19 June 2020

Sign-up for Turtle Patrol this Spring

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Volunteers are being sought to help patrol the Mulligans Flat predator-proof fence looking for turtles who are trying to get in and out of the sanctuary.

“Whilst eastern long-necked turtles are smelly, they are also charismatic. Their annual migration patterns see them on the move across Canberra at this time of year,” said Mulligans Flat Project Officer Emily Belton.

“At Mulligans Flat we give them a hand to get into the fox-free Sanctuary, or let them get out, as they wish.

“Last year more than 160 people registered their interest in helping us patrol the predator-proof fence at Mulligans Flat and we are hoping for similar numbers this year so we can help out as many turtles as possible.

“Our committed volunteers help us out every day finding and moving turtles.

“The great thing about this program is that you can get your exercise and help wildlife conservation at the same time.

“If you live near the Sanctuary in Gungahlin, come along to the training and see if you can fit some wildlife care into your schedule.

“Last year the schedule was booked out in advance, and we ended helping about 240 turtles cross the fence.”

Training events for this year’s turtle-patrols at Mulligans Flat will be occurring on Thursday 18th and Saturday 20th August 2016. For further details and registration go to mulligansflat.org.au

The eastern long-necked turtle (Chelodina longicollis) is one of the most abundant turtles in Australia, often seen trying to cross roads in search of new habitat. (Getty Images)

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