In 2021, Iluka entered a three year partnership with Murdoch University’s Harry Butler Institute to conduct research on the movement ecology of Carnaby’s Cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus latirostris) in the Cataby region. The research aims to determine flock movement and habitat use across the region and surrounding areas. Researchers use non-invasive GPS tracking to capture frequent, fine-scale movements of birds, as well as satellite tracking to capture broader bird movements through the landscape.
In 2022, a 5-year-old female bird at Cataby was confirmed to have been born 70 kilometres to the north, indicating mixing between these bird populations. This was the first recorded instance of a bird from these northern populations breeding at Cataby since monitoring began 20+ years ago.