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Published Friday 17 April 2020
Tags:Environment, Media Release

Calling Mitchell Shire’s backyard citizen scientists

A growing legion of citizen scientists is calling on residents across Mitchell Shire to join their mission to understand and improve the environment.

Citizen science is a great way to pass time while people are at home keeping physical distance. With a number of projects available, these programs are a great way to connect with nature and contribute to a broader understanding of our natural environment.

From monitoring climate change observations to registering sightings of frogs, fungi, butterflies or mammals there is something for everyone. One of the highlights for local citizen scientists in Mitchell Shire is the backyard bird counts

With any number of projects available at one time, people will be able to contribute to many experiments across the year.

Right now, local citizen scientists are tasked with going into their own backyards for the Autumn Bird Count.

In the October 2019 backyard bird count, 149 bird observers counted a total of 9952 birds in the Mitchell Shire – including the endangered freckled duck and swift parrot.  The most common species were the magpie, the sulphur crested cockatoo and the house sparrow.

You don’t need to be an experienced twitcher – just log onto Birdlife Australia and follow the links.

Residents in Mitchell Shire who have a keen interest to participate in citizen scientist projects can contact us on 03 5734 6200 or visit our backyard citizen science web page.

Quotes attributable to Mitchell Shire Mayor David Lowe

“Becoming a local citizen scientist is a great way for all the family to participate especially while so many of us are at home keeping physical distance,” he said.

“Being able to collaboratively work together to understand how many species of birds we have in our peri-urban region is fantastic. The Mitchell Shire Environment team works very hard to continue to work with our community to increase citizen scientist opportunities.”

This page was last updated on 21 May 2020.