Melbourne is renowned for its shopping and small-bar scene, but did you know it’s also home to a number of freshwater turtles?
Local lakes and wetlands provide a safe haven for the turtles, but what effect is the city’s growth having on them?
Earthwatch seeks to answer that question, and is taking visitors on one-day research expeditions to capture and assess the turtles and review their fragile habitat.
This is a hands-on experience, where you learn to measure the turtles, determine their sex and species, check the quality and salinity of the water, and catch and identify the tadpoles and macro-invertebrates that are the turtles’ main food source.
The scenic beauty of Cape Otway, just off Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, is reason enough to visit the region, but an added attraction is a stay at the Great Ocean Ecolodge.
Run by the Conservation Ecology Centre, the award-winning eco-retreat is entirely solar-powered and ecologically responsible, and guests get the chance to take an active part in its wildlife conservation projects.
Helping care for injured and orphaned koalas is part of the Ecolodge’s popular three- or six-day Koala Conservation Experience. Participants become members of the Koala conservation team, contributing to the future of this beloved species.
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