Citizen Science Reports
Western Sydney University and the University of New England have set up a Citizen Science Project called the Dead Tree Detective.
The aim of the project is to collect observations of dead or dying trees around Australia. It sounds a bit grim, but knowing where and when trees have died will help us to work out what the cause is, identify trees that are vulnerable, and take steps to protect them.
This project will allow people Australia-wide to report observations of tree death. In the past, there have been many occurrences of large-scale tree death that were initially identified by concerned members of the public such as farmers, bushwalkers, bird watchers and landholders. Collecting these observations is an important way to monitor the health of trees and ecosystems.
The Australian Citizen Science Project Finder has been designed to help people learn about citizen science projects and provide opportunities to volunteer or become otherwise involved.
The Hut Environmental and Community Association held a forum on Saturday, 11 August 2018 at Pullenvale.
The keynote address was by Prof Ian Lowe, member of The Royal Society of Queensland on “The role of citizen science in modern Australia“.
The Rainbow Beach based BioBlitz lured 15 experienced scientists and about 80 keen volunteers to scan the sky and treetops, shake branches and grasses over 24-26 August 2018 then again on 17-19 May 2019 to search for unknown species of plants, animals, birds and fish. But the issue that has grabbed national and international media attention has been the discovery of a variety of miniscule invertebrates from moths to spiders.
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Update June 2019
Subsequent processing of the records from the BioBlitz reveal 25 new, undescribed species with a likely additional 11 awaiting confirmation.
Two of these were already found in Cooloola on the previous BioBlitz making 34 new species for this survey, totalling 71 new species in the past two surveys.
A surprisingly small overlap with August 2018 meant the running total is extraordinarily high for a survey of this type. This due to the special habitats surveyed on this occasion (bymien, old growth rainforest; and fens, stable mature freshwater wetland).
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The Royal Society of Queensland