Cassowary offers expert opinion
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.surveymonkey.com/r/cassowarysurvey-daintree-area.
Douglas Shire council worker has an encounter with a cassowary in the Daintree