Citizen Science allows you to actively work in your community on a small level and benefit the bigger picture.
We can all work together to report species of significance and support environmental sustainability.
Monitoring of Threatened Species is crucial to their conservation. Greater knowledge will assist us to work out what areas need the most attention for habitat preservation or restoration.
You don’t need to be an expert, together with a keen eye (and ear) and the help of some fantastic new apps at your fingertips, you can contribute to the growth of knowledge and help to protect threatened species.
Remember to take care when trying to identify snakes and spiders, as we not only have some of the most beautiful, but also the most dangerous in our area.
Note: some apps will require you to have a smart phone and or a Facebook account.
You can also send through photographs, video, or audio to us of any threatened species that you think you've seen or heard and we'll make sure that it is verified by the right people and logged in the right places.
There are some fantastic books available for fast identification of birds. These include The Field Guide to Australian Birds, Australian Bird Guide and The Simpson and Day Field Guide to Australian Birds. Some are also available as apps for your phone or tablet.
Merlin Bird App- We love this one, a free app that assists you to identify species of birds based on location, call and photographs.
Michael Morecombe eGuide to Australian Birds- Regarded as one of the better ID books for birds of Australia, there is also now a fantastic app that allows fast and flexible identification of species. Available on: Apple and Android
Aussie Backyard Bird Count- by Birdlife Australia- Every year Birdlife Australia run the Backyard bird count to help gather data on distribution of bird species. The app also helps you to identify birds by the shape, size and colour. They have apps for both Android and Apple:
-Greater Sooty Owl (Tyto tenebricosa) Photo Credit: pixofnature.com
Australian Mammal Identification- This Facebook group is an excellent resource for identification of all our mammals, from the smallest native rodents up to our larger possums, gliders, and wallabies. Again, be sure to add a location with your picture for an accurate ID.
There is also a couple of free apps that can help identify our native mammals.
Australian Mammals app
NSW Field Guide:
-Squirrel Glider (Petaurus norfolcensis) Photo Credit: Pixofnature.com
Frog ID -A fantastic citizen science program that not only helps you detect frogs via their call and location, but you are also helping the team at Frog ID better understand the distribution of some of our threatened frogs.
-Ornate Burrowing Frog (Platyplectrum ornatum). Photo Credit: pixofnature.com
Fast Snake Identification (Australia Wide)- This group is fantastic for fast and accurate identification of snakes. Be sure to add a photo with location and time.
Australian Reptiles and Frogs App- a handy resource to have for identification of snakes, lizards, and frogs, with maps and photographs.
-Red-bellied Black Snake (Pseudechis porphyriacus). Photo Credit: pixofnature.com