There are many things community members can do to maintain river health and support the recovery of the Bellinger River Snapping Turtle.
1. Donate to our Water Testing Kit Crowdfunding Campaign - URGENT
Bellingen Riverwatch runs on extremely limited funding. Our most urgent need at present is funding for five more water testing kits to support the work of our volunteers. We are crowdfunding for one kit and seeking businesses sponsorship for four kits.
Donate to our Crowdfunding Campaign (link coming soon)
2. Keep a Clean Routine
Thorough cleaning of boats and equipment when moving from the Bellinger to other waterways may significantly reduce the risk of transporting the BRV virus. Community members can help minimise the risk of spreading the virus by swimming in only one location, or cleaning and drying swimming gear between visits, and washing down canoes with soapy water and drying thoroughly before re-use.
Download Keep a ‘clean’ routine: Bellinger River Snapping Turtle mortality (link coming soon)
Download Code of Conduct for recreational use: Bellinger & Kalang Estuary (link coming soon)
3. Report Turtle Sightings
Report turtle sightings using Turtle SAT, and report nesting sights, and sick or dead turtles on (02) 6659 8200 or Bellinger.email@example.com. To report sick or dead turtles, phone 131 555.
4. Make a Regular or One-Off Gift
Sustaining a highly functioning community project such as this requires adequate on-ground and administrative support to ensure that the volunteers are well supported and the partnerships are nurtured. Make a regular or one-off gift to support this program into the future.
5. Like Us on Facebook
We need to get the plight of the turtle and how our local and global communities can help out far and wide. By liking us on Facebook, you can help share our posts and build our community.
6. Buy a T-shirt or Keep-Cup
Another great way to spread the word is by wearing one of our awesome t-shirts or using one of our keep-cups.
7. Subscribe to our Monthly River Health Snapshot
Each month, we send out a River Health Snapshot, reporting on the parameters that are of particular importance to turtle recovery - Available Phosphates, Dissolved Oxygen and Water Temperature. Most months, we also include a report on Faecal Coliform.
Sign up here
8. Come to an Event
Bringing people together around the health of the river is incredibly important for our future.
9. Volunteer with Us
We are currently recruiting for Roving and Holler Volunteers.
Roving Volunteers support the testing at core sites and step in if our water testing volunteers are ill or away.
Holler Volunteers help build support for this innovative citizen science project. Holler volunteers may be interested in volunteering to distribute flyers/posters, attend market stalls, collect donations, talk to prospective sponsors or assisting with social media.