Citizen Science

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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 

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

2015

      DATES

          LOCATION

                     PROJECT / ACTIVITY

 31 Oct & 1 Nov

 Lancelin Island

 Common Noddy mark / recapture and tracking

 9 - 14 Nov

 Charles Darwin Reserve

 Small vertebrate trapping and bird-banding
 11 - 14 Dec

 Rat Island - Abrolhos

 Terrestrial fauna and seabird monitoring banding  (including banding)
 18 - 21 Dec

 Chingarrup Sanctuary

 Fauna trapping and bird-banding

2016

      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 Mar

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 Peaks

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