Save the Cassowary from Extinction in Australia

 
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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
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    
Adopt a Cassowary
Adopt a Cassowary's Home
Donations = Your Stamp of Approval
Donations = Your Stamp of Approval
New Cassowary Habitat Growing
New Cassowary Habitat Growing
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
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!
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

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Kaley Morrissey

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MULLUMBIMBY, NSW Australia

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