Please welcome Marine Deliens
Welcome Marine Deliens to the Rainforest Rescue Team!
Marine Deliens comes to us from Belgium and made her way to Australia to start a new life in Far North.
She brings excellent qualifications and a powerful passion for Nature, plants and seeds…and the Daintree.
Rainforest Rescue: What brought you to Australia and where did you come from? And what drew you to the Far North and the Daintree?
What brought you to Rainforest Rescue and how do you feel about the organisation?
When I first decided to contact Rainforest Rescue it was because I was looking for a way to be useful for the environment. I also wanted to give my time and energy to a project that has good values that I share. I’m glad to be part of an organisation that works toward protecting our beautiful Daintree Rainforest.
What’s your favourite aspect of managing the nursery?
My favourite aspect at the nursery is definitely gathering seeds around the different rescued properties. I love identifying them and referencing the beautiful “Fruits of the Australian Tropical Rainforest” book by Wendy and William T. Cooper and the other tools at my disposal.
But honestly, every aspect of the job is rewarding. It is beautiful to be able to take care of little seedlings and see them grow into trees, ready to be planted back into their natural environment.
The greatest challenge I face is constantly experimenting different germination and propagation techniques as there are around 3000 plant species and 210 families in the Daintree. It’s challenging and it is something I find really interesting and very fulfilling.
What are your plans for the nursery?
One day I would love to see the nursery expand and to be able to grow even more different species, particularly to provide specific wildlife habitat and food sources for the rainforest animals.
Also, the nursery is such a great place for the soul and I would love to share it a bit more with the Daintree community.
If you could have one new thing for the nursery, what would that be?
I would love to have more time to create a small educational walking path around the nursery orchard. It would be awesome for volunteers, donors and visitors to be able to identify trees and shrubs using small labels that have names and the primary function in the ecosystem.
What has been your best day so far and why?
I will always remember the first time I saw a Cassowary wondering around the nursery property. What a beautiful day!
What is it you find most interesting or compelling about the Daintree?
Anything else you’d like to add?
Every day is really special working at the nursery, seeing butterflies flying and listening to all the animals’ noise around me. I feel very fortunate to have such an amazing job.