Volunteers are our greatest asset.
Therefore, we invest a lot of time into training them so they can confidently hit the beach ready to monitor and collect accurate data. Volunteers receive training in:
- identifying the species of turtle from the track left in the sand
- determining suspected nests and false crawls (where a turtle has emerged and not laid eggs)
- identifying nest predation and disturbance, including predator tracks
- how to adhere to the turtle watching Code of Conduct
- how and when to safely rescue turtles
- accurately recording and managing data
- use of 2-way radios, GPS units and tablets.
We suggest our prospective volunteers check out the NTP Turtle Monitoring Field Guide here, which provides detailed information on the data we collect and how we collect it. It’s a great start to your turtle monitoring experience!