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 Goannas

Record your Eyre Peninsula goanna sightings at www.epgoannas.com.au

Two species of goannas are found 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) looks quite similar but are also widespread across central and northern Eyre Peninsula.

Citizen scientists have been helping us track the spread of these two species across southern Eyre Peninsula. Since 2015 we have received over 1100 sightings, many of which can be viewed in our online image gallery.

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

You can also find out more about our goannas by downloading this fact sheet.

PixStix

Pix Stix is a citizen science project monitoring long-term changes in the environment. You can get involved by texting us a photo from one of the many Pix Stix sites across Eyre Peninsula. Your image will then be added to our online gallery for everyone to see!

Find your closest PixStix post at www.pixstix.com.au

EP Malleefowl

Record your Eyre Peninsula malleefowl sightings at www.epmalleefowl.com.au

Malleefowl are listed as threatened in all states in which they are found. Their numbers are also declining on Eyre Peninsula. This may be caused by habitat loss, predation, bush fires and climate change.

Malleefowl breeding activity is monitored annually at a number of sites across Eyre Peninsula, including Hincks, Pinkawillinie and Munyaroo Conservation Parks.

However, there have been a number of sightings outside of these survey areas, including Lincoln National Park and Venus Bay Conservation Park.

By entering your sighting at www.epmalleefowl.com.au you will help us understand where malleefowl are found across Eyre Peninsula.

EP Birds

Eyre Peninsula is home to a growing network of skilled bird observers. Ten-week bird identification training courses have been held across Eyre Peninsula, resulting in over 200 trained community members.This has led to over 13,000 sightings EP Birds Online Portal.

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 shorebirds, including Hooded plovers and other migratory shorebirds counts. More information can be found here.

  • Test your bird identification skills with nine of our quick quizzes

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

EP Koalas

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

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)?

Mikkira Station is now a popular place for visitors and locals alike to view koalas in their natural habitat.

How far the population has spread outside of this area remains unknown.

A new EP Koala project is looking to answer questions around how many koalas we now have on EP and where they are found.

By entering your sighting at www.epkoalas.com.au you will help us understand where koalas are found across lower Eyre Peninsula.

EP Echidnas

Record your Eyre Peninsula echidna sightings at www.epechidnas.com.au

Echidnas are key cultivators who enhance soil aeration, moisture penetration, nutrient mixing seed dispersal and spread of mycorrhizae.

However, their whereabouts on Eyre Peninsula are somewhat of a mystery.

By entering your sighting at www.epechidnas.com.au you will help us understand where echidnas are found across the region.

EP King Tides

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

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 highest tides for EP in 2019 are predicted to occur on 21 May, 5 June, 19 June, 3 July and 1 August. You can find out more information on local tide times here.

By entering your observations at www.kingtides.com.au you will help us understand the impact of these events across Eyre Peninsula.

You can also click here to view our photo gallery of historic king tide events on EP.

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.

Whales

The SA Whale Centre features a Live Sightings Log of whale sightings across South Australia.

To ensure the most accurate information is made available, sightings are added to the log only once confirmed by a trained spotter.

Report your whale sightings here.

Mindful of the whale watching guidelines, including important legal information about distances between marine mammals and boats/drones/jet skis etc. 

For recent unconfirmed sightings, or if you would like free training to become a whale spotter, please contact them on (08) 8551 0750 or email whalecentre@victor.sa.gov.au

 

Funding partners

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

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