Turtle training workshops

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph
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Turtle lovers are being encouraged to get involved in the upcoming turtle season as Care For Hedland host training workshops for their turtle monitoring program.

The Environmental Association will be hosting training workshops on the first weekend of November to teach volunteers how to help monitor the threatened flatback turtles that come to shore each summer.

Association co-ordinator Jo Smith said the upcoming season was looking to be busy and encouraged everyone interested to join.

“Basically we’re going to be doing a full day of training on the Saturday,” she said. “Then on the Sunday, we’ll go down to the beach, which will be more to do with the hatchlings and more practical experience.”

VideoTwo endangered Loggerhead Turtles and two rare Flatback Turtles are recuperating at Perth Zoo after being found in poor condition on various WA beaches.

The training sessions will be held at the Gateway Village on November 4 and 5 and will focus on how data collection works and why it’s important to monitor the turtles each year.

Care For Hedland has also called for action as it prepares to welcome out-of-town volunteers and seek accommodation to host them.

The association is asking residents who have a spare room to contact it for details.

To contact Care For Hedland email coordinator@careforhedland.org.au or phone Jo Smith on 0488 907 260.

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