Citizen Science


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 - March 2014

For more information, contact Nic Dunlop on 08 9420 7266 or email





24-27 January


Bird-banding, small vertebrate sampling, ant sampling

Fauna training program

31 January PM

Canning River foreshore Shelley Rossmoyne

Bat survey of urban remnant vegetation

Bats only

1-2 February

Lake Mealup Reserve

Bat survey

Bats only

10-14 March

Charles Darwin Reserve

Small vertebrate sampling, bat research

Fauna training program