Our volunteers have been enjoying spending time by the river observing and recording behaviour of basking turtles in the Mary. Krefft’s turtle, white throated snapping turtle and Mary River turtle all bask together on the same rock or log. Yesterday we observed a female Mary River turtle basking on top of the shell of a larger female white throated snapping turtle. The white throated appeared quite unperturbed. The Mary River turtle could not maintain her balance once the white throated turtle started to walk along the log.
Visit our stall at the Festival organised by Scales & Tails on 12th Nov at Ipswich Exhibition Grounds.
Spring rains have created ideal nesting conditions. So far, 13 clutches have been protected which will greatly improve the chances of the embryos developing until the little hatchlings emerge.
Tiaro Landcares’ Catch & Release Fishing Competition is on again this year at Petrie Park, Tiaro. A fun weekend for families. 28th & 29th Oct. Free camping. Tiaro Lions BBQ & bar on site.Music Sat night. $1,000 lucky draw – 1pm Sunday. Proceeds go to help fund conservation of endangered species of the Mary River.
Our group will have a stall promoting the Mary River turtle at the 125th birthday celebrations at Dickabram Bridge, Miva on Sat 17th September. Come and say hello.
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
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: Mary River in flood at Home Park
Description: Mary River peaked at 12.29m today inundating all nesting banks.
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.
Title: Mary River Festival 2010
Description: Celebrating the anniversary of the announcement by Minister Garrett that he would not approve the construction of the proposed Traveston Crossing Dam.