conference held in Melbourne on 21st to 23rd September was an incredible event with many like-minded people telling their stories that are so similar to our own. Landcare in Australia is a movement and that movement is gaining moment with many young people now getting out and doing wonderful things in the community.
Ever come across witches fingers or fairy wands poking out of a woodland floor, or know what a curry punk, russler, slippery jack or dung button is? Or seen a bug that looks like a bee but isn’t a bee – only mimicking a
bee? Or maybe seen a strange fungus that turns from a small puffball to a strange lattice basket upon touch? All this and more was discovered at the Magic of Mushrooms and Beauty of Bugs day organised by Moore
Catchment Council 30th August.
This is Wally Kerkhof’s guide to constructing nesting logs for Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos from fallen trees. Wally has spent over 30 years designing and constructing these artificial logs for placement in the Carnaby breeding areas of Moora and Mogumber.
With the shortage of suitable natural nesting trees, this work has been essential in helping to recover the endangered Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo population.
Since 1983, 50 of these logs have been erected in Moora with around 80 chicks born every year from the artificial logs and natural hollows.
The north Guilderton dunes were a hive of activity on 12th June as nearly 50 people aged 5 to 93 gave up their Sunday morning to volunteer their time at the annual planting event. Rachel Walmsley, Moore Catchment
Council’s NRM Officer said “Despite the chilly start and the threat of rain, we once again had a fabulous turn out of volunteers including local and nearby residents, plus members of The 4WD Club of WA who have a keen membership wishing to take part in rehabilitation projects up and down the coast.” This is the second community planting event on the north dunes since an area was fenced off from vehicular access in 2014.
Natural revegetation of the degraded tracks is occurring slowly but these extra native seedlings planted will help move things along.
After grey skies and a deluge of rain the day before, the weather couldn’t have been better for the official opening of the Jingemia Cave new signage and footpath upgrade on 8th June. The cave is on the south eastern edge of Watheroo National Park and managed by Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW). Over 40 people, many who haven’t visited the cave before, braved the slippery access road to get to the cave and were greeted by a hot cuppa and pumpkin soup.
Eco trails Booklet – Shire of Moora
Figuring out which plant species will attract Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo on your property can be difficult. Sarah Mason of Carrah Farms, Calingiri decided to share her experiences to help inspire others by running an info day on Friday 13th May as part of the Moore Catchment Council’s WA Natural Resource Management Program
The Cudoralcarra lake west of Moora was a hive of activity on 27th August, as a team of twenty planters with shovels embarked on planting 8,000 stems of NyPa Forage grass for the Hamilton family. The project was initiated by Jim Hamilton as he sought a way to stabilise the degraded soil around the lake and provide stock feed if needed.
Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo will benefit from the 1,000 native trees and shrubs that a dozen volunteers planted on Friday 24th and Monday 27th July in conjunction with Planet Ark’s National Tree Day. The plantings are part of a Moore Catchment Council project, funded through the National Landcare Program, to provide more forage habitat for the endangered Carnaby’s in Moora. Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris) are endemic to WA but are rapidly in decline with total population estimates to be less than 60,000. The Moora Important Bird Area currently supports up to 60 breeding pairs of Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo. The birds are drawn here during the breeding season because of suitable nesting trees, but ongoing degradation/clearing of vegetation remnants – especially forage habitat, threatens the Carnaby’s survival
The North Guilderton dunes were alive with the sound of shovels on Sunday 7th June for a community planting day. The event was part of Moore Catchment Council’s project to rehabilitate the north dunes, funded through the WA Natural Resource Management Program. This 22ha area of fragile dunes has been targeted for rejuvenation after many years of degradation by off-road vehicles. After fencing the area last year, this revegetation project will give nature a helping hand in covering over the old vehicle tracks.