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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
Sep 13, 2012

Twin Daintree Rainforest Properties Saved!

Fan palms in the Daintree Rainforest
Fan palms in the Daintree Rainforest
Twin Daintree properties protected forever

 

 
Two new rainforest properties have been purchased as part of Rainforest Rescue’s Daintree Buy Back and Protect Forever Project. Lot 83 Rosewood Road settled 19th January, 2012 and Lot 82 Rosewood Road settled 16th May, 2012. This brings the tally to 16 rescued properties.


 "These blocks are located in Cow Bay, an area that we’ve been working towards protecting for more than a decade, and now it’s all coming together,” says Rainforest Rescue CEO & Founding Director Kelvin Davies.

"It's not only a win for the local wildlife and rainforest; it’s a win for our supporters. These people and businesses have given not only their time and money, but their trust. They’ve shown faith in our motivations and strategies for purchasing properties. They’ve trusted us to make decisions in the best interest of the Daintree Rainforest and future generations of Australians.”

Both properties purchased this year were ear-marked for development, but will now be protected forever. 

"So what’s happened is, we’ve safeguarded an existing wildlife corridor from future development and fragmentation. Lots 82 and 83 connect with five other properties already purchased by Rainforest Rescue and increase the size of the Baralba Corridor Nature Refuge.

This corridor provides a vital link between two isolated parts of the Daintree National Park / World Heritage Area. It allows for the movement of wildlife such as the Endangered Cassowary… and it connects populations of plants, among them three vulnerable and 11 rare plant species,” says Kelvin.

Assigned by local Aboriginal people, the kuku yalanji, the name Baralba means ‘wildlife track’. “The biodiversity here is amazing,” says Kelvin. “I have seen Cassowaries in this area. It is a real hotspot for Cassowaries.”

Rainforest Rescue carefully chooses the properties it purchases andprotects following careful research into the conservation gains to be obtained. By strategically acquiring properties alongside one another we provide the habitat required for essential corridors for Cassowaries and other wildlife.

 With each block purchased, regardless of size, further settlement in the Daintree is impacted; and it’s the settlement pressures of increased infrastructure, dogs and traffic that prove most devastating to local Cassowaries.


 People settling in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest also bring garden plants that can invade the rainforest and become environmental weeds. We work to clear up these ‘garden escapees’ and keep on protecting more properties so that integrity is maintained and less settlement disturbs the Daintree.


 The suite of native plants and animals on Lots 82 and 83 is diverse and well worth protecting. A fauna and flora study revealed the presence of over 137 different species of plants on the properties including locally significant rare and threatened species Haplostychanthus sp. Cooper Creek (rare), Normanbya normanbyi, Endiandra microneura (rare), Cleistanthus myrianthus (rare) and Hernandia albiflora. Both properties are classified as essential habitat for the Endangered Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius johnsonii) under the Queensland Vegetation Management Act 1999.  Thanks Mates!!  We're doing the work that needs to be done and we hope you will tell yourfamily and friends about our work.  Take care!

Rainforest Rescue purchasing and protecting
Rainforest Rescue purchasing and protecting
No mailboxes here, just rainforest
No mailboxes here, just rainforest
A great cassowary
A great cassowary
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!
 
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