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Great Cocky Count 2018

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Help in this survey of cockatoos
The Great Cocky Count is a long-term citizen science survey which is the largest survey for black-cockatoos in Western Australia.

It is held during the night in autumn and volunteers inspect the sites where it is known that these birds roost. They count black-cockatoos as they come into their evening roosts.

Records submitted will give an idea of the black-cockatoo populations and over time this has helped organisers of this event determine what changes have occurred in black-cockatoo numbers.

History of the Great Cocky Count
The Great Cocky Count originally started as a survey method for Carnaby's Black-Cockatoos and at the time, it focused only on the roosting sites around the Perth Metropolitan area.

As the years went by, this has expanded to include Forest Red-tailed Cockatoos and also to includes places in the South West.

This year will be the tenth year of the Great Cocky Count and previous details of the Great Cocky Count reports can be found on the Publications and Forms page.

The main thing that is hoped to be achieved is to find and survey as many roosts as possible. Help is needed from the public for this as they hope to make 2018 the most comprehensive survey yet compiled.

It will be held on Sunday 8th April, 2018 at sunset, which will be at approximately 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm in Perth. You can help by identifying more roost sites for both the white-tailed and red-tailed black cockatoos. Roosts are the places where black-cockatoos will rest each night.

This important information on the location of critical roosting habitat is collected through the Great Cocky Count, and this is increasing each year, so if you know of any night-time roost sites, please email or call the organisers.

You will need to register your interest for this event and as there will be several hundred sites to monitor, your help is going to be most invaluable. Registrations are open now and close on Sunday 19th March, so please register at this site.

In order to get as many people involved as possible, it is requested that you tell your friends and colleagues about the Great Cocky Count! You could use your networks to "spread the word" on Facebook, Twitter, email, word of mouth and phone as a way to encourage others to also volunteer.

There are also three workshops you could attend before this event, and these are as follows:

1. Great Cocky Count workshop, Mundijong
This will be held on 28th February, from 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm at the Serpentine Jarrahdale CRC, 2 Paterson Street, Mundijong.

Here you will learn all about the Great Cocky Count and hear of Darren Hamley's trip around Australia to photograph every species of Australian Cockatoo!

To register for this free event RSVP:

2. Great Cocky Count workshop - Armadale
This will be held on 8th March from 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm at the City of Armadale, 7 Orchard Ave, Armadale.

Here you will learn more about Black-Cockatoo ecology, biology, behaviour and threats, plus instructions on how to do the actual count, and to register RSVP:

3. Great Cocky Count Murdoch Workshop
This will be held on 12th March from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm at Murdoch Uni, 90 South Street, Murdoch.

This is a free event and you can register at the Eventbrite website.

For more information about the Great Cocky Count, or to advise about a roost site for either white-tailed or red-tailed black-cockies, email: or go to the Birdlife Australia site.

Contact details are:
Great Cocky Count Coordinator, BirdLife Australia,
Peregrine House, 167 Perry Lakes Drive, Floreat.
Email: - or phone 9287 2251
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Why? To help count Cockatoo numbers
When: 8th April, 2018
Where: Anywhere where they are nesting
Cost: FREE
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