Spotted Wild: The Southern Cassowary
'Spotted Wild: The Southern Cassowary©' (developing on IOS and Android platforms) road warning system, employing the latest hands-free voice recognition technology, will enable users to record cassowary sightings and alert nearby users of a road hazard. This software will be a game changer for cassowary and driver safety and will serve as a template in future editions for other species, situations and locations, such as straying cattle, marine mammals or fallen trees.
This app will also enable large, previously unavailable data sets to be collected. Even with just 10% uptake by visitors and locals, it will provide critical data on the location and habits of these largely solitary birds. This information will be valuable for wildlife managers, scientists, government, business and tourism organisations with an interest in conserving the cassowary in the wild. All profits derived from the app are pledged to rainforest conservation and rehabilitation, so this too will directly help cassowaries.
Spotted Wild: Mahogany Glider Tree
To address the shortage of den trees for mahogany gliders.
Ferro cement structure resembling a tree with a wood lined hollow of suitable size for gliders. Structure erected as pre fab armature and plastered in situ. The structure would be hollow with screened air intake at the base and the chimney effect to ventilate glider den (this could be augmented with solar powered fans) as the temperature is potential limiting factor, positioning using shade from existing trees and ceramic insulating paint to reduce temperatures.
Overall dimensions up to 6 M height x 0.6M at base. Structure stained to match the surroundings. Armature weight estimate less than 40Kg.Structure anchored to foundations (3x 0.2M x 1M deep x 2M apart) via buttress shaped flanges at base.
Expected longevity of structure greater than 30 years.
Spotted Wild: Alexander palm enrichment project.
Aims to plant advanced Alex palms in key sites in the Cassowary Coast regional Council Shire, to produce seed in areas previously with palm dominated lowland rainforest. This will ultimately enlarge the range of cassowaries and other species, increase connectivity to isolated remnant forest, re establish areas of threatened rainforest type and replace Hymenachne amplexicaulis grass and Annona glabra.
Two phases to the project. Firstly to set up a pilot nursery that will be used to determine the feasibility of growing Alex palms hydroponically to rapidly produce advanced plants (approximately 1.5M in less than 2 years). These plants would be trialled planted,bare rooted in narrow deep holes ( 50 x 300mm). The expectation been a 3 to 5 year advantage in growth rate.
Then providing the trials are successful, with the assistance of Terrain and CCRC and other Shire councils, to build a full scale nursery and conduct a campaign to encourage community groups and individuals to plant. It would be desirable to expand this project to the entire Wet Tropics bioregion, where feasible.
Potential for Alex palm heart industry.