Terrain NRM has produced Keeping Cassowaries Connected, a short film which follows a young cassowary named Peanut on his journey through a rainforest corridor at Mission Beach in Far North Queensland where he meets a range of local landholders and Traditional Owners.
Thanks to the efforts on local conservationists at Mission Beach, cassowaries can now enjoy wandering through a 25ha block near Wongaling Beach safe in the knowledge that it is protected as a part of a local wildlife corridor.
The Community for Coastal and Cassowary Conservation (C4) and the Queensland Trust for Nature (QTFN) have worked together to purchase the property known as Lot 66, a popular area of cassowary habitat. Together with the adjacent Lot 802 which the local council has designated a wildlife corridor to be managed by the the Djiru Warangburra Aboriginal Corporation, Lot 66 forms part of an important wildlife corridor from the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area to the coast.
Lot 66 will be surveyed, its condition improved and a suitable house site designated before it is resold as a Nature Refuge.
You can read all the details of how Lot 66 was purchased on the C4 webpage and in the link to the special bulletin about Lot 66.
Cassowary Sightings from the Cassowary Coast 1999-2012
For many years, CRT member C4 have been collecting sightings information about cassowaries through a daily log at their Visitor Centre in Mission Beach.
When local retiree, Jeff Larson (a self-confessed “mad stats” person), joined C4 in 2009, he generously volunteered his time to enter all the data into a spreadsheet for public viewing. Continue reading
Several members of the Cassowary Recovery Team – Mission Beaches Cassowaries, Kuranda Conservation, and the Daintree Region Cassowary Group – have joined forces to apply for a Community Action Grant with assistance from Terrain NRM. If successful, the $20,000 grant will fund delivery of local community awareness and information sharing workshops and help to improve data collection and recording methods. Read more about it on Terrain NRM’s website. UPDATE (June 2012): unfortunately this application was not successful, but CRT members are continuing to look for alternative sources of funding. If you can help, please let us know!
“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.
Road mortality is the greatest cause of known cassowary deaths at Mission Beach. Between 1992 and June 2010, at least 60 cassowaries died on local roads. At the request of Terrain NRM, James Cook University (JCU) undertook significant research into traffic impacts on cassowaries (and other fauna) on Mission Beach roads. Continue reading
On Sunday 20 November, the Queensland Government launched it’s new biodiversity strategy: Building Nature’s Resilience: A Biodiversity Strategy for Queensland.
One of the priorities in the strategy is “developing and implementing a Cassowary Rescue Plan in collaboration with key stakeholders in the Mission Beach area“. Continue reading