Citizen Science projects
We are in the process of putting together citizen science projects around our five mascots. In the meantime you may be interested in some of the following projects happening in the catchment:
TurtleSAT is a new website where communities are mapping the location of freshwater turtles in waterways and wetlands across the country. Australia’s unique freshwater turtles are in crisis – their numbers are declining and your help is needed to record where you see turtles in your local area.
Sydney Olympic Eagle Cam
Established in 2009, EagleCAM is a live remote feed operating out of the BirdLife Discovery Centre in the Newington Armory at Sydney Olympic Park close to the Parramatta River. EagleCAM was started and funded by a small group of BirdLife Australia volunteers, who continue to develop and operate the technology that brings the Sea-Eagles to your screen.
If all goes well the single eaglet will fledge after 10 weeks. The camera is now in operation, so click here to catch a bird’s-eye view of our resident sea eagles and their eaglet and view their daily activities courtesy of tree-mounted cameras. (Image supplied by Birdlife Australia).
Feather Map of Australia
Wetlands are habitats that are critical for Australia’s waterbirds however they are under threat from reduced river flows and flooding, drought, climate change and land use changes.
Help turn the tide by simply collecting wetland bird feathers you find on the ground or in the water from inland wetlands across Australia.
Researchers from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and the University of New South Wales will analyse the feathers using nuclear techniques to track the movement of waterbirds, creating the first ever Feather Map of Australia. This information can be used by water and wetland managers to inform decision making, and help researchers better understanding waterbirds to ensure their survival.