Become a citizen scientist

Finding out where certain plants and animals are can be difficult and time consuming for scientists, especially if the species are rare or threatened. But with your help our scientists can be in more places at once.

Insights gained through the efforts of enthusiastic volunteer citizen scientists like you can help us in our conservation and recovery efforts for this region.

Our projects

FrogWatch SA

Help us build a state-wide picture of our frog species and what may be needed to help them.

It's easy. Just use the FrogWatch SA website and FrogSpotter mobile app to record frog calls and where they occurred, then send the information to experts for ID and inclusion in a national database; you can even become a frog expert with some simple online training!

There are 28 described species of frogs in South Australia and nine of those are rare, vulnerable or endangered. Your information will help scientists to better understand which species are common and which are rarely found, and where work needs to be done to improve conditions for frogs, such as water quality and habitat.

The FrogWatch SA website and FrogSpotter app have been developed with the support of Zoos SA, Beach Energy, the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board and the City of Onkaparinga.

Goanna Watch

Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges has partnered up with University of SA’s Discovery Circle and other natural resources regions in South Australia to find out more about Rosenberg’s Goanna, an endangered monitor lizard. These large, charismatic and superbly interesting creatures lay their eggs in termite mounds and help control feral rodents, however often less than six mainland sightings are reported each year!

As the weather warms up they become more active so we need you to be on the lookout. There are two other monitor lizards in the region (Lace Monitor and Gould’s Sand Goanna) that might have you stumped, but our information brochure can help you identify them.

Or head to the Adelaide Zoo or Cleland Wildlife Park to see them in the flesh!

Log your sightings and photos, even if you aren’t 100% sure, to the Goanna Watch project.

Highbury Aqueduct Reserve

This citizen science project allows you to contribute towards the ongoing care of natural environments by taking photographs from fixed photo-points (FlukerPosts).

These are robust location markers, with easy-to-follow instructions, asking passers-by to take photos with a camera or smartphone and submit them to researchers via email. The photos from each site are uploaded to a public webpage. Historical records are then created so that changes can be monitored over time, assisting researchers and land managers to understand and make decisions about management of these sites.

UniSA has installed a FlukerPost in the Highbury Aqueduct Reserve next to the trail between Fleshford Avenue and Nursery Way. It is orientated so people can take photographs of the drainage line and revegetation. 

Learn more about the project.

State-wide or national projects

More information

For more information or to report sightings of other species in this region, email DEWNRThreatenedWildlife@sa.gov.au.

More information

Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges