We’re excited to launch our new citizen science monitoring program, Dusk Watch!
Dusk Watch is designed to be flexible to fit in with people’s busy schedules and doesn’t require too much training or experience to take part. Even kids can take part!
The objective of Dusk Watch is to establish a long-term monitoring program used to identify population and environmental changes over the long term. It's a collective effort and the more people that take part, the more we'll be likely to identify trends over the long term.
When: An hour from sunset anytime from September to November (inclusive), as many times as you like!
Spring is the most active times of year for most of our wildlife, and dusk is one of the most active times of days, thus carrying out the survey during this time should be when wildlife is most active and also most diverse.
Where: A WA location of your choice! You can go for an evening stroll at your local park or nature reserve or take part whilst sitting around the campfire. You can even take part in your own backyard – if you do this, we recommend also visiting a local park, so you can compare what you see and hear.
How: There are two ways you can complete your Dusk Watch surveys.
Dusk Watch Resources
Dusk Watch survey form (for printing)
P.S. We’d also love to hear about any other species you see or hear during your survey too, so please add these to your survey form or let us know via the iNaturalist app.
And if you see no wildlife, that’s still important data and we'd love to hear about it! Please let us know but emailing duskw[email protected] with your location and date of the Dusk Watch.
Who can take part? No matter your age or experience, anyone can take part. No special experience or equipment is required. We only just carrying out your dusk watch in at least pairs and for children to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please also take care if walking around in the evening, watching for trips and also taking care of wildlife that might be underfoot.
2023 is the first and one of the pilot years for Dusk Watch - please share any feedback you have to improve this program in future years.