ClimateWatch

An initiative of Earthwatch Institute

Volunteers clock up 100 observations over the summer break

While most of us were putting our feet up and relaxing over the break, over 60 volunteers joined in a series of guided ClimateWatch walks around Sydney, to observe and record ClimateWatch species.

The volunteers from Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) spotted and recorded a total of eleven ClimateWatch species. Team Leader for CVA, Michael Australian Magpie by Rachel MaitlandEllison said “Typically we would encounter 3-4 species on any given walk with the Australian Magpie, Ribwort Plantain and Cabbage White Butterfly easily the most regular species.”

Other species observed included the NSW Christmas Bush, Common Blackbird, Australian Water Dragon, and the Blue Bottle.

In total, these observations resulted in over 100 records being submitted into the ClimateWatch database. These observations came from nine sites including Long Reef, Botany Bay, Windsor Downs and Centennial Park, all found within the Sydney metro region.

Rachel Maitland, coordinator of ClimateWatch activities in the Sydney region, said “walks like these with CVA are a great way to introduce people to ClimateWatch. Not only do they show how easy it is to observe and record on the species, helping provide scientists with valuable data, they are also a fun, social activity to do with family and friends.”

These observations are helping guide the development of ClimateWatch trails, like the one established Cabbage White Butterfly by Geoff Walkerat Piney Lakes Reserve in Perth, Western Australia. If you know of a bushland or reserve that would be a great location for a ClimateWatch trail please contact us with your suggestions.

So why not get a group of friends together and take a walk in a local park or bushland to see if you can spot any ClimateWatch species. By observing nature and entering your observation online, you’ll be helping scientists better understand how our plants and animals are responding to the changing climate.