Warringah Council is excited to be running our first ever Citizen Science program, called Nature Watch Week.
Nature Watch Week
Become a scientist for a week! Help record local wildlife and go in the draw to win prizes up to the value of $200.
During Nature Watch Week the Warringah community are being asked to conduct a survey in their favourite place outdoors, record their findings and photos here for their chance to win. Why not share your amazing find on social media #spottedinwarringah too.
Prizes include an iTunes voucher, gardening for wildlife book, and a GoPro camera.
Every participant’s data will be represented live on the website and the information will be used to better understand and plan environmental programs.
To help locals spot animals there will be a Bird Survey Training Workshop on Saturday 27 February. For more information or to make a booking, visit our What's On page.
There are many other wonderful programs that you can participate in throughout the year as a Citizen Scientist. Check out a few of them below:
Aussie Backyard Bird Count (October)
The Aussie Backyard Bird Count (ABBC) is organised by BirdLife Australia and occurs in October every year. Anyone can download and use the ABBC app to identify birds and submit a checklist of birds sighted over a 20 minute period. Your efforts will help to better understand the distribution of bird species in the urban environment and how different species are doing across the country.
This year the ABBC was held from 19-25 October 2015. The results from this years survey are due out soon.
The next ABBC will be held from 17 – 23 October 2016, but don’t let that stop you from downloading the app and using the field guide to identify your local birds all year round! You can sign up to participate in the 2016 survey on the website now.
The Backyard Buddies program is run by the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife. Visit the website to see how you can get involved all year round. You can submit information on sightings of animals in your local area, upload a photo of your backyard buddies and access a map of what wildlife has been spotted in your local area. The site also has a range of great resources to make your backyard friendlier to native animals.
Climate watch is a national program seeking to better understand how climate change is affecting our plants and animals. Register online, select a species you would like the watch, download the app and start observing your species. Your observations will help better understand climate change impacts.
Feral scan is a national Citizen Science project where you can help us scientists to better understand and control feral species. All you need to do is register on the website, download the app and report sightings of problem species including rabbits, feral cats and Indian myna birds.
Wild about Whales
If you want to help scientists understand more about whale migration you can download and use the Wild About Whales app to record sightings of whale species migrating up and down the coastline. The app allows you to view the latest whale sightings and record your own sightings on your phone.
Join the farewell shorebirds program in April each year and raise awareness of the migratory shorebirds that leave Australia to make their long journey back to the Arctic. Find out how you can participate on the website.
Swift Parrot and Regent Honeyeater Survey
You can play a role in providing conservationists with crucial information regarding the distribution and number of two endangered woodland bird species the Swift Parrot and Regent Honeyeater. Surveys are carried out across the country in May and August each year. More information and survey sheets can be downloaded from the birdlife website.