These days there seems to be a special day to mark everything, but World Turtle Day is definitely one to shellebrate.
It’s held around the globe on 23 May to bring attention to and increase knowledge of turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive.
However these freshwater turtles are in crisis.
Save our turtle necks
Australia’s freshwater turtles are under serious threat due to widespread drought, fox predation and human activities.
There is mounting evidence suggesting that many turtle species are declining across Australia.
People power to the rescue
You can help protect turtles by collecting data when you see them.
If you spot a turtle or a turtle nest, head to the TurtleSAT (Turtle Surveying and Analysis Tools) website using your smartphone or computer and enter the information. Alternatively, you can download the app for Android phones.
The information collected will help inform researchers where turtles live, how far they travel, and different reasons for the decline in numbers from region to region. By contributing, you’ll be helping to grow a bank of data that will help protect turtles into the future.
Places to look include along the river or near your local creek or farm dam – and keep an eye out for turtles on the road, too.
This story was originally posted in May 2016.