While the Gnaraloo Wilderness Foundation transitioned to a self-funding model in 2018/19, we cannot provide the sea turtle field presentations and survey excursions anymore as was given during the past 10 years in the absence of any grant support whatsoever as well as the loss of the previous significant financial support by the Gnaraloo Station Trust (i.e. the Gnaraloo Pastoral Station) from 1 July 2018 onwards.
We used to offer the opportunity to share in the research work of the Gnaraloo Turtle Conservation Program (GTCP) through field excursions at Gnaraloo during the turtle nesting season. This opportunity was available to any groups, whether adult or children, including primary and high schools and universities. People would accompany our turtle field research team during their scientific research surveys and learn about turtle and feral animal track monitoring, turtle species and nest identification, data collection of nest disturbance, sea turtle ecology and behaviour, turtle watching codes and threats to turtles.
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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