Last week’s Bush Technology field trip to Wonga Wetlands showed just how easy it is to get involved in citizen science.
Ranger Danny Jones led a practical session for 11 interested people from as far afield as Tumbarumba, photographing examples of native plants and animals and adding them to the Atlas of Living Australia – all just using their own smartphones.
Using freely available apps on your Smartphone you can identify plants and animals, find out all about their habits and habitat, and recording sightings of species wherever you are. The apps are improving all the time, simplifying both identification of species and adding them to the public record. Pulling out your phone and uploading sightings on the spot also means the exact location data will automatically be included.
Our next Bush Technology session is on Friday 16th Feb, 8am-10am (early, to beat the heat!) starting from the Eastern Hill Lookout, East Albury. You will need to download the OzAtlas App from Google Play and bring your phone along for a hands-on experience of Citizen Science.
This field day is part of a “Building an App Savvy Citizen Scientists Network” project gratefully funded by Murray Local Land Services.