Glossy Blacks in our forests

A Glossy Black-Cockatoo chick on KIPT property.

Kangaroo Island has a vast network of parks, however approximately 36 per cent of the Island’s native vegetation is on private properties.

Glossy Black-cockatoo Recovery Program manager Karleah Berris said that private landholders’ cooperation had been vital.

“Majority of landholders on Kangaroo Island with Glossy Black-cockatoo habitat on their properties allow our staff access to their land to protect nests from possums,” Ms Berris said.

“Around 10 per cent of all known glossy black-cockatoo nests occur in native vegetation adjacent to Tasmanian blue-gum plantations, so it has also been really important to be able to work collaboratively with landowners such as Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers.”

KIPT had not only provided $72,500 sponsorship for the KI cockatoo recovery program for this financial year, but also took a keen interest in the flocks of glossies that occur on its properties, she said.

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