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Citizen Science

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 and frog surveys.


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.

Aussie Backyard Bird Count

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!

Wild Pollinator Count

Wild Pollinator Count is a national citizen science event held twice a year in mid-autumn and mid-spring. It aims to increase knowledge about the role of native insects, such as native bees, butterflies, wasps, flies, beetles and ants, in pollinating plants. It gives you the chance to contribute to wild pollinator insect conservation in Australia. All you have to do is watch any flowering plant for ten minutes during the count week and report on what you see.

The Wild Pollinator count dates for 2019 are:

Autumn: 14-21 April

Spring: 10-17 November

Activating Citizen Scientists

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.

Atlas of Living Australia

The Atlas of Living Australia is a collaborative, national project which collates biodiversity data from various sources and makes it freely available online. Information about local species that was collected at past citizens science events in Marion is available on this website. You can also use their citizen science project finder to search for local projects to participate in.