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Citizen science can include hands-on activities like searching for wildlife and recording where you found it. Projects can focus on animals and even address how we manage local environments.
There are a range of citizen science initiatives you take part in including bird counts, frog surveys, tracking your cat's movements and recording landscape changes at Fluker Posts.
FrogWatch is your chance to gather information about how our frogs are tracking in South Australia. Your data will contribute to a better understanding of the health of wetland environments. People are always needed to help with frog surveys and you don't have to be an expert to take part. FrogWatch SA is a partnership of knowledge sharing that anyone can join. The information you provide helps guide important management decisions. Go to the FrogWatch SA website or download the Frogspotter App to take part.
BirdLife Australia run the annual Aussie Backyard Bird Count in October each year. Get involved by downloading the Aussie Bird Count App and get counting!
The Activating Citizen Scientists Project aims to increase participation of older members of the South Australian community as citizen scientists, facilitated through a series of guided excursions. Excursions include collecting information about insects, birds and frogs.
The UniSA has held a range of popular citizen science initiatives including BioBlitz, Cat Tracker and Birding the Burbs. BioBlitz events have been held at various local parks including Oaklands Wetland, Warriparinga and Hallett Cove. Visit the BioBlitz page to see what species were found at the events.
FlukerPosts are location markers that look like posts in the ground. They have simple instructions asking people walking by to take photos and email them to researchers.
There are currently two FlukerPosts at Oaklands Wetland, with one planned for Warriaparinga and one planned at Hallett Cove Beach. For more information on the FlukerPosts project go to the Discovery Circle website.