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.