Our local paper, The Innisfail Advocate, has published a story about our latest cassowary road death at Mission Beach over the Queens birthday long weekend
Here is their article dated 16 6 2010:
I wrote about this recent killing on 14 June 2010 and you can visit that story here.
I am very pleased that the Innisfail Advocate decided to run this story as this iconic bird is part of our community’s identity.
You could even say the Cassowary is our regions animal mascot.
It’s a special and unique creature just like the many unique and diverse peoples who mix together to create our wonderful Cassowary Coast community.
Our local council, the Cassowary Coast Regional Council, is even named after the big bird.
The CCRC logo cleverly incorporates the big birds head into its design.
It seems logical that any harm that comes to this amazing species in turn harms us as a community and a region.
Somehow “Extinct Cassowary Coast Regional Council” would not have the same ring to it!
Cassowaries have been and always will be important and newsworthy in this region.
I wish to express my thanks to the Innisfail Advocate for their story.
I would also like to thank Robert and Sue Tidey for allowing me to use their great image of a cassowary father and chicks. See Robert’s cassowary photos on Facebook if you have a spare moment. While you are there check out the Cassowary Casuarius Johnsonni Facebook page.
Our community deserves to be informed of the plight of our endangered southern cassowary…
12 June 2010 1 x adult male cassowary killed on Mission Beach Roads
10 May 2010 1 x adult female cassowary killed on Mission Beach Roads
20 Dec 2009 1 x adult female cassowary killed on Mission Beach Roads
16 Nov 2009 1 x adult female cassowary killed on Mission Beach Roads
Even if the news is far from good.