Southern Highlands community welcomes cockatoo experts for Big Glossy Weekender

This weekend (11-12 May), the Glossies in the Mist project is hosting a series of information and training sessions for interested landholders, community members and cockatoo enthusiasts.

A pair of Glossy black-cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus lathami) sit on a tree branch at Captain Cook's Lookout in Hat Head National Park.

The Glossies in the Mist project is run by the NSW Government’s Saving our Species program and aims to secure the future of the vulnerable glossy black-cockatoo.

“This project is working closely with landholders in the Great Western Wildlife Corridor between Bullio and Bungonia, where we know there are important nest trees and food sources for the glossy black-cockatoo,” said Lauren Hook, threatened species officer and Glossies in the Mist project coordinator.

The Great Western Wildlife Corridor is an important landscape connection for the glossy black-cockatoo and the only vegetated habitat corridor between the Southern Blue Mountains and Morton National Park.

Across several community hall locations this weekend, glossy black-cockatoo experts from around Australia will host information sessions for local landholders and community members.

Ms Hook said how encouraging it was to already have so many willing contributors, community members and landholders who have taken to the project.

“Private landholders are having the greatest impact by reporting sightings and conserving she-oak feed trees on their properties.

“Their willingness to assist in helping us understand whether these glossies have enough food and breeding resources in the corridor is making a significant contribution to this project.

“The Big Glossy Weekender is about congratulating and encouraging landholders to continue their great citizen science efforts by reporting cockatoo sightings, breeding behavior and habitat features on their properties.”

Since commencing in 2017, the Glossies in the Mist project has distributed over 12,000 she-oak feed trees to more than 400 private properties within the corridor, between Bullio and Bungonia.

All community members, cockatoo enthusiasts and landholders are welcome to attend any of the free information and training sessions happening throughout the Great Western Wildlife Corridor this weekend and are encouraged to register using the Eventbrite page: Big Glossy Weekender

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