Three chicks who have been residents at Garners Beach Cassowary Recovery Facility during 2015 were released back into the wild in late November. Small tracking devices have been attached to the young birds. Dr Hamish Campbell and Dr Graham Lauridsen will be running a three year tracking project to see where the birds roam and how long they survive. The tracking devices are small, placed on the back of the cassowary’s neck, and the batteries last between three and five years. The birds will be tracked from a transceiver located in the bush near the release site in Hull River National Park south of the river. The transceiver has a range of about five kilometres. Local residents will also be on the lookout any birds with the tracking devices if they travel further afield.
There have also been some new arrivals at Garners Beach in the past month.
World Cassowary Day was held on Saturday 26 September at Mission Beach. Over 40 organisations set up stalls at the C4 Environment Centre and in the adjacent arboretum. After some heavy rains early in the day, the weather fined up and the visitors flowed in all morning. Special guests included Gregory Andrews, the Threatened Species Commissioner, Bob Irwin, Julia Leu the Douglas Shire mayor and Bill Shannon, the mayor of Cassowary Coast Regional Council.
You can see all the pictures and activities and stalls at the World Cassowary Day website. The 2016 World Cassowary Day celebrations will be held in the Daintree.
Many thanks to the organisers and all those who participated, in particular C4 (Community for Cassowary Conservation), Mission Beach Cassowaries, Terrain NRM, Kuranda Conservation and ABC Far North.