Quite unexpectedly our Project Officer discovered a newly laid nest when checking a nesting bank on 8th Dec. It was so unexpected as the river was in flood. However the river flows upstream in front of this bank and the turtle was able to swim out of the main flow of the river. This was nest number 65 which our group have protected during this nesting season. A very successful nesting season so far.
Tiaro Landcare Project Officers found bags of beer cans, BBQ grill, fishing line, dead fish, bottles of worms, plastic bottles scattered around a Mary River turtle nesting bank. Shameful actions of irresponsible campers. Fortunately our Project Officers collected the rubbish before the floodwaters came. The flood would now be carrying it to the Great Sandy Straits.
The Mary River is in flood. This week we’ve been observing many turtles (Kreffts, white-throated, saw-shelled and Mary River turtles) in gullies which only carry water during floods or heavy storms and in backwaters of the river where the flow is minimal. A valuable refuge for freshwater turtles.
A copy of Marilyn’s report has been posted on the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust website and is available for viewing or downloading. If you would like to learn more about Debbie & Marilyn’s trip and the organisations they visited, search for Churchill Fellows 2010 on the website www.churchilltrust.com.au
Title: Mary River Festival 2010 Location: Kandanga Description: Celebrating the anniversary of the announcement by Minister Garrett that he would not approve the construction of the proposed Traveston Crossing Dam. Date: 2010-11-13