Wildlife selfies for science: counters wanted to sort wildlife imagery

Environment Minister Mark Speakman today announced a new online citizen science initiative which encourages people to sort through more than 280,000 ‘wildlife selfies’ taken in NSW national parks.

Red-necked wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus), Newnes campground, Wollemi National Park

Mr Speakman said 200 motion-sensitive cameras have captured more than 280,000 images of wildlife this year across 146 NSW national parks and reserves, as part of the WildCount initiative.

The next stage of this year’s project is to sort through these photos and collate the wildlife imagery for the scientists to review for trends and changes in native wildlife behaviour.

'It is such a massive task and we are asking the public for assistance in sorting and collating these images to speed up the process,' Mr Speakman said.

'The WildCount project will help keep a close watch on our common species to understand if there are any subtle changes to their status over time that could tell us if intervention and action is needed.'

Some of the weird and wonderful animal interactions snapped over the years include two wallabies hugging, a willie wag-tail perched on the back of a kangaroo and a lyrebird attacking a black snake.

The public can register to join the WildCount Expedition on the DigiVol website: digivol.org.

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