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Media Release - 9 September 2021
Campbelltown residents out exercising or walking are being encouraged to keep a look out for gang-gang cockatoos and snap a picture as part of a new citizen science project.
People can upload their photos of the cockatoos to the citizen scientist website iNaturalist to help Council gather data on the prevalence and locations of gang-gang cockatoos in the Campbelltown area.
Gang-gang cockatoos are easily identifiable by their bright red faces, sooty grey wings and croaky calls.
“This is a great way to add a bit of fun and try a bit of birdwatching while out walking or exercising near your home,” Mayor George Brticevic said.
“It will also make a difference by helping us understand more about the local population,” Cr Brticevic said.
“Gang-gang cockatoos are an iconic local species which we have all grown up seeing in our local bushland and in the trees on our street and parks which is why they feature heavily in our Bushcare logo,” he said.
Local community group, Macarthur Birds, have partnered with Council on the project.
Gang-gang cockatoos have been recommended for listing as an endangered species by the NSW Threatened Species Scientific Committee.
Results from the project will be used to inform future actions preserve and protect gang-gang cockatoo.
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