The COCKATUBE artificial nestbox project was established in 2005 in response to a reduction in breeding habitat being identified as the principal reason for the decline in WA Forest Black Cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus baudinii, C.latirostris and C.banksii-naso). With government agencies, NGO's, LGA's, industry and community, the project focus over the past 13 years has been community engagement and artificial habitat creation. Over 800 Cockatubes have been distributed across south west WA. The program has captured the imagination of community and helped raise awareness and support for Black Cockatoo recovery. Monitoring programs on Cockatubes, have been undertaken by various stakeholders across localities, with some sites extremely successful, and others not so. Over the life of the project, and particularly in during early stages, 78 Cockatubes were installed across the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale, on public and private land. This project proposes to conduct field inspections to collect data and address maintenance with the aims to:
* inform the program on local breeding habitat and nestbox uptake;
* create a unique identification number and ensure all relevant data for each Cockatube has been captured in the existing database;
* assess and address maintenance requirements and impact of nestbox placement on tree; and
* develop a community monitoring program.