Giving Turtles a ‘Head Start’

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Giving Turtles a ‘Head Start’

October 18, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for a presentation about our exciting (and super cute!!) new turtle project starting across Jerrabomberra Wetlands and Mulligans Flat this Summer.


The goal of the project is to pilot “head-starting” the Eastern Long-necked Turtle populations in both reserves. As over 90% of turtle nests are raided by foxes, the idea of head-starting is to release hatchlings once they have made it through the high-risk nest stage. This will involve creating nesting grounds in fox free Mulligans Flat, collecting the hatchlings and then releasing them at Jerrabomberra Wetlands. Hatchlings will be radio tracked following release to assess movement and survival.


This project is being lead by Dr Ricky Spencer from the University of Western Sydney, but will rely on the help of our local volunteers at both Mulligans Flat and Jerrabomberra Wetlands.


If you are interested in volunteering on this project, or would just like to learn more about turtles, come along to hear Dr Spencer give a presentation about the project.


Please RSVP to our Sanctuary Ecologist – Emily Belton, at


October 18, 2018
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Jerrabomberra Wetlands
2 Dairy Road
Fyshwick, ACT 2609 Australia
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