Turtle TalkIt’s Turtely Terrific!

Felicity Bairstow shares News about Turtle Trackers and more insights about our Southwestern Snake-Necked Turtles


From little things big things grow and I’m not just talking about a cute 20-cent piece size
hatchling growing into a big 30cm+ size Mumma turtle...

The ‘Turtle Tracking’ program that started right here at Bibra Lake has expanded to now take in take in 12 wetlands as part of the Saving Our Snake-Necked Turtle project, which is funded by Lotterywest and managed by the Perth South West Metropolitan Alliance. The number of people using the Turtle SAT app has grown from 19 to 425! The number of reported observations recorded on the app has also taken off, growing from just 30 reports in the 12 years prior to 2020, to now almost 2000 reports. And approximately 2000 hours of volunteer time helped make this happen. Go ‘Turtle Trackers’!

This is a great example of a Citizen Science project delivering direct conservation outcomes while creating a community of Turtle Tracking buddies working together to achieve the best results.

There is still a lot to be done with a low proportion of juveniles in the populations and the adult populations dominated by males. The ongoing effort to protect adult females is the key to getting the population back on a healthy trajectory. We can all do our bit by being vigilant during nesting season when females may be crossing roads and encouraging others to do the same. Our local social media pages can be a good way to get the message out for everyone to be extra careful on the roads during a nesting event.

A long neck turtle walking through the wetlands

Handle a turtle? STOP!
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The following advice comes from the City of Cockburn regarding turtle interactions:

  • They are not lost – if they need help, assist them in the direction they were heading.
  • Drive slowly around wetlands.
  • Protect them from predators. It is best to keep your distance, but wave off ravens and other birds if they are attacking.
  • Take any injured or dead turtles to WA Wildlife (formerly Native ARC), 172 Hope Road, Bibra Lake. Eggs can be retrieved for incubation.
  • Turtle hatchlings can be taken straight to the water.
  • Keep a box and towel in your car for turtle season.
  • Log sightings on the TurtleSAT website.

It's our Citizen Scientists who make projects like Turtle Trackers a success!
Here's our blog post that tells you more about Citizen Science:

5 Fun Ways You Can Help Your Wetlands With Citizen Science

Nothing compares to the joy of giving! It is immense. And it is this shared joy and community spirit that are helping us rehabilitate and conserve our vulnerable wetlands. For, rehabilitating the wetlands is a complex project with many moving…
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