Mariana wins Best Student Presentation Award

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.

Tiaro Farming & Lifestyle Field Day

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
Date: 2011-06-25
End Time: 14.00

Tracking Mary River Turtles

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.

Flooding on the Mary River

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.