Rainforest Revelations – Cooper Creek Wilderness
Rainforest Revelations by Cooper Creek Wilderness is a running weblog of Daintree Rainforest news, including fauna and flora observations and photography, from the human inhabitants in the middle of the oldest rainforest in the world.
On the 9th December 1988, almost nine thousand square kilometres of tropical North Queensland, between Townsville and Cooktown, was inscribed onto the prestigious World Heritage List. In an unprecedented act, the Australian Federal Government compulsorily included some strategically important rainforest on privately-held lands, enabling a very restricted World Heritage human inhabitancy.
Reporting details of experiences acquired in this field, against the legislative and administrative provisions Australia has adopted for the application of the World Heritage Convention, is obligatory. Rainforest Revelations allows for public reporting with the passage of time. After quarter of a century within the World Heritage estate, the running report is driven more by the requirements of the rainforest, as it is expressed through its human inhabitants, than the objectivity of earlier reporting. No two years are ever alike. The variations of weather, rainfall, cyclones, droughts all play their part in the infinite expressions of the oldest rainforest in the world.
The inscription of human inhabitants into Australia’s Wet Tropics World Heritage Area has provide the oldest surviving rainforest in the world with a human voice. There are many aspects of rainforest health that resonate with exuberance and vitality, whilst other aspects are screaming for intervention. Coming to terms with the complexity of this rainforest is an ongoing obsession, but every now and again, insight of the most profound importance reveals a major thread of connectivity and interdependence The articles in this blog provide insight into an ancient and secretive rainforest through the technological window of the web. We hope you find some value in their perusal and encourage commentary as it promotes discussion.
Well-known to the timber community as 'Ribbonwood', an attractively grained timber that was extremely restricted in its distribution, the primitive angiosperm Idiospermum australiense, a.k.a. 'The Green Dinosaur', is an ever-reliable piece of evidence of rainforest continuity [...]
Until recently, sightings of this rarely-seen Scorpion-tailed Spider (Arachnura melanura) could have been counted on one hand, then approximately fifty of them were found on one tree in our tropical fruit orchard. A star-apple fruit tree (Chrysophyllum cainito), with an [...]
After more than twenty-years of searching Daintree Rainforest for all manner of cryptic life forms, we have at last photographic evidence of this rare Red Boobook (Ninox boobook lurida). The Southern Boobook (Ninox boobook) is also known as Mopoke, [...]
At last, warmer weather and rain has enlivened the Daintree Rainforest, ending a long, cold winter. With below average rainfall, the rich and vibrant presence of fungi has been lessened, but today the Yellow Many-headed [...]
This is Oberonia titania. Oberonia orchids are fairy orchids, small and petite. Species titania is the King of the fairy orchids. Thought extinct in about 1960, we are pleased to confirm that it is alive [...]
One of the most frequently asked questions on our tour is, “How is climate change affecting the Daintree Rainforest?”. The long term answer is easy. When Australia broke away from the already fragmenting supercontinent of [...]