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Turtles on the Move - Freshwater Turtle Expedition

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Earthwatch Institute invites you to join their Turtles on the Move freshwater turtle expedition this March.

Currently, very little is known about Melbourne's freshwater turtles and the impact that our growing city is having on their health. To help collect pivotal data, Earthwatch is hosting one-day expeditions in Melbourne's wetlands from the 10th to 13th of March 2015.

As part of this unique hands-on experience, participants will wade through the city's freshwater lakes and creeks to capture turtles, assess their health, and review the condition of their habitat.

Participants will measure the length, width and depth of the turtles' carapace (shell); learn how to determine a turtle's sex and species; measure the pH, salinity, and soluble organic content of the water; and identify the tadpoles and macro invertebrates living in the water.

This important data will help scientists and governments answer the question of how urbanization is impacting the survival of Melbourne's turtles and help develop strategies to conserve turtles in the Melbourne region.

Families with children aged 13 to 17 are welcome to participate.

Limited places are available and early bookings are advised.

Please click here to book your preferred session.

The participation fee is $95.

For more information on Turtles on the Move, head to the Earthwatch website.

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When: 10th, 11th, 12th & 13th March
Where: Melbourne's Wetlands
Cost: $95, includes food & travel
Your Comment
I did this last year was so much fun stomping around in wetlands with the public wondering what the hek you were doing - haha!!

We caught 5 turtles also.. soo cute!!
by kaubr (score: 0|2) 1750 days ago
I participated in this in January. Learnt so much about turtles and felt good in contributing to their conservation. What an awesome experience!
by juzfo (score: 0|2) 1750 days ago
I've done this trip - the scientist was so interesting, he made it lots of fun and I learnt a lot! It's great if you want to learn a bit more about nature!
by shena (score: 0|2) 1749 days ago
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