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Call for Artists to Paint the Future of Local Turtles

News release
20 July 2022
Call for Artists to Paint the Future of Local Turtles

The Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board is calling budding artists to help secure the future of River Murray turtles.

The landscape board’s education program is asking for submission of artworks from school students featuring local turtle species, with the aim of raising awareness about the decline of the eastern long-necked turtle, the Murray short-necked turtle and the broad-shelled turtle.

Education officer Cindy Kakoschke said that turtle populations in South Australia have fallen drastically since the 1980s due to habitat destruction and predation from foxes and cats.

“Turtle populations have dropped by almost 90 percent over the past few decades,” she said.

“We’re looking for drawings or paintings featuring one or all three turtle species. Artworks can include natural habitat or show the threats that turtles face in our waterways,” she added. Entries are invited from students in any year level, and submitted artworks will be used to promote the conservation of turtles and highlight the work of the landscape board and the 1 Million Turtles project.

More information and registration details can be found here.

The Education program is supported by the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board through funding from the landscape levies.