WILD SIDE: Get up close with a reptile and learn about the elusive life of turtles at St Lawrence Wetlands Weekend
WILD SIDE: Get up close with a reptile and learn about the elusive life of turtles at St Lawrence Wetlands Weekend Contributed.

Take a walk on the wild side

DISCOVER Isaac region's unique feathered friends, get up close with a reptile and learn about the elusive life of turtles at St Lawrence Wetlands Weekend.

The usually quiet St Lawrence coastline will burst into life on June 9-11 with local fresh seafood produce, screening of Finding Dory, live entertainment and nature tours.

Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said the Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary will host a reptile display during the event on Saturday, June 10 from 10.30am to 1.30pm.

"The sanctuary, based on the Capricorn Coast, will display four to five different species of Australian pythons, lizards, dragons and skinks,” Cr Baker said.

"A freshwater crocodile and turtles will also be at the interactive display so the public are welcome to get close and personal with the animals, ask the resident ranger lots of questions, take photos and learn about our wildlife.”

Cooberrie Park takes care of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife that are then rehabilitated and released back to the wild.

Cr Baker said the public has the rare opportunity to learn more about the local environment through a variety of guest speakers.

"Learn how the natural resource sector works and what they do with Jeff Krause from Capricornia Catchments and Carolyn Thompson from Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority will explain the water cycle and how water journeys to the Reef,” Cr Baker said.

"On the main stage, learn about nesting turtles and turtle life-cycle during a talk by Fay Griffin from Mackay and District Turtle Watch Association.

"Birds Capricornia will also talk on the birds that have been seen at the wetlands, estuary and Conservation Park that have been identified by their annual surveys.”

Cr Baker said there is no better way to start the festival than with a tour of the wetlands on Saturday, June 10.

"The bird watching tour will be hosted by John McCabe and Allan Briggs from Birdlife Capricornia,” Cr Baker said.

"And make sure you sample some St Lawrence mud crabs and prawns from the Australian Prawn Farm in Ilbilbie.”

Ranger Nick who is headlining the festival, is well-known for his unique sense of humour, ballads and bush poetry while cooking up a storm with the camp oven on the main stage.

Meanwhile, Council is calling for all regional photographers to get snap happy through the Colours of Isaac competition with the shortlist to be announced at the event.

For more information visit www.isaac.qld.gov.au, phone 1300 ISAACS (1300 472 227) or visit an Isaac Regional Council office.



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