“Twelve months have now passed since Cyclone Yasi damaged large areas of cassowary habitat between Cardwell and Innisfail and at Mission Beach on 2 and 3 February 2011.
The forest is showing significant signs of recovery. Trees now contain significant re-growth, and flowering and fruit development continue to increase, highlighting the resilience of these forests. However, due to the significant damage to the forest caused by the cyclone, the supply of rainforest fruits is still at a low level.
CYCLONE YASI RESPONSE UPDATE FROM WTMA & DERM 14/06/11
The Cassowary Response Team has continued operations since Cyclone Yasi damaged large areas of cassowary habitat between Cardwell and Innisfail and at Mission Beach on 2 and 3 February 2011. At 14 June 2011, DERM had 104 active feed stations from the Cardwell Range north to Flying Fish Point. A total of more than 49,000 kg of fruit has been distributed. Continue reading
CYCLONE YASI RESPONSE UPDATE FROM WTMA & DERM 27/04/11
Birds Australia North Queensland (BANQ) have also been actively supporting cassowary recovery efforts with a donation of $10,000 towards the CSIRO-led DNA-based assessment of the impact of the feeding programme, and have applied for more funding from a variety of other sources to help support David Westcott’s monitoring programme. The Thorsborne Trust has also kindly donated $3,000. Continue reading
CYCLONE YASI RESPONSE UPDATE FROM WTMA & DERM 08/03/11
A downloadable map showing the approximate location of feeding stations is now available via the DERM website.
Volunteers are still needed at Garner’s Beach and Innisfail QPWS to help cut-up fruit. Work at Innisfail is occurring on Monday, Thursday and Friday afternoons. So far, work has only been on weekdays, but, if enough volunteers are interested, weekend sessions can be organised at Garner’s Beach. Continue reading
CYCLONE YASI RESPONSE UPDATE FROM WTMA & DERM 04/03/11
As of today:
- DERM have established 86 feed stations from theCardwellRangenorth to Flying Fish Point
- 2400 kg of fruit had been dropped by helicopter and placed at feeding stations
- Ten cameras are monitoring feed stations and are showing cassowaries using those sites
- Volunteers are still need at Garner’s Beach on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (and for another week or so also at Innisfail) to help cut-up fruit. Please contact:
Ms Jodie Eden, Community Education Ranger
Telephone (07) 4091 8102 Mobile 0427-117854 Continue reading