Posts Tagged ‘aboriginal cultural heritage’
Kaba Gada (EN:C53) is a registered Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Site at the epicentre of the most biologically important locality within the entire Wet Tropics Word Heritage Area. It is suffering chronic degradation that has continued, without remediation, for more than eighteen years; since first officially being reported. Daintree Rainforest (trading as Cooper Creek Wilderness) occupies the majority tenure within the area of degradation.
On the 9th November 2012, precisely one month short of 24-years since the wet tropical rainforests of northeast Australia were inscribed for natural values onto the World Heritage List, the heritage and cultural values of importance to the indigenous custodians of these living cultural landscapes have been added to the National Heritage List.
Orange-footed Scrub Fowls (Megapodius reinwardt) have developed an innovative nesting strategy that relieves them of the need for sitting on eggs. Residing within the same habitat as the Amethystine Python (world-champion at visualising the nocturnal infrared field), scrub fowls’ large heat-signatures would make them easy targets if they were required to sit on eggs for the full incubation period. In an extraordinary display of adaptive genius, scrub fowls have learned to stockpile leaf-litter into giant mounds, to harness the heat generated through the de-composition of that compost, to incubate their eggs.
Sunsets are a rarity in the Daintree Rainforest, so their richness and diversity is one of the most anticipated rewards of our biennial sojourn into Australia’s central deserts. This one was captured at Docker River, in the south-west corner of NT.
There are many different ways for travellers to ‘experience’ the Daintree Rainforest. You can sit in a bus or car, stroll around a constructed boardwalk and marvel at the greenness and diversity. You might even get a glimpse of the elusive kuranji (cassowary). You will see coastal vistas of the Coral Sea at the points where the rainforest meets the reef. You will be impressed. The unique beauty of the Daintree is superlative, but it remains undefined and largely undiscovered.