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Register Now to Volunteer at Phoenix Zoo Turtle Trapping

From the AZGFD Homeschool Program:

Well, after a brief hiatus to take care of some other work, the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Homeschool Program is back and ready for a full slate of summer offerings. As usual, our summer will be largely focused on aquatic invasive species. The events will give us a chance to cool off near the water while attempting to help some of our native wildlife. Next week, you should receive information about our very popular crayfish captures, which will be taking place across the state. 

Today, however, we are taking registration for another fun event: the annual turtle trapping at the Phoenix Zoo. This event is a little different than some of our other ones. This is really your chance to give back. We are seeking volunteers to help with outreach on the bridge in front of the zoo. Participants should be willing to step up and talk to Phoenix Zoo visitors about the non-native turtles and the reason for the trapping. So, we are asking for a little bit more from you, but it is a great opportunity to develop public speaking skills. And we may have a few more surprises for our participants, although there are no guarantees at this time!

Be aware that there is a really quick turn  around on this event. We will likely fill all spots this weekend. Don’t wait to register. Check out the details below…


 Turtle Trapping at the Phoenix Zoo

For the third year in a row, our Homeschool program is able to participate in the annual non-native turtle trapping at the Phoenix Zoo. Many of you have helped out in the past and know it’s an exciting and interesting opportunity to get hands-on experience performing wildlife management and public outreach.  This year, we will be participating on Friday, May 20, which nicely coincides with World Turtle Day (May 23rd).   
 
For those of you who have not helped out with this event, here’s what we are doing and why:

Every year, it is estimated that hundreds of unwanted pet turtles are released into the “moat” in front of the zoo.  This population of turtles undergoes annual trapping efforts to reduce their chances of traveling to nearby canals and the Salt River where they could out-compete with, spread disease to, or prey on native turtles and other native aquatic wildlife.  During the trapping, all captured turtles are measured, weighed, identified to species and sex, and uniquely marked.  Female nonnative turtles are removed from the pond and placed with the Phoenix Herpetological Society. Native turtles and male nonnative turtles are returned to the pond.
 
We’re looking for help providing outreach to the public on Friday May 20th on why releasing pet turtles could be harmful.

The outreach is performed in a gazebo at the beginning of the bridge into the zoo where we’ll have several of the non-native species commonly trapped in the pond plus handouts and brochures.  We also have outreach volunteers on the bridge to talk about why there are boats and traps in the water, explain why we’re trapping, and answer questions.  We encourage both children and adults to volunteer for outreach positions and will provide all of our outreach volunteers with the messages that we want to get across to the public, so you will know what to say and how to approach the public.

We have 3 different shifts on Friday:
• 8am – 10am
• 12pm – 2pm
• 4pm – 6pm

During the 12-2pm and 4-6pm, all captured turtles will be processed.  Once all the traps are checked, volunteers from outreach have the opportunity to assist with the turtle processing.

We have a limited number of positions available. Registration is required and participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

To register, click on the link below:

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE TURTLE TRAPPING

Thanks for volunteering!

For questions, please contact Eric Proctor at eproctor@azgfd.gov. 

Well, after a brief hiatus to take care of some other work, the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Homeschool Program is back and ready for a full slate of summer offerings. As usual, our summer will be largely focused on aquatic invasive species. The events will give us a chance to cool off near the water while attempting to help some of our native wildlife. Next week, you should receive information about our very popular crayfish captures, which will be taking place across the state. 

Today, however, we are taking registration for another fun event: the annual turtle trapping at the Phoenix Zoo. This event is a little different than some of our other ones. This is really your chance to give back. We are seeking volunteers to help with outreach on the bridge in front of the zoo. Participants should be willing to step up and talk to Phoenix Zoo visitors about the non-native turtles and the reason for the trapping. So, we are asking for a little bit more from you, but it is a great opportunity to develop public speaking skills. And we may have a few more surprises for our participants, although there are no guarantees at this time!

Be aware that there is a really quick turn  around on this event. We will likely fill all spots this weekend. Don’t wait to register. Check out the details below…

 Turtle Trapping at the Phoenix Zoo

For the third year in a row, our Homeschool program is able to participate in the annual non-native turtle trapping at the Phoenix Zoo. Many of you have helped out in the past and know it’s an exciting and interesting opportunity to get hands-on experience performing wildlife management and public outreach.  This year, we will be participating on Friday, May 20, which nicely coincides with World Turtle Day (May 23rd).   
 
For those of you who have not helped out with this event, here’s what we are doing and why:
 

Every year, it is estimated that hundreds of unwanted pet turtles are released into the “moat” in front of the zoo.  This population of turtles undergoes annual trapping efforts to reduce their chances of traveling to nearby canals and the Salt River where they could out-compete with, spread disease to, or prey on native turtles and other native aquatic wildlife.  During the trapping, all captured turtles are measured, weighed, identified to species and sex, and uniquely marked.  Female nonnative turtles are removed from the pond and placed with the Phoenix Herpetological Society. Native turtles and male nonnative turtles are returned to the pond.
 
We’re looking for help providing outreach to the public on Friday May 20th on why releasing pet turtles could be harmful.
 

The outreach is performed in a gazebo at the beginning of the bridge into the zoo where we’ll have several of the non-native species commonly trapped in the pond plus handouts and brochures.  We also have outreach volunteers on the bridge to talk about why there are boats and traps in the water, explain why we’re trapping, and answer questions.  We encourage both children and adults to volunteer for outreach positions and will provide all of our outreach volunteers with the messages that we want to get across to the public, so you will know what to say and how to approach the public.

We have 3 different shifts on Friday:
• 8am – 10am
• 12pm – 2pm
• 4pm – 6pm

During the 12-2pm and 4-6pm, all captured turtles will be processed.  Once all the traps are checked, volunteers from outreach have the opportunity to assist with the turtle processing.

We have a limited number of positions available. Registration is required and participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

To register, click on the link below:

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE TURTLE TRAPPING

Thanks for volunteering!

For questions, please contact Eric Proctor at eproctor@azgfd.gov.


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