Citizen science involves public participation and collaboration in scientific research with the aim to increase scientific knowledge and community engagement. It’s a great way to harness community knowledge, skills and passion to increase our capacity to answer questions about the SA Murray-Darling Basin region, and how to best to manage our precious natural resources.The SA Murray-Darling Basin citizen science program is exciting, varied and constantly evolving, covering wetlands, surface water quality, groundwater, aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity, and land condition.
We monitor to:
- involve the community in management decisions
- support sustainable agriculture
- support rehabilitation projects
- contribute to research projects
- influence natural resource management
- build local knowledge, engage and educate.
Our Citizen Science Projects
Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin runs a variety of projects that contribute important data to the region and allow participants to share their local knowledge and showcase their contribution to natural resource management. Some of our current programs are:
We have on-line databases for these projects that provide a safe repository for community-collected data and are readily accessible to the general public.
Other Citizen Science Programs
A wealth of citizen science programs are run by our partners and are available for you to get involved in, whatever your interests!
Birds in Backyards
Wild Pollinator Count
Support for community monitoring
Citizen Science support is provided by Natural Resources SAMDB through workshops and training. Checklists and fact sheets are also available to further educate and assist people involved in monitoring activities.
Natural Resources SAMDB has developed a community monitoring toolkit to guide people interested in participating in monitoring. The toolkit includes extensive information on developing a monitoring plan and different options for contributing data to web-based collections.
Community members can access a variety of periodic training and annual up-skilling opportunities. The types of workshops available are determined by community interests and needs and project requirements.
To register your interest in attending training workshops, contact the Natural Resources SAMDB Citizen Science Project Officer.