Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Join Up to Help Protect Nesting Turtles

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Join Up to Help Protect Nesting Turtles

Article excerpt

AUSTRALIAN Seabird Rescue is calling on all beach users to keep a watchful eye as sea turtle nesting season approaches.

General manager Kathrina Southwell said the public should look out for turtle tracks on the beach at sunrise and sunset.

"We find most of the tracks on the beach will be found in the morning around sunrise, because the turtles tend to come up and lay their eggs just before sunrise or just after dark," she said.

"Sea turtle tracks look a bit like someone has had a tractor tyre and rolled it up the beach and then back down again.

"If anyone sees anything that looks a bit like a tractor tyre mark, we are just asking them to give use a call or send us some photos and then we can go assess the situation."

The Ballina-based organisation will host a free training session on November 18 to show volunteers how to identify a track and local threats to nesting sea turtles. …

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