My visit at 100% Black at Jamarri
100% Black at Jamarri is another black cockatoo rescue centre, located in Jalbarragup, 20 kms southwest of Nannup, on the boundary of Helms forest. I am actually not sure how I heard from this place at first. Then, last year, I went on holidays down south and contacted Jamarri, to see if I could visit during my stay in Nannup.
Update: As of 2020, Jamarri has closed due to Dee’s retirement.
100% Black at Jamarri is not very well known and probably not as popular as Kaarakin. If you go to Nannup, there are a few flyers available at the visitor centre and at a few shops in Nannup. It’s possible to visit the centre. However, being on a private property and only manned by one person, it is necessary to get in touch first to make a booking. The Facebook is accessible via this link.
History of 100% Black at Jamarri Black Cockatoo Sanctuary
100% Black at Jamarri is run by Dee Patterson. Dee used to run Jamarri with her late husband until he sadly passed away in 2015. Jamarri started his mission in 1989. Altogether, it has nursed more than 250 black cockatoos over the past three decades. It started with a single black cockatoo that Dee, with her husband, nursed back to health after moving from Karratha back to Nannup.
Hence, started Jamarri Cockatoo Rescue Centre. Jamarri is a not-for-profit organisation and entirely relies on sponsorships and donations so if you have a few dollars to spare, please consider making a donation or you can even contact Dee and she will find some ways how you can help. When I visited her in August 2018, she was telling me that it is hard to find volunteers to help her maintain and build new aviaries as well as making perches for the black cockatoos.
Dee is more than busy with the centre. She does many trips per week, to pick up and rescue cockatoos. As such, she recently had to get the engine of her Prado rebuilt due to clocking up so many kilometres in months!
Her devotion to the birds is second to none. This can be seen in the black cockatoo’s behaviour after being released. When they come and visit Jamarri, it’s clear that they remember Dee and are grateful for her help and assistance at giving them another chance at living in the wild.
Having visited another hot spot for black cockatoo conservation in Moora, I realise that black cockatoo rescue centres have many battles to fight. First of all, they can only run thanks to received donations, grants and sponsors. Without this, it becomes difficult to feed and care for the black cockatoos. Then, the Department of Parks and Wildlife (also known as DBCA nowadays), does not recommend feeding the black cockatoos with sunflower seeds. Nor does it encourage the breeding of black cockatoos in aviaries. It requires a license to do so but the only organisation able to give the license is DPAW itself. This license is apparently hard to get.
Moreover, we can understand that breeding cockatoos at rescue centres can be difficult due to the parents being perhaps non releasable due to injury. But if this is the only way to top up populations, would it not be possible to release the cockatoos and let them come and go as they please?
Logging destroys black cockatoo homes
During my visit, I noticed a few black cockatoos with destroyed feathers. Dee explained that those cockatoos where found in trees which were felled for logging. It is sad to say that logging companies don’t care about animals living in the trees. They do not check for nests and nor do they check when the trees are down for any injured wildlife.
Dee also explained that due to lack of food and stress, the black cockatoos can be smaller in average. When the birds are released, it is often in the Helms forest. However, Dee explained that they often come back to Jamarri for seeds as their home has been burnt or logged.
Sadly, the state’s logging agency has moved to increase the logging of native trees by up to 50%, even if the black cockatoos and other species rely on the forest to survive. The will to log those biodiversity hot spots is explained by the wish to sell more native forest timbers in order to enhance the long term industry viability.
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