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Citizen Science programs

By: Karen Player, Category: Lifelong Learning, Date: 23 Mar 2013

Today I attended the Connected Waters Symposium at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre and saw community action first hand.

Museum2you Backyard Biodiversity workshop 1

I. Kingsley © Australian Museum

It was great to see local council and the community working together on environmental projects. Over 50 people attended the Connected Waters Symposium and discussed a range of topic including:

  • Freshwater Crayfish of the Blue Mountains
  • Stream Restoration in the Blue Mountains
  • Cabomba aquatic weed control at Glenbrook Lagoon
  • Jamison Creek aquatic life: pollution incident impacts and recovery
  • Leura Falls Creek Community Working Group (LFCCWG)
  • Streamwatch at the Australian Museum
     
What can you do to participate in citizen Science programs?


Citizen Science programs provide a very important source of data about biodiversity. Data and insights gained through the efforts of citizen scientists enable us to learn more about our environments by creating additional data sources.

You can add flora and fauna observations to the Atlas of Living Australia and contribute to this important database.

Local councils have contact information for different environmental groups in your area. We can put you in contact with Streamwatch groups active in Sydney. For other areas of NSW contact your regional coordinator

You can also try the Landcare National directory or Bushcare directory so you can find a groups in your local area.

If you can't find a group to join why not start your own and start exploring your local environment.