Spicers joins five year search for rare Glossy Black-Cockatoos

Spicers joins five year search for rare Glossy Black-Cockatoos

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02-Apr-2015

The hunt for black-cockatoos is on again this year on Sunday 3 May. Not just any black-cockatoo, but the beautiful and threatened Glossy Black-Cockatoo. And this year, Spicers Retreats is joining in.

The Glossy Black Conservancy is running its 7th annual survey and is seeking volunteers to go looking for these enigmatic birds. 

Survey volunteers will go into a draw to win some wonderful prizes including a Scenic Rim Trail experience courtesy of Spicers Retreats, accommodation at Mt Barney Lodge, Australia Zoo passes and more.

“We need people to look up for birds and down for orts,” said Liz Gould from SEQ Catchments.

SEQ Catchments is a long-standing member of the Glossy Black Conservancy and actively promotes and contributes to Glossy Black-Cockatoo conservation initiatives.

“Finding birds is fantastic, but finding orts (chewed up she-oak cones), on the ground provides undeniable proof that the birds were there, even if they were there on another day”.

“We need all kinds of volunteers to get out there and help us find Glossies, landholders can keep an eye out on their own properties, birders can visit public reserves and bushwalkers can survey remote areas.”

Luxury accommodation provider Spicers Retreats is delighted to be involved in the annual search.

“Spicers prides itself on having a strong commitment to sustainability and providing our guests with real insight into the beautiful landscapes where they stay. We have Glossy Black-Cockatoos at our Hidden Vale and Peak Lodge properties and it is our goal to look after these beautiful birds and keep their habitats healthy”, said Spicers Retreats Managing Director David Assef.

“We welcome visitors to both properties on Sunday 3 May to look for Glossies.”

All volunteers need to register with a regional survey coordinator to obtain official survey forms and find out details of information workshops (where they can learn how to identify Glossy Black-Cockatoos and fill in the survey forms); coordinator details are available from the Conservancy’s website, visit www.glossyblack.org.au/gbcday_registration.html

An information workshop is being held at SEQ Catchments’ Ipswich office, 17 Lowry Street, North Ipswich on Thursday 23 April, 6-8pm. Information will be provided and a light supper will be supplied. To RSVP for the information night, contact Liz Gould, 0400 748 157 or lgould@seqcatchments.com.au.

The Glossy Black Conservancy is a not for profit consortium that seeks to increase awareness and promote a collaborative conservation management approach for Glossy Black-Cockatoos across South East Queensland and the north coast of New South Wales, through a partnership between government, private enterprise, researchers and the wider community.

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