Dr's Steve and Miriam Goosem were guest speakers at a recent C4 general meeting. Steve presented a fascinating power point presentation about cassowaries that took us as far back as the 1670's with a Cassowary painting by Francis Barlow in the Entrance Hall at Clandon Park, Surrey. (photo left)
Steve, who is the principle scientist at Wet Tropics Management Authority, kindly sent me the presentation (with his notes) to share with you. Here is Steve's power point presentation
Dr Miriam Goosem who is the Principal Research Fellow, Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science (TESS)at JCU, introduced the JCU Traffic management research report of which she is co-author.
The large document is a detailed report that identifies cassowary road crossing areas and makes recommendations for traffic management to help reduce the high number of cassowary road kill at Mission Beach.
One of the recommendations in the report is "We propose that workshops be instigated between all stakeholders to consider the variety of options...."
Two more birds have been killed on the road at one of the identified crossing areas since the report was released late last year.
A Mission Beach cassowary roadkill solutions workshop coordinated by Terrain NRM will be held on 30th July. The objective of the workshop is "to work together to find solutions to reduce cassowary/vehicle collisions along El Arish-Mission Beach Rd between Mountain View Close and Bingil Bay Rd". where the latest two deaths occurred.