1 Million Turtles Community Conservation Program
Thanks for downloading the TurtleSAT app, it is your gateway to becoming a Citizen Scientist. Our Turtles need your help. They have out survived dinosaurs, but we are driving them to extinction. You will see freshwater turtles in most water ways, but often you will see them hit on roads or their eggs dug up by foxes
The Australian Reptile Park and Aussie Ark have teamed up with the 1 Million Turtles Community Conservation Program to repopulate our rivers and wetlands with 1 Million Turtles throughout the country. The turtles you see here at the Conservation Ark are part of that program. You can become part of the program too.
You will be in front of the awesome Hunter River Turtle ponds. Unless it is winter, you will the turtles floating at the surface or on the logs. This is basking. They are warming their bodies because they are "ectothermic" (or what was once called "cold blooded"). Turtles do this in the wild. So watch out for them
In Spring/early Summer after rain, you might be lucky to see the females on land digging nests. They dig a hole and deposit 15-20 eggs. They cover it up and leave. The hatchlings emerge in summer. These turtles are lucky. In the wild, foxes consume 95% of nests. Take a photo of any turtle or nest that you see.
Next. watch this video on how to use TurtleSAT to record any turtle that you see. TurtleSAT will identify your location and will display the wild turtles that are in your area. Because the reptile park has turtles from all over Australia, you can record the species name in the notes section of TurtleSAT. If you know how to use TurtleSAT or happy to try it out without the video move to the next section. HOT TIP. Hunter River Turtles are a type of Short-Neck Turtle
So now you are ready to take a photo of a turtle and upload it to TurtleSAT. Simply open the camera app on your phone and get snapping. Once you have a photo that you want to upload, open the TurtleSAT app and tap "Map Turtles" or tap the back arrow at the top of the app if you are ready to map your sighting.