Wednesday 26th June 3:30pm - 8:00pm
Council Meeting 26 June
Saturday 6th July 10:30am - 12:00pm
Finding Food in the Forest Hosted by NPWS Discovery Rangers
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!
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.
FrogID Week 10-18 Nov 2019 (external link)
Australian Pollinator Week 10-17 Nov 2019 (external link)
The Barren Grounds - Budderoo Quollidor Project (external link)
Aussie Backyard Bird Count 20-28 Oct 2019 (external link)
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.
2018 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!
Southern Highlands Koala Conservation Project (internal link)
Southern Highlands Platypus Conservation Project (internal link)
Glossies in the Mist (internal link)
Atlas of Living Australia Citizen Science Central (external link)
Australian Citizen Science Association (external link)