Scientists encourage families to play 'I spy with my little eye' and win a National Parks Multi Pass

Though Citizen Science Month has come to an end, the fun can keep going with the Community Wildlife Survey! If you’ve been hanging out in backyards or travelling across the state, you can help scientists identify wildlife populations across NSW and win one of 10 NSW National Parks Multi Park Passes.

Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)

Alison Schumacher, Director of Conservation Policy and Strategy said that the Community Wildlife Survey is a great citizen science project that everyone can participate in.

“Whether you are at home, travelling on holidays within NSW or looking at photos of past trips across the state, keep an eye out for wildlife and report your findings in the NSW Government citizen science Community Wildlife Survey,” Ms Schumacher said.

“Completed entries are eligible to win one of 10 Multi Pass Passes that save on motor vehicle entry fees for all fee-collecting parks in NSW, except Kosciuszko National Park,” she said. 

“One year on from the devasting 2019-20 bushfires, we’re asking people in NSW to help us understand how koalas and other animals are faring, and where they are in the state.”

“The 10 animals we are looking for are koalas, brushtail possums, platypus, wombats, echidnas, spotted-tailed quolls, kangaroos, dingoes, foxes and deer.”

“The information you share will build on findings from earlier community surveys, allowing our scientists to compare with wildlife data from previous years. This data will help us decide the priority sites for action as part of the NSW Government's Koala Strategy.”

“The sighting data we get is also an important part of the NSW Koala Monitoring Framework and will provide us with vital information about where wildlife has been affected by fire, and where populations remain within and near the fire grounds.”

The Community Wildlife Survey is available at Community Wildlife Survey including competition terms and conditions.