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Research Turtles on Stradbroke Island

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Published March 1st 2011

If you have ever fostered dreams of becoming a marine biologist, this experience is for you.

Earthwatch Institute Australia is a non-profit organisation that conducts field research into conservation and ecological systems. For a donation towards the cost of research, members of the public may assist scientists with their studies, regardless of their experience or education in the field.

Turtles in Trouble is a one day expedition that takes place on North Stradbroke Island. Participants work with renowned turtle expert Dr Kathy Townsend as she researches the causes of turtle deaths. These volunteers will spend the morning in a lab working on the dissection of a turtle and analysing the plastics that led to its death. The afternoon will be spent recording and cleaning rubbish along the shoreline.

This activity is an all weather experience that will go ahead in the event of rain. Volunteers should bring sunscreen, a change of clothes and wet weather gear, and should wear comfortable, enclosed shoes. Your day will begin at 7.30am and end at 5.30pm.

Turtles in Trouble involves research into the impact of marine pollution on turtles. The experience costs $149.00 per person, which includes the ferry ride to and from North Stradbroke Island. A buffet lunch, snacks and water will be provided.
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Why? To help the turtles
When: See website for dates
Where: North Stradbroke Island
Cost: $149.00 per person
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