Rossmoyne Community Kindergarten and Willetton SHS joint effort produces cockatoo champions


Gifted and talented program students Peyton Longbottom, Charlotte Gray, Emily Rahaley and Samantha Douglas-Whisson.
Gifted and talented program students Peyton Longbottom, Charlotte Gray, Emily Rahaley and Samantha Douglas-Whisson.

LOCAL students are helping endangered black cockatoos to survive, thanks to a joint effort between Rossmoyne Community Kindergarten and Willetton Senior High School.

Gifted and talented program students at the high school have made five nesting boxes for Carnaby’s black cockatoos and red-tailed black cockatoos which will be installed in trees in and around the kindergarten on April 4.

Solar-powered wireless cameras attached to the nests will record footage that can be viewed by students in the classroom.

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High school students will analyse aspects of the birds’ breeding cycle, including assessing how many eggs are laid, incubation times and how long it takes chicks to fledge.

“This is an exciting project for not only the students of Rossmoyne kindy and Willetton Senior High School but also the residents, who will get the rare privilege of sharing their urban spaces with an endangered species while enhancing their knowledge of its habits,” gifted and talented program co-ordinator Darren Hamley said.

Mr Hamley said the clearing of native bush in the Wheatbelt had severely reduced the number of nesting and feeding trees for the two black cockatoo species.

“Nesting and feeding areas are too far apart for the birds to successfully raise chicks. The original food sources on the Swan Coastal Plain have been largely replaced by urban development,” he said.

The project has been funded by State Government and City of Canning grants.