ClimateWatch

An initiative of Earthwatch Institute

Bush Rangers WA Cadets explore the Marlee Reserve Trail

Bush Rangers WA Cadets from Mandurah Senior College visited the new ClimateWatch trail at Marlee Reserve recently to learn about climate change.


Rebecca Oborn (City of Mandurah), Tiff Mclean (Mandurah Senior College),
Rich Weatherill (Earthwatch), Eryn Jackson (City of Mandurah) and Amber Kennedy
(Conservation Volunteers). Photo courtesy of Mandurah Mail.

Tiffany Mclean, Mandurah Senior College Community Volunteer Coordinator said "The students realised it isn't just about recognising the problem of climate change. They needed to help in a practical sense, by learning about the causes and effects of climate change and putting this knowledge into practice to help devise a solution."

"By visiting Marlee reserve, the students became citizen scientists; they were able to monitor indicator species at the reserve and upload their data to ClimateWatch. Through this simple practical activity the students were able to contribute to research which hopefully will help to minimise this global problem."

Marlee Reserve ClimateWatch trail was developed with the City of Mandurah to involve local conservation groups, schools and anyone from the area in monitoring the impacts of climate change.

The event with Mandurah Senior College students also marks the start of a new delivery partnership with Conservation Volunteers where participants will mix fieldwork with ClimateWatch data collection.

 

Conservation Volunteers offers a variety of programs, including the endorsed program; ‘Rio Tinto Earth Assist’ which connects secondary students to their local environment. Mandurah Secondary College has been a regular participant in the ‘Earth Assist’ program for the past couple years. “This year we are also partnering ClimateWatch and it’s great to see the local school participate in this new program which involves a number of community groups”, said State Manager, Aaron Jaggar

 

Rio Tinto sponsors both ClimateWatch and Rio Tinto Earth Assist. Community Investment Manager Trisha Comerford said “We’re proud to see two of our Rio Tinto partners working together to establish a fantastic environmental project in the Mandurah region”. 

 

How to get involved

You can visit the Marlee Reserve by downloading a field guide and recording sheet here.