There was much cheering from the ‘Australian/Brazilian’ contingent when PhD candidate, Mariana Micheli-Campbell was announced the winner of the Best Student Presentation Award at the 9th Annual Symposium on Conservation & Biology of Tortoises & Freshwater Turtles in Orlando, Florida. It is a credit to the quality of her research and the support from her supervisors at the University of Qld, Eco-lab & Tiaro Landcare Group. Anders Rhodin, Chair of the IUCN Turtle & Tortoise Specialist Group spoke highly of her research into the impacts of incubation temperatures on the behaviour of hatchlings.
Great to host Malaysian visitors from the Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) and introduce them to the wonders of the Mary River and its unique turtle.
TCC is involved with nest protection program with some similarities to Tiaro Landcare’s project.
An easy to follow guide to assist in identifying the turtle species in the Mary River, Queensland, Australia developed by Mary River Catchment Co-ordinating Committee and Tiaro & District Landcare Group.Turtles of the Mary River identification Key
Researchers from the University of Queensland are conducting a tracking program of Mary River turtles. An adult female has been recorded at 7.4m ..this means she is hanging around on the bed of the river …..no wonder they are hard to find in the river..How long will she stay there? What food is there? Many questions to answer.
Follow the link to view a segment in Channel 10’s Science program for children, SCOPE, which featured Mary River turtle research being undertaken at the University of Qld.
Title: Tiaro Farming & Lifestyle Field Day
Location: Recreation Grounds, Inman Street, Tiaro.
Description: An informative & entertaining day in the country with talks & demonstrations – Grow your own fruit trees & veges; Cyberspace identity theft; Cattle husbandry; dog agility; horse riding – displays by community groups, businesses, government agencies. Food stalls & kids activities.
$3 for adults; children free.
Start Time: 09.00
End Time: 14.00
As part of University of Qld Honors students (Zac) research, very light transmitters were attached to 12 x one year old Mary River turtles and released into the river on 12th March. Great news that 7 of them were found one week later. Hopefully this is just the beginning of increasing our understanding of the behavioural aspects of young Mary River turtles.
The Mary River and the Mary River turtle will feature in a segment on the new ABC TV documentary ‘Two on the Great Divide’. A great day introducing re known scientist, Dr Tim Flannery & actor, John Doyle to the Mary River & its endangered turtle. Watch TV guides for scheduling of this documentary around Sept/Oct 2011.
Title: Releasing Mary River turtle hatchlings with Trackers
Location: Mary River
Description: 12 year old Mary River turtles were released as part of University of Queensland Honours student, Zac’s research project.
During this nesting season, the height of the Mary River has increased many more times than in the past 10years.
Today, all the nesting banks are inundated. Unfortunately this is not the first time this season.
If it were not for the work of Tiaro Landcare and their volunteers, all clutches laid in the wild this year would be lost. It highlights the vulnerability of this species.