Citizen Science

CCWA CITIZEN SCIENCE PROGRAM

In just a few short years our intrepid bush-boffins have discovered how fugitive lead in Esperance is transferred through the environment, how seabirds and bat communities are responding to climate change, the presence of selenium contamination in the Albany waterways and methyl-mercury contamination in Cockburn Sound and discovered the extent to which road transport is spreading GM canola across our south-west.

We have collected vital information on the ecological outcomes of feral predator eradication on islands, on ecosystem development in re-vegetated farmland in the Gondwana Link and on the fauna of Bush Heritage Reserves. We have developed and road-tested a fauna sampling training program to build community monitoring capacity in natural resource management and assisted in the development of a management plan for an Indigenous Protected Area. Our collaboration between experienced scientists, young graduates, conservation biology & environmental science students and local community activists has achieved amazing things.

On the drawing board are more projects with aboriginal groups and threatened species subject as always with a constant battle for funding. The future of CCWA citizen-science is going to depend on finding ongoing resources, engaging more partners and succession planning.

Citizen Science Trips January - June 2015

For more information, contact Nic Dunlop on 08 9420 7266 or email nic.dunlop@ccwa.org.au

      DATES

          LOCATION

                     PROJECT / ACTIVITY

 19-22 Jan

 Albany

 Albany Shorebirds Workshops - banding

 23-24 Jan

 Chingarrup

 Reveg monitoring & bird banding

 30 Jan - 1 Feb

 Rat Island - Abrolhos

 Rat Island Recovery & tern tracking

 24 Feb - 28 Feb

 Twin Creeks, Porongorup

 Fauna survey - fauna sampling training

 16-20 March

 Charles Darwin Reserve

 Fauna monitoring - Climate Change Observatory

 23-29 March

 Albany Festival of the Birds  / Chingarrup / Twin Creeks

 Workshops in Albany, Festival bird field trips to Chingarrup and Twin Creeks

 17-20 April

 Widimia - Three Springs

 Fauna Survey & training

 15-19 May

 Twin Creeks - Porongorup

 Fauna Survey & training

 29 May-1 June

 Chingarrup

 Reveg monitoring & bird banding