Cyclone Yasi Response 14/02/12

CYCLONE YASI UPDATE FROM DERM 14/02/12
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“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.

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Traffic impacts on cassowaries

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

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Welcome to the website of the Cassowary Recovery Team (CRT), a group of organisations working together to implement the recovery plan for the Southern Cassowary and ‘protect cassowaries, habitats and corridors from threats through better planning, monitoring and community involvement’ .

We hope you enjoy exploring the site and learning more about the endangered Southern Cassowary and how we’re working to protect these magnificent birds. 

Cyclone Yasi Response 14/06/11

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 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 21/03/11

CYCLONE YASI RESPONSE UPDATE FROM WTMA & DERM 21/03/11

  • DERM has established 98 feed stations from the Cardwell Range north to Flying Fish Point, and
  • 7000 kg of fruit has been dropped by helicopter and placed at feeding stations.
  • Despite the wet weather, crews have been able to access most feed stations from their work bases at Innisfail, Cardwell and Garner’s Beach.
  • Regrettably, one cassowary was hit by a vehicle and killed on the Mission Beach–Tully Road. This is a timely reminder to drive with care in cassowary habitat.
  • Over two hundred hours of volunteer time has been committed to the program and over 30 landholders are supporting feed stations.

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