I’ve written on this blog about the endangered cassowary a few times over the years, particularly in relation to visits I’d made to Mission Beach, one of its key remaining habitats. For such a fascinating and iconic bird, it is amazing how little most of us know about it. ABC TV is screening a documentary on the cassowary, and the threats to its survival, tomorrow night (Sunday 27th) at 7:30 pm. I don’t watch a lot of TV these days, but from what I’ve seen about the documentary, it looks like it will be worthwhile catching.
This does also give a chance to make a comment on Peter Garrett. Some of the flack he cops for his actions (and inactions) as Environment Minster is understandable, although I also think some of it is just because he’s an easy target. But one of the undoubtedly positive actions he has taken – which most probably wouldn’t have occurred under most of the predecessors in his portfolio – was to stop some development at Mission Beach which would have caused further loss of the disappearing habitat for this fascinating bird.
Here’s hoping efforts to halt further habitat decline will be enough, along with the work other agencies and local conservationists, to save this bird from extinction in the wild.