1 Million Turtles Community Conservation Program
As turtle nesting season starts, now is a great time to get trained to help protect freshwater turtle nests. As nesting increases, so does the impact from foxes as they dig up the nests to consume turtle eggs.
Your help really matters!
To learn more and start your training today, click here.
Photo Credit: Dr Donald McKnight
Are you are keen to find turtle nesting spots in your local area?
This user-friendly online tool enables anyone to locate turtle nesting spots in their local area. This tool uses advanced mapping techniques to predict potential nesting sites for turtles around water bodies across Australia.
Click below to learn more.
Predation by introduced species such as foxes continues to be a major threat to the survival of our freshwater turtles. To help us better understand the impact of foxes on freshwater turtles, we are calling out to all the turtle champs out there to participate in our National Nest Predation Survey. If you are ready to get started with your online training, click below. The training ensures that you are on the right track to set up and run the survey.
This activity is currently on hold due to turtle nesting season.
Need help? We got you! Reach out to our team via 'Contact Us' and we will connect you to one of our turtle experts.
TurtleSAT has a new feature called 'Bulk Image Upload' which makes it easier to submit any turtle photos that you have not submitted to TurtleSAT. With this new feature, all you need to do is login to TurtleSAT, drag and drop the turtle photos, select a couple of options (e.g., are the photos of dead or live turtles) and click submit.
Click below to learn more about this feature and how to use it.
The 1 Million Turtles is a national community conservation citizen science program. This program promotes a strong collaboration between scientists and the community to support initiatives aimed at conserving threatened Australian freshwater turtle species.
The program creates opportunities for the community to actively learn, participate and contribute to freshwater turtle research and conservation. This is achieved through a variety of activities suitable for different interests and skill levels. Watch the video below for more information.
The program is currently funded via a grant from the Inspiring Australia Citizen Science Grant - Round 2.
This year, our program was invited to participate at the 2023 Australian Museum Science Expo in August. Over 4,100 students, schools and members of the public attended this Expo. At this event, the team shared many fascinating information about freshwater turtles and about our dedicated efforts toward their conservation. It was a truly rewarding experience, allowing us to connect with a wider community and inspire positive action for the freshwater turtles we cherish.
A/Prof Ricky Spencer delivered a talk at the Science at the Local Library at Penrith. You can now download the slides from his fascinating talk from the 'Resources and Activities' page by clicking below.
This article was published via the Western Sydney University celebrating the proud moment of our 2023 Eureka Prize win for Innovation in Citizen Science.