Dear Friend & Supporter,
One of the most ancient of all creatures to inhabit the Wet Tropics of Queensland is the Endangered Southern Cassowary. As a 'keystone species' the Cassowary's role is pivotal in preserving the rainforest and its unique plants and animals. Yet, It's estimated that fewer than 1,000 birds remain.
The Southern Cassowary has been the Wet Tropics' 'rainforest gardener' for virtually its entire existence, and is the major seed disperser of around 150 plant species. Around 70 to 100 of these plants depend entirely on the Cassowary to disperse their seeds, maintaining the rainforest's rich biodiversity.
With so few birds left in the wild, we must act now to help save the Endangered Southern Cassowary. If it becomes extinct, we stand to lose not just one of Australia's most iconic animal species, but also the Wet Tropics - including the magnificient Daintree Rainforest - as we know it.
Please make a donation by Tuesday 31st December to help protect and restore critical Cassowary habitat and assist with conservation efforts.
The greatest threat to Cassowaries is us...people. Rapid urban development in parts of the Wet Tropics has either destroyed or fragmented much of their habitat. An adult Cassowary needs 250 hectares in which to forage for food and to breed. The disruption of their habitat forces them to travel further - exposing them to threats like dog attacks and road fatalities.
Thanks to Rainforest Rescue supporters we are taking postive action to help save the Southern Cassowary. This includes the purchase and protection of 22 properties to date classified as 'essential' Cassowary habitat, and the planting of 43,756 trees in the Daintree Rainforest and at Mission Beach to create Cassowary corridors and provide extra food and shelter.
Mission Beach, south of Cairns, is home to Australia's greatest density of Southern Cassowaries. Yet, due to a combination of rapid development and extreme weather events, like Cyclone Yasi, as few as 40 to 50 birds remain.
That's why we are negotiating with the Queensland State Government to co-manage the Garner's Beach Cassowary Rehabilitation Centre near Mission Beach. This is the only facility that rescues, rehabilitates and releases injured and orphaned Cassowaries back into the wild.
Protecting and restoring essential Cassowary habitat and supporting the life-saving work of the Garner's Beach Cassowary Rehabiliation Centre is only possible with the support of generous people like you. Your donation is key to helping us reach our target of $130,000 by Tuesday 31st January.
Your gift is vital to carrying out these types of long-term projects:
The work of caring for and protecting the rainforest, on your behalf, never stops. As the annual cyclone season begins, a gift from you now can do so much to protect the Endangered Southern Cassowary, which is extremely vuolnerable at this time of year.
Please make a donation by Tuesday 31st December. Together, we can protect and restore habitat that is critical to the survival of the Southern Cassowary - and the many rainforest plants and animals that in turn rely on the 'rainforest gardener' for their survival.
Dear Friends & Supporters
Thanks to your wonderful support a futher 14,362 trees have been planted to restore habitat for the Endangered Southern Cassowary
There's something about Rainforest Rescue's Cassowary Conservation Reserve that inspires people to toil on its behalf, rain or shine....and that has certainly be the case this year with a further 14,362 trees planted over the past twelve months. All of this undertaken by our dedicated Daintree Land Manager Joe Reichl and a handful of passionate volunteers.
This 27.66 hectare property was purchased by Rainforest Rescue in 2010 and has been the focus of our restoration efforts ever since. As a result of a long history of abuse, from a combination of clearing, grazing and Oil Palm cultivation, almost two-thirds of the property was severely degraded with a mass tangle of impenetrable weeds, dumped cars and rubbish. The worst of the weeds was the dreaded Oil Palm; greedily self-seeding across the property.
Situated at the base of the statuesque Thornton's Peak the property provides a critical wildlife corridor between the Daintree Lowland Rainforest and the upper reaches of the Daintree National Park/World Heritage Area. Cassowaries are often spotted traversing through the property with the area classified as containing "essential habitat" for the Endangered Southern Cassowary.
The work being undertaken on the property is part of a three year project which will see a total of 30,000 trees planted on site with a further 59,000 to be facilitated through natural regeneration. All of the trees are grown in our Daintree Rainforest Nursery using locally sourced seeds which adds further integrity to this project.
In addition to the planting the site is also being used as the basis of a research project to record the growth rate of new plantings alongside the natural regeneration that occurs on the site. The research is being headed by rainforest ecologist and botanist Dr Robert Kooyman and facilitated on the ground by our Daintree Land Manager Joe Reichl.
So far two monitoring cycles have been completed. This involves recording the number and size of all planted stems and natural regrowth and the rate and development of the canopy and leaf litter cover. Our project is featured on the Ecological Management & Restoration Project Summaries website and includes a table of the monitoring results to date.
Walking around this property one cannot but be amazed at the incredible transformation that has taken place in the last three years. The wildlife is returning, with Cassowaries visiting almost daily. The vigorous growth of the plantings has replaced a degraded landscape with a vibrant young rainforest and a rapidly developing rainforest canopy.
This restoration project provides a living example of how we can make a difference. Working together we can both protect and restore biodiverse rainforests into the future.
Thank you so much for supporting on projects to protect and restore habitat for the Cassowary. Please donate now to help us continue this vitally important work.
For futher information on our projects please visit our website at www.rainforestrescue.org.au. You can also keep up-to-date by following us on Facebook.
Thanks to your generous support another rainforest property in the Daintree Rainforest has been protected.
Recently we celebrated the purchase and protection of our 21st property in the Daintree, home to the Endangered Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius johnsonii). With only 1,000 Cassowaries left in the wild in Australia, every rainforest property protected ensures the survival of this important rainforest species.
Our 21st property at Lot 76 Rosewood Road Cow Bay is the eighth property to be included in our Baralba Corridor Nature Refuge. The word 'Baralba' comes from the local Aboriginal people, the kuki yalanji, and means 'wildlife track'. The corridor provides critical habitat linkages between two sections of the Daintree National Park/World Heritage Area.
The purchase of Lot 76 Rosewood Road came about when the owners contacted Rainforest Rescue directly to seek advice on how to minimise the impact on the surrounding rainforest when building their dream home. It's a tough question and one we get asked from time to time by landowners in the Daintree. As always we respond with the tough answer: Don't build your home there. We suggested to the owner that perhaps he and his family would consider selling the property to us instead so that we could save the rainforest forever.
At the time the owner was committed to building his family dream home and we left the conversation there. A few months passed and he contacted us again. We were surprised and delighted when he said he would consider selling us the property at a price that would only recover their costs, and not to make a profit on the sale. The family came to this decision after seeing Endangered Southern Cassowaries on their property.
With each property that we purchase we come one step closer to achieving our vision of buying back all properties in the Daintree Rainforest threatened by residential development.
Right now five properties are at the top of our urgent buy back list. Please donate now to ensure precious Cassowary habitat is preserved forever.
Four of the properties are located in the Forest Creek Precinct and form an almost continuous rainforest block. Buying all four at once will create a critical wildlife corridor for the Endangered Southern Cassowary and 122 other rare and threatened species that call the Daintree home. These properties are also close to four other properties purchased and protected by Rainforest Rescue thereby consolidating 10 years worth of conservation efforts in this area of the Daintree.
The fifth property is located in the Kimberely Precinct and is nearby to six other Rainforest Rescue properties.
The purchase of these five properties will go a long way to helping us achieve our vision to buy back and protect all remaining 180 properties threatened by residential development in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest by 2030.
Please donate today and save the Daintree forever.
On behalf of Rainforest Rescue, I wanted to thank you very much for your continued support. We have a very nice Project Report to share with you and we hope it will encourage you to donate again to this fine project and conservation effort. Please know your help and your generous support is the life source of our operations and we mean it when we say that every dollar counts. Please contact me anytime if you happen to have any questions on this project-- email@example.com. Thank you and I hope to hear from some of you soon.
**Cassowaries in the Bingil Bay area have larger, safer and better connected habitat as a result of local residents clearing weeds and planting 500 trees on a council reserve.
Funding provided by Rainforest Rescue culminated in a tree planting event held on Sunday 17th February, managed by project implementation partner Terrain NRM, where nearly 40 locals planted 500 trees.
Around 40 volunteers from the local community planted 500 trees to expand habitat for Cassowary populations at Bingil Bay Reserve
The tree planting is the second to be funded by Rainforest Rescue in the Mission Beach area; the local Cassowary population is also benefitting from the planting of 1,900 trees, also managed by Terrain, in a Cassowary corridor at Cottonwood, near Wongaling Beach.
Bingil Bay resident Greg James, who planted trees on the day and is also a Rainforest Rescue supporter said, “Because of the pressures around here, this is an area that needs attention, every little bit counts.”
This year’s site was specifically chosen because it is known that Cassowaries use this particular reserve for both habitat and as a corridor.
“This corridor links Clump Mountain with Brookes and Garners Beaches and at least six different cassowaries have been seen using this corridor,” said Terrain’s Tony O’Malley.
The corridor provides a valuable wildlife link between Clump Mountain and Brookes and Garners Beach. At least six different Cassowaries are known to use this corridor.
Rainforest Rescue’s Erryn Stephens said, “Through Terrain we are achieving positive outcomes for local Cassowary populations and other threatened and endangered species that rely on the rainforest for survival.
“This collaborative approach to rainforest restoration would not be possible without the wonderful support we have received from the Mazda Foundation, Taronga Conservation Society, GlobalGiving donors, Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife, North Queensland Wildlife Trust and Amuse Australia, along with donations from the general community.”
The site is part of a network of reserves managed by the Cassowary Coast Regional Council in the Bingil Bay area.
This particular tree planting event builds on revegetation work that Terrain previously funded C4 to do to improve the landscape for this endangered species, on another section of the same site.
Local Siobhan Jackson said, “The community involvement is a great initiative. It gives people ownership of environmental care and an awareness of where the corridors are.”
“Bingil Bay is a special place where people live in the rainforest and share the same space as the Cassowary,” said Mr O’Malley.
Rainforest Rescue will also fund a contractor to manage weeds in the replanted site through the wet season.
Sometimes, Rainforest Rescue purchases properties that are in need of some restoration work. It's a good thing our Daintree Rainforest Nursery is in great hands. Please see the story below:
When it comes to taking credit for the Daintree Rainforest Plant Nursery’s extraordinary outputs, Nursery Manager Edie Beitzel shies away from the spotlight. But Edie and her small band of volunteers must be doing something right – they propagated 6,000 rainforest plants last year growing up to 165 different rainforest species.
“We have 10 volunteers on the books doing various tasks, and about four come along regularly each week. They come for an enjoyable afternoon. They like to see the progress, from the seed stage, through to when they are planted in the ground.
On a typical day, I prepare the volunteers essential afternoon tea, move stock out to make space for new propagations, update the database, it’s pretty varied and planting.
It’s a challenge to keep up the diversity of species.
For example, some species might only fruit every two years – so it’s timing things for when we need them. We have to ensure there are enough species for projects, keep enough balance. For Cassowaries, it’s supplying the trees that they need, so that there’s always something fruiting.
I’ve been doing this job for a bit over two years. It’s interesting, flexible, there is always something surprising… I love learning about the rainforest and working with the volunteers. I also have three kids and they love being part of it too.”
Thank you friends. We value your support and if you're in a position to give a Year-End Tax-Deductible donation to the project, we would greatly appreciate it. There is a lot of work to be done, but having your support is a blessing. Happy Holidays!
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