Birds

Djiru people managing country at Mission Beach

With help from Terrains’ Habitat Incentives Project (HIP), the Djiru people are drafting an integrated natural resource management plan for two big blocks of land, which are home to the endangered cassowary and littoral rainforest, at Mission Beach.

In September 2011, the Djiru people, past and present, were recognised as the Native Title holders of their traditional lands in the Mission Beach area.

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Wet Tropics endangered species gets an $825k boost

Terrain NRM has been successful in securing $825,000 from the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country initiative for a project to save Mahogany Gliders, Cassowaries and Littoral Rainforest affected by Cyclone Yasi.

The project, Building Resilience for Cassowary, Mahogany Glider and Littoral Rainforest, will increase and improve habitat by supporting on-ground action including revegetation, weed and pig control, fire management and fencing.

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Even shorebirds need trees

Media Release

Whilst the majority of our migratory waders roost (rest) on sandy beaches at high tide, some rely on the mangroves and tidal wetlands to provide suitable roost sites.  Sadly, worldwide these habitats are in decline and are being lost through land reclamation and development.

After the flood event in the summer of 2011, the Port of Bundaberg removed over 360 cubic metres of clean sand from the Burnett River.  Saltwater inundation also resulted in some vegetation loss on the Port’s lands and in particular a small patch of remnant bushland actually located within the Port’s main spoil pond.

Members of the Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG) and Birdlife Bundaberg who monitor the Port’s resident and migratory shorebird population offered to replant the patch.

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To till or not to till, that is the question

Thanks to funding from the Australian Government’s Reef Rescue Initiative and support from NQ Dry Tropics, north Queensland sugarcane farmer Stephen Lando now knows the answer.

For the past six years, Stephen and his team have been learning how to grow cane with minimal environmental impact and maximum productivity.

One of the ways they’ve learned to improve water quality and reduce carbon emissions while at the same time reducing operating costs, minimising labour and maintaining high productivity is through a process called minimum tillage. Continue Reading…

Making scrub fun at festival time

Imagine yourself crawling through a dark, shrubby tunnel. Suddenly you spot a Black Breasted Button Quail!  This is what faced kids visiting the Fitzroy Basin Association Inc. (FBA) display at Ecofest in Gladstone this year.

FBA’s Boyne Calliope Sub Region ran the activity to help young people in the Gladstone region understand the relationship between ecosystems and animals.

Boyne Calliope Sub Region field officer Vicki Dart said the display featured a tunnel with the walls lined with images of dry rainforest.  “Stuck onto the walls of the tunnel were laminated images of different critters like birds, frogs, snakes and lizards that rely on dry rainforests for food and shelter,” Ms Dart said. Continue Reading…

Helping the birds bounce back

After two extreme cyclones crossing the region in the space of five years, Terrain NRM and the Wet Tropics community are very familiar with the need to build resilience in the landscape.  A broad range of land management responses have arisen during recovery efforts however the endangered cassowary has been a feature due to their rapidly declining populations and strong reliance on intact landscapes.

Cyclone Larry in 2006 taught the region about the impact of extreme weather on habitat quality, connectivity and the birds’ change in behaviour.  Significant food shortages for the cassowary along with increased incidents of vehicle strike and dog attack had a large impact on cassowary numbers post-cyclone. Continue Reading…