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 Spring/Summer 2014

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

      DATES

          LOCATION

                  PROJECT / ACTIVITY

 30 Aug-6 Sep

Christmas Island

Bird Week

 23-25 Sep

Rottnest

Fairy Tern banding - trainee banders

1-4 Oct

Chingarrup

Small vertebrate survey - fauna training + bird banding

 6 -20 Oct

Lancelin Island

Lancelin Noddies - GPS tracking and banding

 24-27 Oct

Three Springs LTA

Flora, small vertebrate survey - fauna training

 30 Oct -2 Nov

Lancelin Island

Lancelin Noddies - GPS tracking and banding

 12-16 Nov

Rat Island

Rat Island Recovery, Tern Workshop

 21-26 Nov

Charles Darwin Reserve

Fauna sampling - Fauna training

 2-6 Dec

Rat Island

Rat Island Recovery, Tern Workshop

 19-22 Dec

Chingarrup

Small vertebrate survey - fauna training + bird banding