Turtle Research Volunteer
Become a highly trained volunteer who can tag turtles, relocate eggs from at-risk nests & dig nests after hatching to record scientific data.
Training: 7 days at Mon Repos Turtle Research Centre every year during turtle nesting season (Dec - March)
Volunteer Turtle Spotter
Learn how to spot the tracks of a nesting turtle during your beach walks, identify the species from the tracks and take a photo & submit it to TurtleCare.
Training: Free local 30 minute briefing with TurtleCare Trainer.
Cooloola Coastcare monitors local marine turtle activity in a project called TurtleCare.
Volunteers monitor turtles nesting on the beaches north and south of Rainbow Beach and assist with rescuing stranded and injured turtles.
This project was started during the 2018-2019 turtle season by Joan Burnett.
Do you walk along Rainbow Beach in the mornings on a regular basis?
We are always looking for volunteers for TurtleCare on Rainbow Beach and Teewah Beach from October to March. Training is provided at no cost.
While you are walking in the early morning, you can be looking for turtle tracks or hatchlings and reporting them to our project leader. Even sightings of dead turtles or egg shells are useful data for our research.
Spotted a turtle or some tracks?
Phone or text Joan Burnett 0407 810 510 or Lindy Orwin 0478 039 322 for urgent notifications
or email her TurtleCare@CooloolaCoastcare.org.au for any queries or if you can join in local turtle monitoring.
A video about the turtle story
Turtle Hatchery - our goal for 2020
Here is a gallery of ideas for a Turtle Hatchery. To be ready for the 2020-2021 nesting season (November to April), We are actively seeking funding to build at least 1 of these but perhaps 2 at Rainbow Beach and potentially 1 on Teewah Beach as well. Relocating eggs laid on the beach where they will be inundated by tides (yes turtle eggs drown if they get waterlogged) or driven over by vehicles (as these beaches are designated roads) is vital to saving these species.
Treated logs or 100x100mm square treated timber
Security screen mesh (2400 x 1200) with 75 mm holes (to let hatching turtles escape) x 10 sheets
Fencing staples large enough to attach the wire to the logs
Metal rings suitable for hinges
Marine Turtle Strandings & Rescues
Juvenile transported to the Animal Hospital for treatment.
Rescue attempt of nest of turtle eggs during Cyclone Oma
Sick floating marine turtle rescue
Taken to Sea Life Mooloolaba for treatment