Citizen Science


Our collaboration between experienced scientists, young graduates, conservation biology & environmental science students and local community activists has achieved amazing things.

In just a few short years our intrepid bush-boffins have:

  • developed a Fairy Tern Conservation Guide and regional conservation strategies for the South West 
  • discovered how fugitive lead in Esperance is transferred through the environment
  • discovered how seabirds and bat communities are responding to climate change
  • discovered the presence of selenium contamination in the Albany waterways
  • discovered methyl-mercury contamination in Cockburn Sound
  • discovered the extent to which road transport is spreading GM canola across our south-west.
  • collected vital information on the ecological outcomes of feral predator eradication on islands
  • collected vital information on ecosystem development in re-vegetated farmland in the Gondwana Link and on the fauna of Bush Heritage Reserves.
  • developed and road-tested a fauna sampling training program to build community monitoring capacity in natural resource management
  • assisted in the development of a management plan for an Indigenous Protected Area. 

On the drawing board are more projects with Aboriginal groups and threatened species. 

For more information, contact Dr Nic Dunlop on 08 9420 7266 or email




5-7 Aug


Bird Monitoring

21-25 Sep

Charles Darwin Reserve

Bird monitoring, Refugia Project, Blues for the Bush

27-30 Sep

Rat Island

Rat Island Recovery, Storm-petrel banding

13-15 Oct

Lancelin Island

Brown Noddy banding, microplastics sampling




24-30 Oct

Charles Darwin Reserve

Durack Fauna Sampling Course, Observatory Sampling

5-6 Nov

Lancelin Island

Brown Noddy banding, microplastics sampling

22-25 Nov

Rat Island

Durack - Seabird Ecology expedition

6-10 Dec

Charles Darwin Reserve

Bird, bat and ant monitoring.

16-19 Dec

Chingarrup - Nowenup

Bird banding

13-15 Jan


Bandicoot Monitoring, bird-banding

24-28 Jan

Breaksea Island

Shearwater banding, microplastics sampling

13-16 Mar


Bird-Banding, Festival of Birds

29 Mar-1 Apr

Rat Island

Fairy Tern banding






Citizen Science Resources

Citizen Science Handbook (pdf)

Fauna Sampling Manual (pdf)

The Fairy Tern Conservation Guide is available on the Fairy Tern project page.