Our project to save the iconic Cassowary continued in April 2019 with 1100 trees - comprising 84 species - successfully planted in the Daintree Lowlands Rainforest. In addition, four monitoring sites have been set up and roads and tracks around these sites have now been closed in consultation with the Douglas Shire Council.
In partnership with ReForest Now, a total of 3600 trees - of 196 species - have now been planted at Cow Bay in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest region, completing the replanting work that was started in January of this year. Planning and planting of these trees is important to provide feeding habitat for the Southern Cassowary and to encourage the birds to return to safer habitat away from the road.
The next phase of this project will involve capturing camera images and analysis of Cassowary activity and visits to the monitoring sites to determine the positive impact in encouraging Cassowaries to return to the region.
To learn more about this project please visit the project page on our website.
A special thanks
As well as our FAME community, we acknowledge the North Queensland Wildlife Trust (NQWT)* as a project partner.
*The NQWT was established by the Freeman Family who owns and operates Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Birdworld Kuranda and Kuranda Koala Gardens.
Photo above: a curious Cassowary comes close to the ReForest Now volunteer planting team during April's successful planting.