Save the Cassowary From Extinction in Australia

 
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Dear Friends & Supporters

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.


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Apr 30, 2013

More Trees for Cassowaries Planted

Planting Trees in the Cassowary Corridor
Planting Trees in the Cassowary Corridor

Dear Friends,

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-- medicipj2@yahoo.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.

Cheers,

 

Paul Medici

Dec 14, 2012

Small Nursery, Big Results

Daintree Rainforest Nursery
Daintree Rainforest Nursery

Dear Friends,

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!

 

Cheers,

 

Paul        

Edie and Joe
Edie and Joe
Peanut, cassowary chick
Peanut, cassowary chick
Nov 28, 2012

A "LOT's" at Stake

Urgent Buy Back
Urgent Buy Back

Rainforest Rescue's TOP 5 Daintree Properties to Buy Back & Protect Forever

Rainforest Rescue (RR) has saved 19 Daintree Rainforest properties, to date. This is essential Cassowary habitat.  A "LOT" more needs to be purchased, protected and in many cases restored.  This is what Rainforest Rescue (RR) does and we've been doing it since 1998.  This Holiday Season, we ask that you please consider joining us in saving (forever) those properties that are at greatest threat from development and of highest conservation value.  Development has its place, but not here, not in this ancient natural community.  This land is spoken for and for all of you who can envision the Bennett's Tree Kangaroo sleeping, hear the Green Tree Frog calling and feel the elusive Southern Cassowary booming, you know this area belongs to them and to the future generations-- http://www.rainforestrescue.org.au/documents/Daintree_Top5-201210.pdf .
      
This Holiday Season, please consider saving some of Australia's most vulnerable natural masterpieces and iconic species, such as the great Southern Cassowary, Bennett's Tree Kangaroo, Green Tree Frog plus cockatoos, lorikeets, butterflies and so much more.  There is A "LOT" worth saving and we need your help.  The threat of development on Lot 76 is VERY HIGH. 
  
If you have any questions for us, please feel free to contact me at medicipj2@yahoo.com.  We welcome your questions and comments because quite frankly, it's YOU, the donor, that keeps us doing what we're doing.  Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones from all of us at Rainforest Rescue.
 
Cheers,
 
 
Paul Medici    
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New Cassowary Habitat Growing
New Cassowary Habitat Growing
Sep 13, 2012

Mission Possible! Saving Cassowaries

A male cassowary and his young
A male cassowary and his young
Dear Mates,
 
The surviving Cassowaries of Mission
Beach have got a lot of people worried - and these people will do whatever it
takes to give these magnificent birds a fighting chance.
 
When Category Five Cyclone Yasi crossed the North Queensland coast at Mission Beach
in February last year, the impact was devastating. “This was a nightmare
scenario for the already struggling Cassowary population,” reflects Rainforest
Rescue CEO Kelvin Davies. “Last reports are that 25 Cassowaries have died since
the cyclone; 13 from car strikes..
 
"As few as 40 adult birds may be all that remains of the wild Mission Beach population;
this is in an area long considered a strong-hold for the Endangered Southern
Cassowary.”
Immediately following the cyclone, Rainforest Rescue called its
supporters to action. The generous response from supporters provided funds for
the establishment of monitoring and emergency feed stations. The next vital step
is now underway - to restore Cassowary habitat and the species’ natural food
supply at Mission Beach.
 
Efforts to restore and expand rainforest habitat have kicked off at ‘Cottonwood’; a
rural Mission Beach property with 1,420 trees planted and a further 2,550 trees
to be established through facilitated natural regeneration. The 13.5 hectare
property has been identified as providing a critical wildlife corridor between
an adjoining nature reserve and the
extensive forests of the Djiru National Park. The goal is for this critical
corridor to provide habitat, food, and safe passage for generations of
Cassowaries to come, and increase resilience to future cyclonic
impact.
 
On April 27 this year, 43 volunteers converged at the site to undertake the first phase of the tree planting project.
This community driven project has drawn together representatives from Rainforest
Rescue, Terrain Natural Resource Management (NRM), Community for Coastal and
Cassowary Conservation (C4), Girringun Aboriginal Rangers, Conservation
Volunteers Australia and Cassowary Coast Regional Council. Cassowary food trees
such as Quandongs, Lilly Pillies and Bandicoot Berries were amongst the variety
of tree species planted. A Cassowary was actually spotted on the property that
very day adding further inspiration for the tree planters.
 
"The interest of Rainforest Rescue as a respected national organisation reminds local
people at Mission Beach just how important our tropical lowland rainforest is”.
Said Tony O’Malley of Terrain NRM.  
 
A further 800 trees will be planted at Cottonwood in the property in the coming months,
and ongoing maintenance will be undertaken over the next three years to ensure
optimal tree survival and a closed rainforest canopy. Consultation with local
landholders for future planting sites for Cassowary habitat restoration and
corridors is underway and planting will continue in 2013.
 
We've identified important locations for the corridors, a process which has involved mapping, liaising with local landholders and government to plan for strategic re-vegetation over the coming decade.
Thanks mates.  Besides all this work in Mission Beach, we have our Daintree Rainforest Plant a Rainforest project and our Daintree Rainforest Buyback and Protect Forever project that are directly helping the cassowary.  The Daintree Rainforest is a major cassowary hotspot and Rainforest Rescue has been purchasing and protecting properties in the Daintree since 1998.  The cassowary's habitat needs to be saved, and in many areas, rehabilitated.  We are doing the work that needs to be done and with your help, there is no telling how far we can go.  We would greatly appreciate another charitable gift from you and please don't hesitate to share our story with family and friends.  We are all in this together.
 
Cheers,
Paul Medici and the entire Rainforest Rescue team     
Fan palms in the Daintree Rainforest
Fan palms in the Daintree Rainforest
Car strikes are a major problem
Car strikes are a major problem
Volunteers are invaluable to our efforts
Volunteers are invaluable to our efforts

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