ECU students dig in to plant trees to aid Carnaby’s black cockatoos


Katie Back,Jonas Polifka,Michael Walsh,Melissa Karlinski,Candice Le Roux,Kimberlee Kucera,Casper Avenant,Chanelle Webster and gardener Neil Moritz.  |Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au   d471253
Katie Back,Jonas Polifka,Michael Walsh,Melissa Karlinski,Candice Le Roux,Kimberlee Kucera,Casper Avenant,Chanelle Webster and gardener Neil Moritz. |Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d471253

A GROUP of ECU students will volunteer to plant trees at the Joondalup campus this weekend.

WildCampus co-ordinators Candice Le Roux, Casper Avenant, Melissa Karlinski, Steven Spragg and Grant Buller have organised the July 16 event to plant banksia seedlings and other native species.

Ms Le Roux, who is doing a Masters in biological science, said the group included undergraduate, postgraduate and former students.

“We are working on a patch of remnant bushland,” she said. “We’ve got a variety of species that are native to the area.”

The Yokine resident said endangered Carnaby’s black cockatoos nested on the campus, so BirdLife WA had provided 350 banksia seedlings and the university had provided funding and resources as well.

“In previous nesting seasons we were able to monitor where the cockatoos were nesting and how many young they were raising,” she said.

“Last breeding season, there were four different |active nesting hollows.

“As so much of their habitat has been cleared, we wanted to create more feeding habitat.” For more information about WildCampus, email candice.lr@gmail.com.

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