Cas­sowary of­fers ex­pert opin­ion

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

COUN­CIL Of­fi­cers con­duct­ing an un­prece­dented door-todoor sur­vey of res­i­dents north of the Dain­tree River to col­lect in­for­ma­tion to as­sist in pre­serv­ing cas­sowary habi­tats had a surprise visit last week.

A cu­ri­ous cas­sowary in­trigued by the colour­ful out­fits worn by the Coun­cil Of­fi­cers em­bla­zoned with a cas­sowary im­age wan­dered over to them as they de­liv­ered sur­veys on Tur­pen­tine Rd be­fore re­turn­ing to for­age in the rain­for­est.

The Coun­cil Of­fi­cers were treated to a sim­i­lar cas­sowary en­counter yes­ter­day.

Coun­cil Of­fi­cers have been vis­it­ing homes and busi­nesses north of the Dain­tree River with a sur­vey in re­cent weeks to col­lect in­for­ma­tion from Dain­tree res­i­dents on cas­sowaries and dogs to help in­form strate­gies to pre­serve the habi­tat of the threat­ened species.

Mayor Ju­lia Leu said the feedback pro­vided by Dain­tree res­i­dents and busi­nesses to date is proof there is no bet­ter source of in­for­ma­tion on cas­sowary sight­ings, be­hav­iour and threats than the lo­cals who live with them.

Coun­cil Of­fi­cers will con­tinue to go door-to-door with the sur­veys un­til Fe­bru­ary 17. The sur­veys can also be com­pleted on­line https://www.sur­vey­mon­­sowary­survey-dain­tree-area.

Dou­glas Shire coun­cil worker has an en­counter with a cas­sowary in the Dain­tree

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