Save the Cassowary From Extinction in Australia

 
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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
Jun 7, 2012

GG Donors Driving Success & Bonus Day 6/13

Planting at a Mission Beach Cassowary Corridor
Planting at a Mission Beach Cassowary Corridor

Dear Friends,

On behalf of Rainforest Rescue, I would like to personally thank each and every one of you for your interest and generosity.  Your actions and donations are a big reason why Rainforest Rescue is succeeding in its mission.  In the past month alone, we (meaning Rainforest Rescue, GlobalGiving Donors and our other Members and Supporters) have succeeded in purchasing and protecting forever "our" 16th Daintree Rainforest property!  Together, we have also planted 600 trees in a major Cassowary Corridor in Mission Beach, which is a town in the Cassowary Coast.  Mission Beach is a major Cassowary Hotspot and Rainforest Rescue is working closely with great landcare groups and community groups (such as Mission Beach Cassowaries) to protect the Endangered Cassowary and its rainforest habitat.

Please read further on this great success.  The posts below highlight why having your support is so very important and special. 

http://www.rainforestrescue.org.au/blog/2012/05/02/cassowaries-home-expanded/

http://www.rainforestrescue.org.au/blog/2012/05/22/rainforest-rescue-saves-another-rainforest-block/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+RainforestRescueBlog+%28Rainforest+Rescue+Blog%29&utm_content=FeedBurner

I now ask that if the above work inspires you and fills you with a deep sense of pride, that you consider donating once again to this special conservation effort of ours on June 13, which is Bonus Day at GlobalGiving.  On June 13, all donations made will be matched at 30% (up to $1,000 per donation) until the $75,000 in available matching funds are depleted.  This is a great opportunity to see your donations go even farther and Rainforest Rescue would greatly appreciate the your support.  Please note, matching funds are usually depleted by 1:00-2:00 PM so please donate early if you are able to help Rainforest Rescue take advantage of this great opportunity.  Bonus Day starts at 12:01 EDT!!  More information on Bonus Day can be found on the GlobalGiving website.

Thank you again friends for the action you have taken to help save the Endangered Cassowary and Australia's World Heritage Valued Tropical Rainforest.  If you have any questions or comments you would like to share, please contact me at medicipj2@yahoo.com or paul@rainforestrescue.org.au.

Cheers,

Paul Medici 

Another Rainforest Lot Saved!
Another Rainforest Lot Saved!
Impressive Buttress Roots on Canopy Floor
Impressive Buttress Roots on Canopy Floor
Mission Beach Development--The Bad!
Mission Beach Development--The Bad!
Mar 12, 2012

YOU Make the Difference!/Bonus Day March 14th!!

Cassowary
Cassowary

Dear Donors & Friends,

On behalf of Rainforest Rescue, I am very happy to be reporting back to you today.  Quickly, I would like to let all of you know that March 14th is Bonus Day at GlobalGiving!!!  Donations will be matched at 30% starting at 12:01 AM EST and going until $50,000 in Matching Funds runs out.  Funds DO run out quickly so if you can donate, please donate early.  Thank You!!       

I have a bunch of great news to share and a sad note as well.  Since Cyclone Yasi hit in early February 2011, 21 Cassowary have been killed.  Many were hit by cars while forging for food in areas struck particularly hard by the cyclone.  With only around 1,000 adult Cassowary left in the wild in Australia, this news does indeed strike a cord.  But thanks to donors (partners) like you, Rainforest Rescue is right on target and accomplishing our goals.

Every Wednesday we have volunteers helping us in our nursery.  Right now, the following tree-planting activity is going on:

-- on Lot 46 Cape Tribulation Road, we achieved the planting of 1,000 trees in the month of February between periods of driving rain.  This is a Rainforest Rescue property.

--  On target to plant 3,080 trees between April-June on the Cassowary Conservation Reserve in the Daintree Rainforest.  This is a Rainforest Rescue property.

-- Great News!!!  People Purchasing Power!  Another Daintree Rainforest Property SAVED by donors like YOU and Rainforest Rescue!!  See article below:  

http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2012/03/09/209545_local-news.html

--And finally, we have 2 community tree planting events coming up in the Daintree Rainforest and the Mission Beach area in the Cassowary Coast.  Both events will involve the broader community and the invitations are being prepared to go out now. 

As you can see friends, Rainforest Rescue relies on its supporters, volunteers and donors keeping the faith and staying with us through thick and thin.  Our strength comes from people like you standing side by side with us--and in many cases, helping us with the work on the ground.  None of this can be accomplished without funds, which is why we greatly appreciate your continued support.  Thank you very much for your time today friends and please do drop us a line from time to time.  We would love to hear from you!  What is it about the Cassowary that makes you such a fan?  Have you ever seen a Cassowary in the wild in Australia or at a zoo?  How long have you been interested in supporting Rainforest Conservation Initiatives?

Cheers,

 

Paul Medici & the entire Rainforest Rescue team! 

Mossman Creek, Cassowary Conservation Reserve
Mossman Creek, Cassowary Conservation Reserve
Rainforest Rescue
Rainforest Rescue's Daintree Nursery
The Endangered and Elusive Keystone Species
The Endangered and Elusive Keystone Species
Jan 20, 2012

Restoring Critical Cassowary (Wildlife) Corridors & Early 2012 Cassowary Update

Losing Ground, Mission Beach, Liz Gallie Photo
Losing Ground, Mission Beach, Liz Gallie Photo

Dear Friends,

It has been a terribly rough start to 2012 for the Endangered Southern Cassowary.  There have already been four deaths reported as well as the orphaning of a Cassowary chick.  Nowhere is the Cassowary more in danger of being struck down by a car or mauled by a domestic dog than in the Cassowary Coast area of Tropical North Queensland, just south of the city of Cairns.  Many areas such as Mission Beach, Garners Beach, Tully, Etty Bay and more provide invaluable habitat for many adult Cassowary and their young.  This is a major Cassowary Hotspot and increased development (some of it massive in scale) in and around Mission Beach has taken a humongous toll on the Cassowary and its habitat, Low-Lying Tropical Rainforest.  Now, the Mission Beach Cassowaries are in a tailspin.  Most of this World Heritage valued rainforest doesn't have protected status so it is up to Rainforest Rescue, local organizations, the community and our international friends and partner organizations to save the Mission Beach Cassowaries (as well as Cassowary throughout Tropical North Queensland) and its habitat forever.  Yes--it is literally up to all of us.

Not that anyone who works day in and day out with the Southern Cassowary needs a wake-up call, but four Cassowary deaths already this year, is indeed alarming.  The Mission Beach area was hit not too long ago with a Category 5 strength cyclone last February and the Cassowary is still suffering in the aftermath.  Its habitat has been stripped of some of its main food sources (fruit from rainforest trees) and so the Cassowary has been forced to forage for food beyond its normal habitat more often than not--leading it onto the roads and into people's backyards where cars and dogs are causing havoc.

The good news friends is that Rainforest Rescue has a plan, developed along with the local community, to restore critical Mission Beach Cassowary (Wildlife) Corridors which will provide habitat, food and safe passage for generations of Cassowary to come.  Together, with your help, we can plant 10,000 (or more) rainforest trees in the degraded corridors by early April.  Each tree cost $10.  May we count on you to help us save the last of the Mission Beach Cassowaries?  The Cassowary needs the rainforest and the rainforest needs the Cassowary, and Man needs both for environmental and medicinal purposes.  We also need to preserve ancient flora and fauna for future generations and the Cassowary plays a major role in managing this dynamic ecosystem.          

Rainforest Rescue knows what needs to be done.  Our strategic approach is in place and now is the time to act.  Action "is" the answer and the Cassowary's only hope.  Your donations will go straight to work--revegetating the corridors, these lifelines, for the Endangered Southern Cassowary and other wildlife.  Seed collection, planting many different varieties of rainforest trees (including fruit trees for food), removing invasive weeds, wildlife fencing and increased signage are just some of the jobs needing funds today.   

Finally, Rainforest Rescue would like to thank folks such as Liz Gallie, Paul Toogood, Cynthia Francis, Tony O' Malley, Russell Constable and many others that live in Mission Beach (and the greater Cassowary Coast area) for their activism and their community action.  They are on the front lines, helping raise awareness to the Cassowary's plight in the Mission Beach and surrounding area, and taking part in community tracking projects that record Cassowary sightings and other Cassowary behavior.  Most of the photos we picked for this Project Update come from them and our new main Project Profile picture, Losing Ground, is from Liz Gallie.  Liz even won an award for this great photo last year.

So, thank you friends, donors, organizational and corporate partners and more for all you do.  Only a team effort will save the Endangered Southern Cassowary and its mega bio-diverse habitat from extinction and we need the “whole team” with us right now.  Again, action is the only chance the Cassowary has and Rainforest Rescue is committed to action.  We’ve been working to save the Cassowary and its habitat since 1998 and we’ve seen the good that comes from hard work and dedication.   Please feel free to contact us anytime with any questions or comments you may have.  We encourage participation in this project because this is “our” project, all of ours.  We look forward to chatting with you soon!

Cheers,

Paul Medici & the entire Rainforest Rescue Staff

 

PS  We have made some slight revisions to the project and these include the title and the inclusion of Cassowary (Wildlife) Corridors into the body of the text.  Just $10 plants one tree in these vital corridors which will provide habitat, food and safe passage for the Endangered Southern Cassowary!                   

Cars & Cassowary Don
Cars & Cassowary Don't Mix, Liz Gallie Photo
Mission Beach Cassowary (Wildlife) Corridors
Mission Beach Cassowary (Wildlife) Corridors
North Hull River, Raeleen Smith Photo
North Hull River, Raeleen Smith Photo
One Tree at a Time, Rainforest Rescue
One Tree at a Time, Rainforest Rescue

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Dec 27, 2011

Thanks for your support

Dear Friends & Supporters

Thanks to your generosity we have successfully completed our GlobalGiving Challenge and secured a permanent spot on the GlobalGiving website. Thank you so much. We could not have done this without you!!!!

Having our projects featured permanently on GlobalGiving will allow us to extend our reach and connect with like minded people who care about protecting our precious rainforests.

To those supporters who are new to Rainforest Rescue please visit our website to learn more about the work we do to protect rainforests within Australia and around the world.

To our existing supporters thank you for responding to our request for support. We know that Christmas can be a busy time and we appreciate you donating to our cause.

In my last report I mentioned that we are currently fundraising to buy back our 16th property in the Daintree which will protect vital habitat for the Endangered Southern Cassowary. I am pleased to announce that we are now over half-way to our goal of $112,000 to secure this important property and we will be continuing to fundraise to secure this property in the New Year. We have also earmarked another potential property purchase for June 2012.

Throughout 2011 we were also actively fundraising to support Cassowary populations at Mission Beach whose habitat was destroyed by Cyclone Yasi. In March 2011 we made a donation of $30,000 to the Queensland Parks & Widlife Service to assist in their emergency Cassowary feeding program. We also provided $3,000 to the CSIRO to support a study into Cassowary scats that will provide valuable insights into Cassowary movements and seed dispersal.

Further funding will be provided to Terrain NRM to plant rainforest trees from February 2012. that will restore Cassowary habitat damaged by Cyclone Yasi and to create and strengthen wildlife corridors that will support future generations of Cassowaries.

As we break for the Christmas I wish to thank you for your support and look forward to communicating to you further on our work to save the Endangered Southern Cassowary.

Have a safe and happy Christmas. 

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Project Leader

Monique Ryan

MULLUMBIMBY, NSW Australia

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