Cassowaries in National Geographic

The September 2013 edition of National Geographic has a ‘Big Bird’ story about cassowaries in the Wet Tropics and lots of wonderful photos by Christian Ziegler. You can read the story and see photos and videos on the National Geographic website.

The Cassowary Recovery Team assisted with information and editing for the article and data for the map.

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Cassowaries and vehicles caught on camera

Kuranda Conservation recently received grant funds for motion-activated cameras to help identify the number of cassowaries in the Kuranda region.These are the first shots from cameras set up near Black Mountain Road which show a  cassowary about to cross the road (arrowed below). Also captured are the logging trucks which use the road. The drivers recognise the need for care and slow down at this known cassowary crossing, but it does highlight the danger from all vehicles for these birds.

To find out more, see the monitoring page on the Kuranda Conservation website.

To report any sightings of cassowaries in the Kuranda region, see the sightings page on the Kuranda Conservation website.

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New signs for the Cassowary Coast

The Wet Tropics Management Authority has developed some new signs to educate people about cassowaries. Cassowary Coast Regional Council will be putting them up where cassowaries are frequently seen.

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A new sign will also be put up at Coquette Point where cassowaries are often seen on the beach and in the nearby rainforest and swamps. The sign also tells people to look after the little terns and other shorebirds that nest on the dunes and visit the beaches.

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New cassowary planning guidelines

New guidelines will help town planners and developers to protect the habitat of the region’s iconic cassowary and mahogany glider.

Cassowary at Coquette PointHabitat corridors connecting sections of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area are very important for the long term survival of cassowaries. Ecological corridors are a vital part of every Council’s new planning scheme. Good planning makes sure that their habitat is conserved and includes ecological corridors for wildlife to move across the landscape.

You can read more in the media release and cassowary guidelines flyer.

You can download the full Cassowaries in Planning Schemes Guideline. 

A totally wild play

The Totally Wild story Three Little Endangered Animals will be going to air on Thursday 15th November 2012 at 3:30pm on Network Ten, Australia. The story features a play about the bilby, the cassowary and the dugong. The play will be travelling to most schools in Queensland. The episode will also be available on line at www.totallywild.com.au.

Many thanks to Deb Pople

After two years of devotion to cassowary conservation, Tablelands tree planting and tramp ant eradication, Deb Pople has decided to leave the Wet Tropics Management Authority and apply her considerable skills and experience in new realms.

Deb has been a driving force behind the Cassowary Recovery Team and established the website from scratch. She will be greatly missed.

All the best Deb, and we hope to still see you around the Wet Tropics!