Eco Beach Sea Turtle Monitoring
Broome, WA

Location:
Broome, WA
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Departs from:
Lot 642 Cable Beach Road Broome 6725 WA
ph:+618 9335 2777
Departure time:
8:30am

A key feature of the program in 2009 was the deployment of two satellite transmitters on nesting turtles to track migratory movements. Conservation and research actions in 2010 include nightly patrols tagging turtles, measuring, taking a DNA sample, installing nest temperature data loggers, conducting a morning survey and the development of at least one more satellite transmitter.

Quick Facts
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights  - Nesting / Tagging program
Departs: 8:30am from Broome
Project location: Eco Beach
Activity rating: Moderate
Accommodation: Eco Beach Wilderness Retreat
Price from $1,440 per person inclusive of meals, accommodation, transfers, activities and program leader.

Conservation Activities
Conservation Volunteers Australia is committed to the long term protection of critical nesting habitats for the Australian flatback sea turtle. Our goals are to: 
- collect valuable scientific data whilst monitoring the range of flatbacks in the Broome region,  
- assist in future species classifications and,  
- educate and involve community members on the conservation and biology of sea turtles.

During this Naturewise program participants will patrol a long section of beach north of Eco Beach Wilderness Retreat. Nightly turtle research conducted across the nesting season aims to locate nesting flatback turtles to determine their numbers and the genetic dispersal of the population. Adhering to a range of animal handling protocols, each four hour nightly patrol walks beach sectors looking for nesting turtles. Patrols take place each night between 6.30pm and 4.30am. Data regarding the turtle and nesting process is recorded, flipper tags inserted and a DNA sample taken. One patrol team will drive 12kms along the beach to a nesting area, patrol for approximately four hours, sleep at our patrol base camp in provided tents and then return early morning to the Resort. Day activities will include a morning survey and nest exhumations as required. No prior experience is required and participants will receive training. While not engaged in turtle research activities  participants will have free time to relax, enjoy the resorts facilities or join a local tour offered by the resort (at your own expense).

Fitness Levels 
There is a moderate effort required to participate in the turtle research activities. Daily beach patrols require beach walking of up to 10km’s during the evening and early hours of the morning. We recommend participants have a reasonable fitness level. 

Accommodation
Eco Beach Wilderness Retreat is our accommodation base for this project. The multi award winning eco resort is set amongst a pristine and untouched environment just an hour’s drive South of Broome. Accommodation is provided in spacious safari-style Eco Tents with private bathroom facilities. Tents are stylishly outfitted with either a king–sized bed or two single beds, bedside tables with reading lamps, bed linen, three-shelved wardrobe kit, large storage chest, ensuite shower and toilet. Eco tent accommodation does not have air conditioning, however a fan is provided.

Highlights 
- Recording nest and track data 
- Tagging and measuring turtles 
- Counting eggs and hatchlings

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For more information, or for help with your booking, please contact the Broome office on +618 9335 2777 or email broome@cva.org.au