Cassowary Sightings Log

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

Cyclone Yasi Response 27/04/11

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 04/04/11

CYCLONE YASI RESPONSE UPDATE FROM WTMA & DERM 04/04/11

  • DERM has established 99 feed stations from the Cardwell Range north to Flying Fish Point
  • 10,500 kg of fruit has been distributed, mainly to feeding stations.
  • Despite the wet weather, crews have been able to access most feed stations from their work bases at Innisfail, Cardwell and Garners Beach.
  • Over four hundred hours of volunteer time has been committed to the program and over 30 landholders are supporting feed stations. Continue reading

Cyclone Yasi Response 08/03/11

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 04/03/11

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
Email jodie.eden@derm.qld.gov.au
Telephone (07) 4091 8102 Mobile 0427-117854 Continue reading

Cyclone Yasi Response 23/02/11

CYCLONE YASI RESPONSE UPDATE FROM WTMA & DERM 23/02/11

Here’s a brief update on the Cassowary Feeding Programme (as of 21 February):

  • 53 feeding stations have been established from the Cardwell Range north to Flying Fish Point
  • 1500 kg of fruit distributed through feeding stations or dropped by helicopter
  • Observations from the community have been very helpful in locating appropriate places for feeding stations
  • QPWS’s Cassowary Response Team is still assessing the damage to cassowary habitat with more feeding stations and heli-drops to come
  • Any volunteers willing to help with cutting up fruit at Garner’s Beach on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays should register with Jodie Eden:

Ms Jodie Eden, Community Education Ranger
Email jodie.eden@derm.qld.gov.au
Telephone (07) 4091 8102 Mobile 0427-117854