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The great inland glossy count

Pilliga National Park

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Inland NSW has a significant but declining glossy black cockatoo population. Help us conserve this species. Take part in a glossy count in Pilliga Forest and Goonoo National Park.


Pilliga Forest: Sign up by 5pm, Wednesday 15 February 2023. Glossy count on Saturday 18 February 2023.

Goonoo National Park: Sign up by 5pm, Wednesday 22 February 2023. Glossy count on Saturday 25 February 2023.

No wheelchair access
Medium. Suitable for all ages. Children under 12 years must be supervised by an adult at all times because the counts take place around water.
No. Bring binoculars and a note pad. 4WD vehicles will be needed to access some sites.
Bookings required.
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Inland NSW’s glossy black cockatoo population is concentrated in woodland and forest areas stretching from Parkes to Narrabri.

Come along and volunteer for this coordinated count of the inland glossy in the following areas:

You’ll be helping establish the size and extent of the glossy population across these areas. Sit back and count glossy black cockatoos as they come into known watering holes. Enjoy spending time in some of our amazing national parks and state forests. You can choose to volunteer at one or more sites.

If you’ve got some birdwatching experience that’s great, but the glossy is a very distinctive species and easily identified. The only equipment you’ll need to bring are a pair of binoculars and a notepad. We’ll train you to use your binoculars in this context, and about bird ID and methods used before you start on the day.

The program is being delivered by the NSW Government through a partnership between the Saving our Species Program and the Environmental Trust.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info