Thursday, 25 September 2014

Help save Cockatoos!

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The Western Australian government is chopping down the pine plantations where Carnaby's black cockatoo make their homes -- a catastrophe for these endangered birds.
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Dear Bruce,

Carnaby's Black Cockatoo is an iconic species beloved by Perth people. Cockatoos form strong bonds with their partners for their whole lives (males often fly over 12 kilometres to find food for nesting females) and can live for 50 years in the wild.

But in just 20 years these intelligent, affectionate birds could be extinct.

Like many woodland species, Carnaby's have seen their homes destroyed as native forests are felled to make way for timber plantations. Cockies have proved more flexible than many; in the 1950s, they started moving into the Gnangara pine plantation north of Perth and have settled there.

Now the pines the birds rely upon for food and nesting are to be cut down. The trees require a great deal of water and the Western Australian government has been clearing the 23,000 hectare plantation to protect the region's water cachement area. But the government has failed to replace the razed trees with native forest where Carnaby's could live.

Swaths of native bush that provide food for the birds are also being eliminated. No wonder that cockatoos' numbers are falling by 15 percent every year.

About 10 percent of the world's population of Carnaby's lives in the Swan River Region. The Western Australian government must stop clearing the area's bushland until trees where cockatoos can live are planted and have matured. We can stop the loss of these birds before they disappear for good.

Tell Australia, save Carnaby's black cockatoo!

Thank you for taking action,

Kristina C.
The Care2 Petitions Team

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