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Summer is on it’s way, with record temperatures this month. nothing better than a breezy stroll above the tree tops on our canopy walk.
These were our highlights of your Daintree adventures this month:
The view of the rainforest through the aquarium – nature always has the best wallpapers, Northern Yellow Boxwood, a buff-breasted paradise kingfisher chilling in the trees, that big croc sighting in the Daintree River, the rescue of Spectacled Flying-fox pup Kristy, and a happy visitor on our canopy walkway.
The Daintree Discovery Centre and Rainforest Rescue are celebrating 16 years of partnership in 2018, together helping to protect rare, threatened and vulnerable lowland tropical rainforest in the region.
Manager Abi Ralph said the Daintree Discovery Centre (DDC), which is recognised internationally for its strong environmental focus, was proud of its continuing work with Rainforest Rescue.
“We love coming up with new and innovative ideas to raise awareness and vital dollars for Rainforest Rescue,” Ms Ralph said.
Rainforest Rescue is a conservation charity, set up in 1988 to protect rainforests through buying threatened properties, restoring damaged and fragmented habitat through reforestation.
“Highlights include our #weneedrainforest social campaign that was run in conjunction with Cairns Airport for two years, as well as our ongoing donations from the sale of cassowary “slow down” stickers, takeaway coffees, Cassowary Poo! (colourful jelly beans), rainforest keep cups, and a donation box, matching every contribution dollar for dollar.”
Ms Ralph said in addition to the financial support the DDC provides, it also contributes by collecting seeds for Rainforest Rescue’s Native Nursery, which is vital for its reforestation work.
“Over the last 16 years, our employees have collected more than 60,000 seeds. These include Noah’s Walnut, Native Nutmeg, Bull Oak, White Cheese Wood, Cassowary Plum, Tarzali Silk Wood, rare and threatened Daintree Gardenia and Creek Aceratum.”
Rainforest Rescue spokesperson Kristin Canning said with DDC’s support, the organisation had been able to purchase unprotected threatened properties in the Daintree, between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation, and restore fragmented habitat, ensuring important wildlife corridors remain intact.
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Winter in the Daintree Rainforest is just as colourful as the other seasons here. With temperatures only dropping a teeny bit, you will still even enjoy local ice cream while venturing out and about.
These were our favourite impressions of your Daintree adventures this month:
A Double-Eyed Fig Parrot having a snack, a close up of an Epiphyte, our Green Python chilling out, reflections on the Daintree River, a Jabiru wading through the water, the most amazing view over the rainforest canopy towards the blue ocean, our Aerial Walk from below, a selection of delicious tropical Daintree Ice Cream and a cute little baby croc.
How amazing are the flora and fauna of the Daintree Rainforest?
With your help, we too got up close and personal with jungle animals such as the Common Tree Snake, a gorgeous Jewel Spider, Boyd’s Forest Dragon, the lovely blue Fairy Wren, some mighty Green Ants and a graceful Ulysses Butterfly. Plus your shots of this incredible looking camping spot, our aerial walkway and the beach from high above – we are in awe!
Ever seen a brightly coloured fruit on the rainforest floor and wondered what it is and whether it is edible?
Chances are, it is not, and the only thing that should be eating it, is a cassowary!
McLean’s Creek runs through the very heart of the Daintree Discovery Centre and is an abundant and diverse source of life.
With royal blue necks and shaggy, jet-black feathers, cassowaries look like no other birds on planet earth.
They are what is known as a keystone species, responsible for literally helping to grow our very precious Daintree Rainforest.
The Spiny Rainforest Katydid is a very unusual rainforest katydid.
The body and legs have numerous thorny spines and antennae are very long.
The insect is greenish above with different shades of green and brownish colours providing excellent camouflage; the underside is pale.
How many steps does it take to get to the top of the 23 metre high Canopy Tower at the Daintree Discovery Centre?
112 to be exact, but it is well worth the effort, with views for miles and the sound of some of our most beautiful songbirds.
The Daintree Discovery Centre has re-committed to funding critical research by James Cook University on lowland tropical rainforest.
The research is part of long term, Australian-wide monitoring of different ecosystems to discover how they are responding to environmental pressures.
The Daintree Discovery Centre has announced its continued sponsorship of the work, pledging $6000 a year to James Cook University until 2028.
Daintree Discovery Centre general manager Brian Arnold said James Cook University had set up monitoring equipment at the centre, making it one of the SuperSites in TERN (Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network) – Australia’s continent-wide environmental observatory.
“The Daintree Discovery centre site includes camera monitoring to identify wildlife. Phenocameras face out over the canopy and take hourly pictures to track the seasonal changes in the leaves and flowers of the rainforest,” he said.
There are 10 major sites in Australia collecting information on fauna, flora, climate and carbon flux.
Mr Arnold said towers at the site house instrumentation to measure exchanges – or flux – of carbon dioxide, water vapour and energy between the terrestrial ecosystem and the atmosphere.
“This important research will uncover the changing carbon and water balance in the Daintree Rainforest as it copes with climate change.”
The Daintree Discovery Centre’s contribution to the research project, including this latest agreement, will total $120,000.
The information provided by the Australian SuperSites contributes to data collected by more than 400 towers around the world, known as FLUXNET.
James Cook University’s Carbon Flux Micrometeorological Research Station project is led by Dr Mike Liddell, an associate professor of Pharmacy and Molecular Sciences. Dr Liddell is based in Cairns.