It was delightful experience observing the next generation of young students at Mary Valley College teaching students from Kandanga Primary School about the endangered Mary River turtle. They each gave a little talk they had memorised. Then craft time, making turtles from paper plates. Great fun and very effective way of teaching. Well done Mary Valley College and teacher, Ms Zela Bissett.
MR T made a very good first impression on Penny Hall, CEO Burnett Mary Regional Group, Brad Wedlock & Steve Burgess from Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee. MR T is on public display at his temporary home at the Tiaro Library, Forgan Tce, Tiaro.
In the third episode of Two on the Great Divide, emminent Australian scientist Dr Tim Flannery and his friend, comedian John Doyle visited the Mary River and came face to face with the remarkable Mary River turtle and Australian lungfish. Tim is fascinated by the river and the survival of two ancient creatures. Tiaro Landcare was honored to host the film crew and play a role in the production of this documentary which is now available through ABC shops.
Just when we think it can’t rain any more we get another 24hours of rain!! However we haven’t had a major flood yet this season in the main trunk of the Mary River just numerous moderate floods. Such events have attracted much media interest about the impact on the turtles. We are waiting, along with UQ researchers to download data from the hydrophones to find out what has happened to the 12 tagged turtles.
Have a preview of the amazing bronze Mary River turtle sculpture as part of Tiaro Landcare’s ‘Exclusive & Elusive’ exhibition at Gatakers ArtSpace, Kent St., Maryborough for the month of Dec. An exhibition of photographs, carapaces, aluminum turtles, DVD Sharing Mary a long fat turtle tale etc – including life size images of a lungfish (1.7m) & Mary River Cod (1.5m).
Scales & Tails Australia magazine features an article ‘Tiaro turns it on for turtles’ in the September 2011 edition. Get a copy from your nearest Pet Store or newsagent.
In the race to extinction among all large groups of well-known animals, turtles hold the lead with about half of their more than 300 species threatened with extinction (Turtle Taxonomy Working Group 2010). The Turtle Conservation Coalition have recently published “Turtles in Trouble: The World’s 25+ Most Endangered Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles 2011”. www.iucn-tftsg.org/trouble/. The Mary River turtle, Elusor macrurus is ranked at 41 and included in the group “Turtles at High Risk of Extinction”. This report acknowledges the dedicated conservation efforts of Tiaro & District Landcare Group.
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
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.