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
83 RSVPS
Ken Rohde Faye Chapman Pittion-Rossillon Pittion Linden Alston Gillian Pechey Kate Beskeen Peter Hanley Ruth Leahy Trish Quirk Kymberly Robinson Peter Rosier David Cassells john connell Colin Limpus Judith Wake Jane Shircore Wytamma Wirth Kate Coxall Jacqueline Reeves Pop Ldh Jacinta Tobin Chandra Roulston James Hansen Carlos Bueno Errol Leggett Jessica Gardiner Heidemarie Rossiter Alice Hungerford Steve Homewood Nichola Hungerford Anne Vize Jason Catlett Rex Singline Kim Garratt Jonathan Peter 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

Who's RSVPing

Ken Rohde
Faye Chapman
Pittion-Rossillon Pittion
Linden Alston
Gillian Pechey
Kate Beskeen
Peter Hanley
Ruth Leahy
Trish Quirk
Kymberly Robinson
Peter Rosier
David Cassells
john connell
Colin Limpus
Judith Wake
Jane Shircore
Wytamma Wirth
Kate Coxall
Jacqueline Reeves
Pop Ldh
Jacinta Tobin
Chandra Roulston
James Hansen
Carlos Bueno
Errol Leggett
Jessica Gardiner
Heidemarie Rossiter
Alice Hungerford
Steve Homewood
Nichola Hungerford

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