Citizen science

Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula supports citizen science as an innovative and exciting way of engaging the community, while increasing our knowledge of Eyre Peninsula’s natural environments.

The Citizen Science Strategy for Eyre Peninsula (1.2 MB) supports a number of projects that you can get involved in right now. Check them out below.

EP Malleefowl

Report your malleefowl sightings today by emailing the location, time, date, photo (if you have it) as well as your contact details to DEW.NREPAdmin@sa.gov.au

Malleefowl are listed as threatened in all states in which they occur. Their numbers are also declining on Eyre Peninsula.

Excitingly this year (2018) park visitors and rangers been seeing quite a number of malleefowl in Lincoln National Park, which has prompted National Parks SA and the Friends of Southern Eyre Peninsula Parks to warn drivers to be careful on the roads in the park (link to twitter announcement).

Also University of AdelaideResearcher Peri Stenhouse has currently conducting extensive field work and research on malleefowl across EP. Contact Peri directly - contact details lhere.

The drivers of malleefowl decline are pressures such as habitat loss, predation and bush fires. Climate change is expected to increase these pressures. We are conducting this study to understand how a drying climate may impact malleefowl by studying their ability to move and disperse within and between habitat patches. We will also study methods for improving resilience such as reducing competition with herbivores and identifying the appropriate size of habitat corridors or patches.  

A partnership project between community citizen scientists, Middleback Alliance, The University of Adelaide and Natural Resources EP.

EP Koalas

Record your Eyre Peninsula koala sightings at www.epkoalas.com.au

As we move through Spring into Summer 2018 koalas can be seen with their young joeys and visitors and EP locals alike can help Natural Resources EP answer a mystery - Are koalas breeding outside of Mikkira station? Have you seen a koala with a joey outside of Mikkira station on Eyre Peninsula? If so we would love to know about it!

Did you know that Eyre Peninsula’s koala population started from just six individuals that were introduced to a fenced enclosure in the native bushland of Mikkira Station (south of Port Lincoln) in 1969 (Brandle, 2010)?

How many do we have now? Where are they found? These are just some of the questions we’re hoping to answer through the new EP Koalas project.

Download your copy of the EP koala's fact sheet here.  

Echinda CSI

Echidna spotters are encouraged to report Eyre Peninsula echinda sightings and observation to University of Adelaide's Echinda CSI citizen science project (link here).

The project is aiming to establish a better baseline understanding of - Where echindas are? What they are doing? And check if they are healthy - so we can collectively work towards their conservation. How can you help? By taking photos and collecting scats (i.e. poo) and sending in your findings.

If you are a local Eyre Peninsula resident and would like to connect with a fellow local citizen scientist who is passionate echinda conservation, then please feel welcome to give Geoff a call on 8684 2120. Geoff has been on interviewed by local media to raise community awareness about echindas. Have a look a some of his work here on shared by ABC Eyre Peninsula on their Facebook page.

EP King Tides

Wherever you are across Eyre Peninsula record your king tide observations today at www.kingtides.com.au

Eyre Peninsula is surrounded by some of the most picturesque coastlines in the country, all of which are affected by varying degrees of tidal movement. King tides are a term used to describe an especially high tide event occurring when there is an alignment of the gravitational pull between sun and moon. When king tides occur during storms, water levels can rise to higher levels and have the potential to cause great damage to property and the coastline.The EP King Tides project allows you to record photos of king tide events on Eyre Peninsula.

Helpful links: SA regional tide times here | Photo gallery here

EP Goannas

We have two species of goannas on southern Eyre Peninsula. Rosenberg's goannas (Varanus rosenbergii), also known as the Heath goanna, are endangered in our region. Gould's goanna (Varanus gouldii) is also widespread across central and northern Eyre Peninsula.

You can get involved in tracking our goannas by reporting your goannas sightings at www.epgoannas.com.au

Check out the online image gallery and wild antics of local goannas reported to-date.

Find out more about our goannas by downloading this fact sheet.

Northern Eyre Peninsula has a much richer diversity of goanna species and we invite people to report them into the state-wide Discovery Circle Goanna Watch database.

Please email us or give us a call 8688 3111 and ask to join the short list for the next course on Eyre Peninsula.

EP Koalas

Did you know that Eyre Peninsula’s koala population started from just six individuals that were introduced to a fenced enclosure in the native bushland of Mikkira Station (south of Port Lincoln) in 1969 (Brandle, 2010)?

How many do we have now? Where are they found?

These are just some of the questions we’re hoping to answer through the new EP Koalas project.

Record your koala sightings at www.epkoalas.com.au

EP Birds

Eyre Peninsula is home to a growing network of skilled bird observers. Landscape Biologist Dr. Greg Kerr has held eleven ten-week bird identification training courses across Eyre Peninsula that have resulted in over 200 trained community members.

This has led to nearly 10,000 sightings through the EP Birds data portal.

Videos of the ten-week training course can be accessed here.

We are always interested to hear from new people, regardless of if you are a seasoned birder or beginner, a young person or an entire community group.

We also have volunteering opportunities focused around long-team monitoring of shorebird, specifically Hooded plovers breeding success and migratory shorebirds counts. More information here.

FrogWatch

FrogWatch SA is your chance to help us understand how our frogs are tracking in South Australia.

There are seven species of frogs on Eyre Peninsula (plus the introduced spotted thighed frog), and the FrogWatch project will help us better understand the health of our wetland environments.

Best of all, you don’t have to be an expert to take part!

Simply download the app at www.frogwatchsa.com.au and head to your local creek or wetland and record local frog calls.

Funding partners

These projects is supported by the Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management Board, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

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