FW: Our cockatoos are starving – will you help them?

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Subject: FW: Our cockatoos are starving – will you help them?
From: "Stephen Ambrose" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2012 17:48:09 +1100
I’m sure that this petition will be of interest to all Birding-aussers.


Stephen Ambrose

Ryde NSW


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Dear Supporter,

Western Australia’s endangered black cockatoos are locked in desperate bid for 
survival and they need our urgent help! Native forest logging, land clearing, 
fire and drought have devastated their natural food supplies and cockatoos now 
face starvation in many areas.

Take action to tell the government that our cockatoos are worth saving.

WA’s unique Baudin’s, Forest Red-tailed and Carnaby’s black cockatoos are now 
being forced far from their forest homes to survive, with many even descending 
on Perth suburbs in a desperate bid to find food.

With our cockatoo populations already on the brink of collapse, we have just 
heard some appalling news. 

The WA Government are planning to begin logging within weeksin some of the last 
remaining high-conservation forests in the South-west – areas that have escaped 
the recent fires, are now a refuge for native species and remain a critical 
food source for the cockatoos.

Take action to stop this forest destruction and protect critical food sources 
for black cockatoos.

Dave and Dee Patterson have been caring for endangered cockatoos in the Nannup 
district of WA’s South-West for the last 25 years. Never, they say, have the 
cockatoos had it this bad. The Pattersons have been providing supplementary 
food for wild cockatoos and Dave says he’s seen even the normally shy Forest 
Red-tails feeding on the ground where they are exposed to predators – something 
he has never witnessed before.

Normally a mature cockatoo must eat 100 large marri gum nuts or 1,000 small 
jarrah nuts every day. But declining rainfall and a destructive logging 
industry means that there is simply not enough to go around.

Now the black cockatoos are in a desperate struggle for survival after an 
escaped prescribed burn wiped out nearly 100,000 hectares of forest in the 

One of the few refuges in the area is the Helms forest, which is now home to 
many of the rehabilitated cockatoos that have been released by Dave and Dee.

We were shocked to find out recently that the Helms forest is one of the next 
areas in line for logging, Preliminary operations have already begun in the 
area, with logging due to start any day now. Dave and Dee are beside themselves 
as they are facing the devastation of this beautiful forest which is now home 
to so many of the birds they have looked after.

The Helms forest is just one of the high-conservation forest areas in line for 
logging this year. Other critical areas include the Warrup forest near 
Bridgetown and the Arcadia forest near Collie.

 The good news is the Environment Minister has the power to stop the logging if 
we can convince him that enough Western Australians oppose the destruction of 
critical native habitat.

It’s not too late to save our cockatoos! 

Add your name to our online action calling on Minister Marmion to stop the 
logging of cockatoo habitat.


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