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 3 years during turtle nesting season (Dec - March)
Turtle Spotter Volunteer
Learn how to spot the tracks of a nesting turtle during your beach walks, identify the species from the tracks.
Training: Free local 30 minute briefing with TurtleCare Trainer.
Follow us on Facebook & attend public events like hatchings.
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 started during the 2018-2019 turtle season.
Do you walk along Rainbow Beach in the mornings on a regular basis?
We are looking for volunteers for TurtleCare on Rainbow 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.
Phone or text Lindy Orwin 0478 039 322 for urgent notifications
or email her Coordinator@CooloolaCoastcare.org.au for any queries or if you can join in local turtle monitoring.
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 hope to find funding and build at least 1 of these but perhaps 2 at Rainbow Beach and potentially 1 on Teewah Beach as well.
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
Sightings and Activities Gallery
Updated gallery coming soon.
We currently have too many photos to post on the page so we are preparing a new gallery.
13 December 2014
Nest on path at Rainbow Beach swimming area
The 'Mountaineer' Green Turtle
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
2019-08-03 Turtle stranded at Bullock Point (Deceased)
2019-07-28 Turtle floating in Wide Bay Bar (Unable to locate)
2019-07-28 Turtle trapped in Crab Pot (Successful rescue by a volunteer)
2019-xx-xx Rescue of floating turtle. Transported to Reef HQ Aquarium Turtle Hospital. (Deceased)
2019-01-xx Report of deceased turtle Inskip Point