Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Rangers Get Set for First Turtle of Season

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Rangers Get Set for First Turtle of Season

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Byline: Mike Derry

STAFF at the Mon Repos Conservation Park are expecting the first turtle of the season to arrive on the beach any day now.

Climate Change and Sustainability Minister Kate Jones said the first turtle for each season was usually a flatback.

"This species and others including the endangered loggerhead turtle will be nesting regularly throughout the season, laying up to four nests each," she said.

Ms Jones said a total of 400 turtles nested at Mon Repos last season.

"While there are natural fluctuations in annual turtle numbers Co as they nest approximately every four years Co we are hoping this season will also show good nesting numbers," she said.

Ms Jones said that as well as normal data collection, ranger staff and researchers would be observing the effects of artificial light on the coastline this season.

"We are hoping to see a reduction in the coastal glow thanks to the Cut the Glow to help Turtles Go community awareness campaign," she said. …

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