Keeping track

Young cassowary chicks have a low chance of survival after the premature death of a parent, so chicks are regularly brought into care at the Garner’s Beach rehabilitation facility where they are hand-reared by DERM staff until ready for release into the wild.

Until recently, nothing was known about the fate of the released birds, but a new research project is changing that. Continue reading

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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

Queensland pledges support for the cassowaries of Mission Beach

On Sunday 20 November, the Queensland Government launched it’s new biodiversity strategy: Building Nature’s Resilience: A Biodiversity Strategy for Queensland.

One of the priorities in the strategy is “developing and implementing a Cassowary Rescue Plan in collaboration with key stakeholders in the Mission Beach area“. 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