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 May - December 2015

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



                     PROJECT / ACTIVITY

 1 - 4 May

 Twin Creeks - Porongorup

 Fauna Survey and training

 29 May - 1 June

 Chingarrup Sanctuary

 Reveg monitoring and bird banding

 12 - 15 June

 Charles Darwin Reserve

 Bird census, observation and banding

 14 - 16 Aug

 Carnamah and WidiMia

 Fauna survey and birdlife survey

 11 - 13 Sept

 Rottnest Island

 Fairy Tern banding

 25 - 27 Sept

 Hamelin Station - Shark Bay

 Bird Survey

 2 - 4 Oct

 Charles Darwin Reserve

 BHA Open Day Ecology Program -

 Blues for the Bush Event 

 9 - 12 Oct

 Twin Creeks - Porongorup

 Fauna Survey and training

 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