Queensland Trust For Nature

Give a turtle hatchling a chance!

Flatback turtles (natator depressus) are the only marine turtle to nest solely within Australia and are listed as vulnerable in Queensland.
 
Each year, between November and December, more than 7000 flatback turtle eggs are laid on Avoid Island. The island is a sanctuary for turtles and their hatchlings and is free from land-based predators such as foxes, cats and dogs, and has no crocodiles.

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Adopt a hatchling campaign

The odds are stacked against flatback turtle hatchlings right from the start.

As soon as they break through the leathery shell of the egg at night they must work together to dig through the sand to the surface. 

Once on the surface of the beach, the hatchlings orientate themselves towards the lighter horizon of the ocean and run a gauntlet of dangers - birds, crabs and manmade obstacles like rubbish as fast as they can down the beach and into the waves.

Sadly early life in the ocean remains precarious and many hatchlings are eaten by sharks and crocodiles, with few making it to adulthood.

That’s why QTFN’s Adopt a Hatchling campaign and the work it supports at Avoid Island is so vital to the survival of this vulnerable Australian species.

For just $25, you can symbolically adopt your very own hatchling from the 2016/17 nesting season and help protect the flatback turtle population for years to come. 

Your adoption pack will include: 

  • An e-certificate identifying your unique adopted hatchling
  • Regular updates from QTFN about our work on Avoid Island and other conservation projects across Queensland
  • And, of course, a tax deductible receipt

Avoid Island is a QTFN-owned Nature Refuge offshore between Gladstone and Mackay and the third largest rookery for the southern Queensland flatback population.

All money raised through the campaign goes towards the maintenance of this island sanctuary and QTFN’s annual flatback research, education and monitoring programs.