By taking part in BirdLife Australia’s free, online self-guided Edu-Action course, you’ll be contributing to BirdLife Australia’s Gang-gang Cockatoo Recovery Project, gaining the knowledge and skills to take action to make a real impact on the conservation of this charismatic species.
Participants learn about Gang-gang Cockatoos and are supported to develop their own action plan to help these special birds. People taking the course are also encouraged to record their Gang-gang Cockatoo sightings, which contribute to BirdLife Australia’s understanding of the species.
With Gang-gangs listed as Endangered, after dramatic declines in recent decades were compounded by a devastating loss of their habitat in the 2019–2020 bushfires, now is a crucial time to be involved.
Registrations for the Gang-gang Cockatoo Edu-Action course have closed.
The Gang-gang Cockatoo Edu-Action course will be delivered online via BirdLife Australia’s elearning site. It is free for anyone in Australia with an interest in the conservation of the Gang-gang Cockatoo.
The online Gang-gang Cockatoo Edu-Action course is a chance for participants to learn about the Gang-gang Cockatoo, their ecology and behaviour, and how they can help. People taking the course will have the opportunity to share and connect with other participants, and contribute to research that will inform further recovery actions.
The first two rounds of the project have seen participants planting out 7,500 new plants to provide future Gang-gang habitat, advocating for the species, calling for protection of vital hollow-bearing nesting trees and educating and sharing the Gang-gang love with their communities.
This project was developed with the support of the Federal Government’s Regional Bushfire Recovery for Multiregional Species and Strategic Projects Program.
“I’ve started my Action Plan to build a comfortable spot for the Gang-gangs (and other locals of course!) down the back of our bush block. I’ve added in more acacias, eucalypts and geebungs to a small clearing and popped in a high bird bath. I’ve been a daily user of Birdata app for a couple of years now and looking forward to hopefully adding more Gang-gang sightings in the future.” — Ruby
“I’ve enjoyed learning about the specific actions that I can do to help these birds. Through the community forum, I’ve loved hearing about the sightings from other locations in Australia and seeing the beautiful photos that people have contributed. Funnily enough, when I was out planting some new trees for the Gang-gangs, a flock of about 10 flew into our property… it was as though they were saying thank you.” —Julie R
“I’ve enjoyed being inspired by a bunch of enthusiastic and motivated people and hearing about their great ideas. I think sometimes living in suburbia you can feel that there’s not much we can do to help conserve a species but there is always something.” —Denise
“It has been wonderful to be part of the Gang-gang Cockatoo Recovery Project. Living on a large bush block impacted by the fires, our Action Plan has been around supporting the recovering vegetation to ensure ongoing food sources for Gang-gangs and other birds and animals.” —Julie V
The 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires devastated Gang-gang Cockatoo habitat. Subsequently, because of their diminished numbers, the Gang-gang Cockatoo was listed as an endangered species. This BirdLife Australia project is equipping Australians with the skills they need to help save these birds.
The Gang-gang Cockatoo is gregarious in nature. Males have a distinct scarlet red head and slate-grey body with white bars on it. Females are more grey-brown.
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