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Securing a Future for Cockatoo in Australia

In keeping with our core values here at Newmont, we are committed to serving as a responsible steward of the environment. In this effort, our Boddington operation forged a partnership with NGOs, academia, community organizations and the government to help protect the black cockatoo species in Western Australia.

The black cockatoo species is unique to southwestern Australia and is classified as threatened under both state and federal legislation.

With funding support from Newmont Boddington, the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences at Murdoch University in Perth is conducting a three-year study to better understand the health and migration habits of these highly mobile birds using an innovative double-tag tracking system.

Researchers attach satellite and GPS transmitters to the tail feathers of rehabilitated Carnaby’s cockatoos before releasing them. Since June 2016, more than a dozen birds have been equipped with the tracking technology.

The satellite transmitters provide landscape-scale data on the movement and location of the birds with accuracy to within 250 meters. The GPS transmitters provide fine-scale data, including highly accurate GPS locations, detailed movement and behavioral data. These tags remain operational for about a year and are shed during the annual molt of the tail feathers.

This research is the first of its kind to use double-tag tracking on free-ranging black cockatoos.

One of the many goals of the three-year study is to help the Government of Western Australia’s Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions identify and prioritize nesting sites for recovery action and to facilitate the implementation of voluntary management agreements and conservation covenants to secure future habitat for the species.

To find out more about Newmont’s approach to biodiversity, visit Beyond the Mine, our sustainability performance report.

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