Observe to conserve.
More and more, science is relying on the community to help gather data about the natural environment.
Community observations are an important source of data that fills gaps in knowledge and helps to inform future management and planning decisions. Citizens contribute to data monitoring and collection programs simply by observing, counting, measuring or taking photos of local wildlife and natural areas.
There are many local, national and global citizen science programs out there that you can get involved in.
We run the Western Ringtail Possum Tally each year. Community members record sightings of possums, helping to increase our knowledge about the number and distribution of possums across the Catchment.
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.
Aussie Backyard Bird Count
BirdLife Australia runs this citizen science event each year during National Bird Week, asking citizens to record the types and number of birds in their local area. The data collected assists BirdLife Australia in understanding more about the birds that live where people live.
WWF and its partners run the Spring Quenda Count each year to gather more data on the numbers and distribution of quendas. Counting quendas over a period of time can help determine trends in populations and help inform conservation efforts.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development run this annual event during October-November to help protect Australia’s agri-food industries and the natural environment from harmful exotic pests. The data can identify potential outbreaks of pests, distribution trends and new species.
National Shorebird Count
BirdLife Australia runs the Shorebird Count, a long-term monitoring program that gathers data on the behaviour, distribution and population trends of shorebirds.
The Australian Museum also runs a number of national Citizen Science programs that you can get involved in.