TSA North America
What You’ll Do
Study volunteers snorkel the springs for 3-5 day sampling sessions. All turtle species are captured, measured and marked (either PIT tags or tattoos). Invasive species are removed. The day starts at around 9 am and the crew typically leaves the water around 5 or 6 pm. You will catch a lot of turtles!
What You’ll Need
If you want to get in the water, the only real way to catch the majority of the species in the springs is to give chase. Volunteers will need to provide their own snorkel equipment – mask and fins are a must! A wetsuit is also highly recommended, as the water at some sampling sites can be quite chilly. A change of clothes is also suggested. If you'd prefer to stay dry, there are plenty of other ways to help. Volunteers are needed to row canoes and kayaks to support the snorkel team in the water. Extra hands are also useful on the land, measuring turtles and recording data. No matter your experience, the team will find a way for you to help!
Sampling days for 2019:
February 22nd - 24th - Comal Springs, New Braunfels, Texas March 23rd - 27th - Rock/Wekiwa Springs, Apopka, Florida March 27th - 28th - Weeki Wachee Springs, Spring Hill, Florida March 28th - 29th - Manatee/Fanning Springs, Chiefland, Florida March 30th - 31st - Ichetucknee Springs State Park, Hildreth, Florida May 17-19 - Comal Springs, New Braunfels, Texas May 22-23 - Bull Creek, County Line on the Lake, Austin, Texas #WorldTurtleDay July 20-24 - Rock/Wekiwa Springs, Apopka, Florida July 25-26 - Blue Springs, Orange City, Florida September 20-22 - Comal Springs, New Braunfels, Texas September 21-22 - Blue Springs, Orange City, Florida
- October 12-13 - Manatee/Fanning Springs, Cheifland, Florida
- October 19-20 - Bull Creek, County Line on the Lake, Austin, Texas
- November 8-10 - Comal Springs, New Braunfels, Texas
For more information, or to volunteer, contact Jordan Gray: email@example.com