On October 9th at 2pm STF will hold a beach clean up and community engagement day with our volunteers. The day will commence with a beach clean up at Cape Pallarenda, this will be followed by a number of talks from a variety of organisations regarding their work in turtle research and conservation. And finally people will have the chance to mingle and network over food and refreshments through a grant provided by the Townsville City Council’s Mayor’s Community Giving Fund.
Our key use for volunteers is our stranding response program however in recent times there has been very few strandings following the grow back of seagrass beds after Cyclone Yasi in 2011. This has meant we haven’t had to use many of our wonderful trained, volunteers, however all it takes is another event like Cyclone Yasi for us and QPWS to be inundated by stranded and dead turtles again. WE hope this day will give us the opportunity to retain contact with volunteers and allow them to build networks with each other to ensure we are equipped if another spike in marine strandings was to occur.
We hope that the day will allow volunteers the opportunity to reengage with STF and our partners, learn about what turtle conservation and research programs are happening in the region and help clean up the beach at Cape Pallarenda. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to RSVP.