On 25 February 2016, Gregory Andrews, the Threatened Species Commissioner, sent a message to the Cassowary Recovery Team about the importance of the southern cassowary in the Wet Tropics and Cape York and what we need to do to conserve this unique bird – nominated as one of the 20 priority bird species in Australia.
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.
Yellow crazy ants Anoplolepis gracilipes, a serious threat to the biodiversity of the Wet Tropics, including cassowaries, have recently been identified inside the World Heritage Area for the first time in Little Mulgrave National Park near Edmonton. Continue reading →
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 →