Do you want to count migrating whales? Or go birdwatching for science? How about hiking to remote regions to hunt for weeds?
These are just some of the ways that citizen scientists can get involved in animal and plant surveys.
Citizen scientists work alongside our staff to create a snapshot of the number, type and distribution of species in a particular area.
They can survey threatened species, other native animals and plants, even weeds.
The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) then uses that information in our monitoring programs to support decision-making.
There are lots of ways to get involved with animal and plant surveys, whatever your age or background.
For instance, you can:
- survey birds in the Warrumbungle National Park
- monitor wombats at Bents Basin State Conservation Area, or
- hunt for orange hawkweed in Kosciuszko National Park
- help count migrating whales near where you live or combine whale watching with a holiday.
- look at a past project, a BioBlitz, to see how citizen scientists surveyed animals and plants at Sydney Olympic Park.
We’d also like to hear from potential partners and researchers interested in working with us on future projects.
By taking part in citizen science animal and surveys, you will be helping us monitor and conserve animals and plants in NSW.