Hunt for the Irwin's Turtle

Irwin's_Turtle_800px.jpgJoin us online via Zoom and hear from leading researchers about the current work to understand the unique Irwin's Turtle.

When the the Australian continent separated from Gondawana about 180 million years ago, our freshwater turtles began a long journey of evolution distinct from turtles in other parts of the world. A unique species, Irwin's Turtle, evolved in isolation: a pink-nosed turtle that is able to survive for extended periods submerged by extracting oxygen from the water. It lives in the beautiful, crystal-clear waters of Urannah Creek, west of Mackay. 

It wasn't until 1990 that Steve and Bob Irwin sighted a turtle they didn't recognise and photographed it. The photo was submitted to academic researchers who realised this was probably a new species. Three years later a specimen was captured and scientific understanding of this species began. In honour of the Irwins this species was named Elseya irwini (alias Irwin's Turtle)

Scientists realised that this unique species was threatened by development, especially dams. In 2009 Elseya irwini was considered for listing as a threatened species but the application was rejected because there was insufficient information about its population and range. Since then, scientists have been putting in a lot of time and effort into better understanding this species. 

Jason Schaffer is a freshwater ecologist with a special interest in turtles. He will present on the work that has been done to improved scientific knowledge of Irwin's Turtle. 

Dr Cecilia Villacorta Rath is a researcher at James Cook University. She is developing techniques to understand the ecology of species in marine and freshwater systems by searching for DNA in the environment. 

WHEN
September 29, 2020 at 5:30pm - 7pm
WHERE
Online Meeting
156 Wood St
Mackay, QLD 4740
Australia
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CONTACT
Peter McCallum · · 0402966560
39 RSVPS
Tom Espinoza Alleny Gorrion Sandra Williams Amanda Hook Jacki Wirth Suzette Pelt Jenni Bailey Phil Hrstich Justine latemore Jacqueline Henrion Tony Fontes Kate Brunner Grant Howard Kaitlyn Lucke carol cosentino Glenn Todd Lesley Keegan Carol Bailey Natalya Smith Christine Carlisle Hayley Sestokas Jeffrey Cantor Beryl Turner Rosalie Gran Lavinia Wood garry reed chris baker Sunny H Rex Walsh brooke mcreynolds

Who's RSVPing

Tom Espinoza
Alleny Gorrion
Sandra Williams
Amanda Hook
Jacki Wirth
Suzette Pelt
Jenni Bailey
Phil Hrstich
Justine latemore
Jacqueline Henrion
Tony Fontes
Kate Brunner
Grant Howard
Kaitlyn Lucke
carol cosentino
Glenn Todd
Lesley Keegan
Carol Bailey
Natalya Smith
Christine Carlisle
Hayley Sestokas
Jeffrey Cantor
Beryl Turner
Rosalie Gran
Lavinia Wood
garry reed
chris baker
Sunny H
Rex Walsh
brooke mcreynolds

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