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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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

Community Collaboration for Cassowaries

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!

Draft National Wildlife Corridors Plan

One of the major threats facing cassowaries in North Queensland is the loss of habitat and connectivity.

The Australian Government has expressed their commitment to developing a strategy to restore and manage ecological connections in the Australian landscape, and has recently released a Draft National Wildlife Corridors Plan (PDF) for public comment. Continue reading

Zoo and Aquarium Association Cassowary Husbandry Workshop

The Zoo and Aquarium Association hosted a cassowary husbandry workshop on 3-4 August 2011 to update the Cassowary Husbandry Manual (Romer Ed. 1997) with the latest information about all aspects of the captive management of the Southern Cassowary. The primary aim of the document will be to update and improve captive cassowary husbandry and management across the board, and it will be freely shared with all establishments housing Southern Cassowaries, and with those who work with, or would like to work with, the species.  Continue reading