Students raise money to help native birds

Two Rocks Primary School Year 3 student Ruby Hughes with Kaarakin education officer Sam Clarke and a black cockatoo at the conservation centre in Martin.

TWO Rocks Primary School Year 3 students have been learning about the Carnaby’s black cockatoo which are endemic to south west Australia.

Their teacher Samantha Wright said the students have been studying the cockatoos’ habitat, food sources, distribution, population and threats they face due to the clearing of natural bushland.

The coastal strip from Kalbarri (north) to Esperance (south-east) is where the banksia, dryandra, hakea, grevillea and marri trees grow, offering a range of foods to feed the returning Carnaby’s from their breeding grounds in the Wheat belt region.

With much of the land being cleared along this strip of land, the endangered cockatoos are diminishing in number and face a number of threats.

As an end of study excursion, the Year 3 students travelled to Kaarakin, the Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre in Martin.

Two Rocks Primary School Year 3 student Ruby Hughes and her friend Nara Alone-Edyen from Yanchep Beach Primary School have been fundraising to help native birds at Kaarakin.

Ruby Hughes and her friend, Nara Alone-Edyen (a student at Yanchep Beach Primary School) took the initiative to raise money for the native birds at the centre with Ruby presenting the funds to education officer Sam Clarke while on the excursion.

When asked why they did this, Ruby said: “The Carnaby’s are endangered so I thought if we raised some money, it would help buy food and then they could nest and have babies.

“Then the babies could have babies which would mean that we would get more Carnaby’s.”

The money raised will go towards the medical costs for injured black cockatoos and food to feed the resident birds who are healing and those who cannot be released.

For more information on how you can help these native birds visit Kaarkin’s webpage.