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Citizen Science Opportunities

Citizen Science Opportunities

Are you interested in contributing to science and discovery?

Are you interested in biodiversity and conservation?

If you answered yes to these questions, then this page is for you!

Southern Highlands Nature Map

The Southern Highlands Nature Map is an exciting new citizen science tool to help you discover what is around you and for you to contribute to biodiversity monitoring.

To get started:

  • Visit the SHNM web page and create a login
  • Download the free NatureMapr App onto your smart device
  • Download the Southern Highlands Nature Map (SHNM) Project from the app
  • Make sure your phone has Geographic Positioning System (GPS) switched on
  • Take one or several photos (<10MB is size limit for each photo) or record at least 20 seconds of sound
  • Upload your sightings and sound recordings to the SHNM using the app or when you get back to your computer
  • If you were in an area with a poor signal you may need to manually enter the GPS coordinates (use another location app such as Google maps)
  • Visit the SHNM web page to view your sightings and see the identification discussion from the moderators!

Record a sighting in the Southern Highlands Nature Map

If you have expertise in a particular location or taxonomic area and you would like to volunteer your time as a moderator please get in touch with the Environment Officer - Bushcare and Citizen Science at Council on 4868 0888.

Download the PDF below for more information about what is involved:

PDFNatureMapr Moderator Practice Notes (495KB)

Aussie Backyard Bird Count

The Aussie Backyard Bird Count is on again this year, 21-27 October 2019, to celebrate National Bird Week.  

We encourage you to download the free Bird Count app and count birds for only 20 minutes so we get a better understanding of the birds that like to live near us.

Council is partnering with Birds in Backyards, Birdlife Southern Highlands, and Greening Australia to make this count even bigger and better this year!

The count goes for one full week. 

To get involved:

  1. Download the free bird count app to your smart device
  2. Have a look through the field guide on the app before the count
  3. Each bird count only takes 20 minutes and is best to do early or late in the day
  4. Use the Aussie Bird Count app or the webform to record your count details
  5. Starting on the 21 Oct, do as many counts as you like
  6. Visit as many different locations as you like during the week
  7. Visit the Aussie Backyard Bird Count website to see the live results

Aussie Backyard Bird Count

Results from 2018 are available as a report below. 

The top ten birds in 2018 included the Crimson Rosella, Australian Magpie, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Noisy Miner, Australian King-Parrot, Galah, Common (Indian) Myna*, Pied Currawong, Australian Wood Duck and the Eastern Rosella.


Interestingly, the reporting rate for the Crimson Rosella, Australian Magpie, Australian King-Parrot and Pied Currawong was higher in Wingecarribee when compared with NSW and nationally. The reporting rate is the percentage of surveys where a species was recorded.

The number of introduced bird species recorded was highest in the more populated parts of the shire.

There are data limitations that you should be aware of and these are listed in the report.

PDF2018 Report for Wingecarribee Shire Council (PDF, 2.5MB)

Citizen Science Programs

The links below are for other citizen science programs that you may want to get involved in. 

linkFrogID Week 10-18 Nov 2019

linkAustralian Pollinator Week 10-17 Nov 2019

linkThe Barren Grounds - Budderoo Quollidor Project

Biodiversity Projects in the Southern Highlands

Join with us in looking out for and recording our iconic animals including the Koala, Platypus and Glossy-black Cockatoo. 

linkSouthern Highlands Koala Conservation Project 

linkSouthern Highlands Platypus Conservation Project

linkGlossies in the Mist 

National Web Sites

linkAtlas of Living Australia Citizen Science Central

linkAustralian Citizen Science Association

Last Updated: October 23rd, 2019
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