Share in the turtle research work!
You can share in the research work of the Gnaraloo Turtle Conservation Program (GTCP) through field excursions at Gnaraloo during the turtle season. This opportunity is also available to primary and high school groups.
We interpret and work mainly with tracks. You’ll accompany our turtle field research team during their scientific research surveys.
You will learn about:
• turtle and feral animal track monitoring;
• turtle species and nest identification;
• data collection of nest disturbance.
Prior to going out on a survey, the GTCP field research team will give you a briefing to explain the work, research and our findings so far. You will learn about sea turtle ecology and behaviour, turtle watching codes and threats to turtles. You do not need any previous turtle tracking experience as you will always be escorted by our field researchers.
How do I arrange this?
You can participate with the turtle program at Gnaraloo from beginning December to beginning February each year.
To join the Gnaraloo Turtle Conservation Program, you must be a guest of Gnaraloo Station or participate with our schools program. You need to arrange your stay at Gnaraloo by calling one of their bookings offices (+61 8 9315 4809 or +61 8 9942 5927). You can book accommodation at either 3Mile Camp or the Homestead which offers self-contained accommodation for families and groups. Note that the GTCP field team lives and works from the Homestead area, so you’ll have more access to them if you stay here as well. You need to be self-sufficient for transportation, meals and everything you will require for your holiday at Gnaraloo. When not participating with the turtle program, you can do as you like for your own relaxing and recreational activities.
We recommend that participants are at least 8 years old as surveys are undertaken on foot. The survey may involve a walk of some hours, depending on the amount of turtle nesting activities encountered. You will need to be up at 5am to be on location at the monitored rookery for the morning survey at sunrise.
Day visitors cannot participate with the turtle program.
What to bring?
Camera (no flash allowed)
Turtle watchers Code of Conduct
To behave responsibly near sea turtles and avoid causing unintended problems, please adhere to the following key guidelines:
• No Glow, Move Slow and Stay Low
Flash photography and torches must not be used as these discourage turtles from emerging on the beach, make nesting turtles return to the water and disorientate hatchlings. Sea turtles have a strong sense of smell, perfumes must not be worn. Turtle watchers should move slowly and crouch low to the ground when near turtles to avoid disturbing the nesting.
• Stop, Drop and Act as a Rock
When near a turtle, stop (where you are), drop (slowly to the ground) and act as a rock (stay still like a rock). If you follow these guidelines, you will not jeopardize the egg laying and hatching processes.
Community and schools may also share in the research work of the Gnaraloo Wilderness Foundation through school presentations from March to May.
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