Next Land for Wildlife day

Turtles of the Mary and Remnant Vegetation field walk – Sunday 3rd December 2017

The next Land for Wildlife activity in the Gympie/Fraser Coast region will have a focus on the Mary River turtle and will include a field walk through a largely intact vegetation remnant on the Mary River at Netherby.

Turtle researcher, Sydney Collett will speak about her research into the endangered Mary River turtle and the critically endangered White Throated snapping turtle, both natives to the Mary River system.  The banks below the Netherby Land for Wildlife property are used by these turtles for nesting, with hatchlings usually appearing in December/January.

Botanical expert Marc Russell will lead a field walk through a vegetation remnant on the bank of the Mary River opposite the property, helping people learn about the diversity of riparian species in the lower Mary.

The day starts with a cuppa and a chat at 8.30 am then a walk down to the river for Sydney’s presentation, followed by morning tea.  Then a short walk across the river to the remnant and the opportunity to explore the remnant.

Morning tea and a sausage sizzle lunch will be provided. All participants will need to wear suitable clothing, shoes and a hat, and bring your own water bottle and chair. To reserve a spot and receive location details, call the MRCCC Resource Centre on 07 5482 4766 or email admin@mrccc.org.au no later than Thursday 30th November!

Image shows (l-r) MRCCC Chairman Ian Mackay, Griffith Uni’s Mark Kennard, Acting Threatened Species Commissioner, Sebastian Lang, DNRM’s Tom Espinoza, Australian Rivers Institute’s Stuart Bunn and Tiaro Landcare turtle whisperer Marilyn Connell with turtles of the Mary.

 

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