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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 in Development!

The Southern Highlands Nature Map is a new initiative brought to you by your Natural Resources Team at Council and the NatureMapr technology gurus from Canberra.

The SHNN is being developed and will be launched formally in Spring 2019. We need volunteer moderators that can help identify sightings of plants, animals, fungi, liverworts and mosses, and invertebrates. If you have a particular taxonomic skill and would like to volunteer your time, please get in touch with an Environment Officer at Council on 4868 0888. 

This will be a great tool to get out into nature and satisfy your curiosity about what you see and hear, and as more sightings are recorded, field guides will be available for special places such as your favourite bushland reserve or park.

Citizen Science 

The links below are for citizen science programs that you may want to get involved in. Council supports and promotes the Aussie Backyard Bird Count every year, to get a snapshot of birds that live near us, so we encourage you to get out and count birds in the third week of October.

linkFrogID Week 10-18 Nov 2019 (external link)

linkAustralian Pollinator Week 10-17 Nov 2019 (external link)

linkThe Barren Grounds - Budderoo Quollidor Project (external link)

linkAussie Backyard Bird Count 20-28 Oct 2019 (external link)

Aussie Backyard Bird Count

Results are in for the 2018 Aussie Backyard Bird Count! For the full report, see the attachment below. 

In summary, the number of participants and the number of submitted checklists have increased over the past three years. The top ten counted birds in 2018 included the Crimson Rosella, Australian Magpie, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Noisy Miner, Australian King-Parrot, Galah, Common Myna*, Pied Currawong, Australian Wood Duck and the Eastern Rosella.

Twenty eight bird species were least recorded, with only one observation of each during the count and seven of those are listed as vulnerable in NSW. 


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.

Like all citizen science projects, 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)

Existing 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. See the links below, which will also include links to our survey apps that you can download onto your smart device and start recording your findings!

linkSouthern Highlands Koala Conservation Project (internal link)

linkSouthern Highlands Platypus Conservation Project (internal link)

linkGlossies in the Mist (internal link)

External Links 

linkAtlas of Living Australia Citizen Science Central (external link)

linkAustralian Citizen Science Association (external link)

Last Updated: May 31st, 2019
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