Citizen science survey of Western Ringtail Possums.
The Ringtail Tally was established by GeoCatch in 2016, in partnership with Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA). The Tally aims to improve our knowledge and awareness of critically endangered Western Ringtail Possums living in urban areas. Citizen scientists are engaged to record sightings of possums in their local area over a 4 week period during April to May. The results are shared with the wider community in the form of an infographic and recorded on the WA Threatened Species Database.
The information gained from the Tally is building a reliable set of observation data that will improve our knowledge about where Western Ringtail Possums are found and in what numbers. This information is then used as a reference for population trends, future planning decisions and conservation projects. The data becomes more valuable each year the Tally is repeated.
Now in its 7th year, the Tally has expanded beyond the original Geographe Bay Catchment area. Nature Conservation Margaret River, Leschenault Catchment Council and Wirambi Landcare now run the project with their local communities, making it a truly regional event. The ongoing success of the Tally is not possible without the generous contribution of community participants, DBCA and partner organisations.
Usually held in the autumn school holidays, the Tally is a fun and informative way for community members of all ages to engage in science and the conservation of a critically endangered species. Contact us to get involved!