Gaga about Gang-gangs?

Are you gaga about Gang-gang Cockatoos? So are we! Join us for a new project that will give you the knowledge and skills to take action to make a real impact on the conservation of this iconic species! Participants will also help us uncover the secrets of this charismatic but mysterious bird and contribute to research that will inform further Gang-gang Cockatoo recovery actions!  

Your participation will allow us to build our understanding of the Gang-gang Cockatoo and provide important community education and habitat refuges to support their conservation. This is a crucial time to be involved in this project, as the 2019-2020 bushfires affected much of their known range. Little is known about the Gang-gang Cockatoo and its distribution, feeding and nesting habitats. 

The project will run from January to May, 2022 and will be focused on four regions: Eurobodalla, Blue Mountains, East Gippsland and the Australian Capital Territory.  

We want to hear from you if you are gaga about Gang-gangs and are: 

  • Located in one of these regions: Eurobodalla, Blue Mountains, East Gippsland and the Australian Capital Territory. 

  • A garden owner or rural property owner. 

  • Can commit to completing a short (3 hour) self-guided online course to learn about Gang-gang Cockatoos and how you can take action to support their conservation. 

  • Can commit to undertaking an action (planting appropriate plant species) in your space to provide habitat or enhance existing habitat for the Gang-gang Cockatoo. 

If this is you, we are currently taking expressions of interest for participants! Please fill in our form, available here – we will then be in touch with further details.  

 

 

Gang-gangs in schools! 

And, if you are a school leader or teacher, you’re in luck because in Term 1, 2022, you have the opportunity to join us for this project as part of a very special Birds in Schools program!  

Students at a limited number of participating schools will learn about local birds, including the Gang-gang Cockatoo, and receive free native plants and support to plant these at school. 

What does Birds in Schools offer students and teachers? 

  • Teacher training gives teachers the knowledge and skills to deliver high quality sustainability education. 

  • A supported, curriculum-linked teaching resource including lesson plans and resources. 

  • The chance to become citizen scientists and actively participate in the scientific process. 

  • An opportunity to investigate real-life sustainability issues and develop action-oriented responses. 

  • Free plants to plant at school in increase Gang-gang habitat and a way to prioritise biodiversity within the school, with greener spaces improving the wellbeing of students too. 

Ready to join the Birds in Schools gang-gang? We are currently taking expressions of interest for participants! Please fill in our form, available here – we will then be in touch with further details.  

 

How much does it cost? 

The program is free for all participants to take part in. BirdLife will provide free plants for students to plant at their school or community to improve habitat for Gang-gang Cockatoos. Garden owners will be required to fund their activities. 

What is Birds in Schools? 

Birds in Schools is a free environmental education program designed by BirdLife Australia and its Urban Birds Program. Available online through BirdLife’s e-learning platform, Birds in Schools equips teachers to deliver sustainability education and action for local birds with support from BirdLife. 

Further information 

For more information, please contact Alexandra Johnson at alexandra.johnson@birdlife.org.au 

 and   @birdsinbackyards
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