Friday, October 30, 2009

Earthworks at Ella Bay

I had some concerned people contact me and ask about construction work at Ella Bay so I thought I had best blog about it and clarify the situation!

As many of you know I had a few photos of earthworks at Ella Bay within my story ‘Pig Hunters coming from Satori’s property into Ella Bay National Park?’. There was lots of activity and machinery at work as per the photos below

Monday, October 26, 2009

6 Nov (Fri) "The end of the line: Imagine a world without fish"

Well once again this is not the Cassowary Plum story I promised however it is something of interest especially to local people from the Cairns area!
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On Friday November 6 2009 CAFNEC and End Credits Film Club will present Cairns only screening of the movie "The end of the line" a film by Rupert Murray, narrated by Ted Danson.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Pig Hunters coming from Satori’s property into Ella Bay National Park?

Well before I start this story I want to let you know Satori’s property is sealed off to unauthorised vehicle traffic. The access road is blocked to vehicle access by a rather solid gate with the mama of all padlocks on it!
Oh and hidden cameras too!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Cassowaries at Mission Beach: Recovery or Extinction

Today I got the green light to share a great new brochure with you that has been produced by inspirational Mission Beach artist Liz Gallie and her talented co volunteers at C4 (Community for Coastal and Cassowary Conservation).

I have been excited by this project for quite a while now as the concept is brilliant and the graphics on the brochure are awesome (download here, PDF).

Cerbera manghas at Ella Bay

The Cassowary plum's deadly cousin!

Ok I know I promised a story about Ella Bay’s beautiful Cassowary plum Cerbera floribunda in my last post but instead I want to introduce you to Cerbera manghas a closely related and very poisonous species. It has a few common names including beach mango, rubber tree, native frangipani, fish poison tree and dog bane. I will use the common name native frangipani in this story and when you see the flowers you will know why!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Ella Bay’s Magnificent Mackinlaya Fruit

Before I start I’ve got a bit of a warning to you all. Many Australian rainforest fruits are very toxic and as yummy as they appear, please don’t give them a taste test as they can make you really ill. Here endeth the warning!

A few months ago I noticed a beautiful rainforest shrub growing within metres of the beach at Ella Bay. Upon returning to my home I did a bit of Google searching, emailed some friendly experts and deduced it was the rainforest shrub Mackinlaya confusa or the very similar Mackinlaya macrosciadea but as the fruit on it matured I became more convinced it was confusa….are you confused yet?? Let’s just play it safe and call it a Mackinlaya!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Satori's 'innovative' cassowary gate exposed as ineffective Canadian deer gate!

A couple of weeks ago I got a heads up that there was a cassowary gate story in the Innisfail Advocate so I grabbed a copy and had a bit of a look. Sure enough there it was ‘Big birds trial road safety gate’.

I have been waiting with bated breath to find out details of Satori’s ‘innovative’ new Cassowary gate. Sadly I was disappointed to find it was just a deer gate with what looks like ping pong balls on the end of the tines/prongs! Suffice to say it didn’t rock my world!!
Here's the story by Lea Guy from the Innisfail Advocate

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