Conserving cockatoos on Kangaroo Island

A glossy black cockatoo in the nest

Have a break with a difference - become a citizen scientist on Kangaroo Island later this month!  You’ll join Kangaroo Island’s natural resources staff to record numbers of glossy black cockatoos.

These South Australian glossies are an endangered cockatoo only found on stunning Kangaroo Island. A recovery program was started in 1995 to reduce threats to their survival and increase the population size - every year the island’s natural resources staff coordinate a census to monitor the size and structure of the population.

The census will be conducted between Friday 27 and Sunday 29 September. It’s a fun event and no prior birding experience is required as all training will be provided by staff. Volunteers are positioned in strategic locations across known flocking sites in the mid-late afternoon and all the birds seen leading up to dusk are recorded.

During the day take time to explore this little island jewel - there’s always a wealth of wildlife to spot, from sea-lions basking on the beaches to koalas napping the day away in the eucalypts. The island is also famous for its relaxed gourmet lifestyle - there’s seafood to sample, as well as local honey, yogurts, native jams and 18 home-grown wine labels!

Travel to the island is either by ferry via Cape Jervis or plane via Adelaide Airport. There are a number of accommodation options on the island, ranging from 5-star lodges to backpackers - check out Tour Kangaroo Island for some hints. Unfortunately the Glossy Black Cockatoo Recovery Program has limited funding and can not assist volunteers with travel or accommodation costs.

To register interest or get more information contact Dai Morgan at or by calling 08 85534406 or 0427291457.

Chris, National Landscapes

Australia’s National Landscapes is a unique tourism and conservation partnership managed by Tourism Australia and Parks Australia. The program encourages collaboration and partnerships between tourism, conservation and local business in 16 premier Australian eco-tourism destinations.