Citizen Science

Citizen Science is becoming increasingly valuable in supporting the worldwide effort to save our environment.

Citizen Science is a broad term covering activities by nonprofessional people that assist in the accumulation, analysis and application of scientific knowledge – anyone can participate in Citizen Science activities. Record observations of bird species in your backyard or Coastal Emus while driving around the Clarence Valley, or link up with Citizen Science organisations to get involved in group field events.

To assist you in getting started many organisations have websites and apps that provide guidance, resources and training for Citizen Science activities where your efforts will contribute to both increasing scientific knowledge and achieving more favourable environmental outcomes. 

You can also contact us at the Clarence Environment Centre for assistance with your citizen science idea or project.

This page provides links to organisations and apps that are collecting conservation data from the community in the Clarence Valley.

Following are a number of organisations and applications that provide opportunities to support and collaborate with scientists in the fields of environment and conservation.  Note that this is by no means a comprehensive list, as this field is constantly evolving with new ways to get involved. 

Please come back from time to time to see updates.

National Citizen Science Projects…

Australian Citizen Science Association ACSA

A great place to start is to join the ACSA. The vision of the ACSA is to create a community that supports, develops and informs citizen science. The ACSA provides access to resources and training to support citizen science activities from the individual level right through to large scale field events.

Feral Scan

Record the activity of pest animals in your local area to protect biodiversity. This organisation provides a community mapping program, via web or app, to support pest animal planning, monitoring and evaluation.

Frogs

Frogs are under threat from habitat loss, disease and climate change. Taking part in FrogID will help provide scientists with valuable data for the protection and conservation of frogs.

iNaturalist

With iNaturalist, you can record your observations of the natural world, share with fellow Citizen Scientists, and discuss your findings. Your information is shared with scientific data repositories like the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, to help scientists find and use your data.

Plantnet

Plantnet is a citizen science project available as an app that helps you identify plants thanks to your pictures.

Saving our Species

This program is the NSW State Governments flagship threatened species conservation program. Provides options to report sightings of threatened animals and plants in NSW.

Clarence Valley Citizen Science Projects…

Coastal Emus

Register sightings of our rare Coastal Emus via Clarence Valley Councils web page.

Koalas

Koalas are now listed as endangered in NSW. To assist in the recovery of the species, get the I SPY KOALA app via

You can also register sightings of Koalas on the Councils website.

Citizen Science Tools…

Avenza Maps 

Avenza Maps is an offline, GPS location and a digital map store on your mobile phone or tablet. This app uses your devices’ in-built GPS to locate you and record your location on the screen map. Safely navigate from place to place, mark points of interest and even attach photos with a GPS record of where they were taken. The app is free to use at a basic level but some maps you may need to purchase.

Forest Transects

A Forest Transect is an ecological monitoring tool used to assess key qualities and values of a section of forest, such as trees, wildlife, understory and soil. Sampling via transects across a forest stand ensures that a representative assessment of the landscape can be undertaken.

Google Earth Pro

Overlay maps and data onto Google Earth to assess land use activities and future plans.