Citizen Science is a research and monitoring program driven by volunteers to raise awareness about our environment and wildlife in Western Australia. These volunteers are often highly skilled individuals who share a common interest in science and conservation.
CCWA's Citizen Science Program is designed to build capacity at a community level and to fill some of the important gaps in knowledge left by our governments, industries and research institutions. Outcomes from this will include improved local environmental knowledge, community empowerment in decision-making processes and an increased engagement with the natural environment.
The focus of Citizen Science is to build an understanding of actual biological responses to environmental changes, through long-term monitoring programs that are often not undertaken by Governments or private sectors.
The Citizen Science Program is directed and coordinated by Dr Nic Dunlop. His ongoing South West Fairy Tern Project began in 2013, which focuses on the recovery and breeding behaviours of the migratory Sternula nereis nereis (Australian Fairy Tern). The Australian Fairy Terns were classified as threatened in 2011 under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, due to the heavy impact of human activities along the coast on their breeding grounds.
Our collaboration between scientists, graduates, students, and local community activists helps Citizen Science and CCWA achieve amazing things.