To: Helen Larson <>,
Subject: Co-operation
From: Sonja Ross <>
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2011 14:07:36 +1000
Hi Helen,

Thanks for responding.  It's great to hear about positive input in local 
issues, and hopefully inspire others to think outside the square when 
confronted with wildlife problems.  It's the difference between "not minding" 
and doing something active to help.

Sonja Ross

On 26/07/2011, at 1:39 PM, Helen Larson wrote:

> Peter Salleras is a great spokesman for cassowaries and the local environment 
> - is past president of enviro-group C4 (Community for Coastal and Cassowary 
> Conservation). Most farmers don't mind the cassowaries - it's mostly the 
> "deleted expletives" who cannot read the speed-limit signs and so consider 
> that these do not apply to them that are the problem.
> <')////==<
> From: Sonja Ross <>
> To: 
> Sent: Thu, 21 July, 2011 11:52:12
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Co-operation
> I hope this doesn't breech copyright, but news items on Yahoo are there one 
> minute and gone the next!
> The following appeared there for a few minutes this morning, and I thought it 
> was a good example of co-operation and realistic thinking on this farmer's 
> part.
> The endangered cassowary population of north and far north Queensland is 
> continuing to rely on volunteers and farmers for food after Cyclone Yasi.
> Mission Beach fruit grower Peter Salleras has a Government-installed feed 
> station on his farm that is supporting a mother bird and her two chicks.
> The cassowaries would normally forage on forest fruit but most of that has 
> been destroyed.
> Mr Salleras says without the feeding station it is likely the birds on his 
> property would struggle to survive.
> "It's probably a good move that they're not using fruit that they'll become a 
> pest with once our fruit starts to come back on," he said.
> "There's grapes and rockmelons cut up and apples and I understand it's fruit 
> shop and supermarket waste.
> "It certainly looks pretty good quality a fair bit of it but it's obviously 
> doing the job because there's not much native fruit in their droppings at the 
> moment."
> Mr Salleras's own fruit crop is still recovering but one soursop from his 
> tropical fruit orchard got away.
> "I saw a fruit that was half eaten quite high up a tree and I thought the 
> flying foxes had come back and found it first," he said.
> "Actually I looked at the ground and there was a big patch of where the mulch 
> had been well and truly shifted away from the cassowary jumping up and down, 
> so it could reach it and yes it was clear what the culprit was."
> Sonja Ross
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