ClimateWatch

An initiative of Earthwatch Institute

What ClimateWatchers are recording

The top 10 species!

 

Monday 24 May 2010

There has been a very encouraging response to ClimateWatch with nearly 2,000 records being submitted into the database already! Here's a list of the most popular species being recorded:

Species

# of records

% of all observations

Australian Magpie

313

16.6%

Magpie-lark

268

14.2%

Grey Fantail

185

9.8%

Common Starling

149

7.9%

Common Blackbird

113

6.0%

Fan-tailed Cuckoo

82

4.4%

Cabbage White Butterfly

76

4%

Willie Wagtail

72

3.8%

Yellow-faced Honeyeater

68

3.6%

Crested Pigeon

54

2.8%

While most of the top 10 species are birds, the next 10 most popular species include other species as well: Masked Lapwing, Eastern Spinebill, Honey Bee, Welcome Swallow, Southern Brown Tree Frog, Eastern Yellow Robin, Common Brown Butterfly, Striped Marsh Frog, Garden Orb Spider and Southern Bullfrog.

We've also compiled a list of the most common types of behaviours being recorded. They are:

Behaviour

# of records

% of all observations

Feeding

868

46%

Calling

426

23%

Other

386

20%

Plant behaviour

92

5%

Feeding young

46

2%

Bird On Chicks

19

1%

Thank you to all the ClimateWatchers currently submitting data and we encourage you to continue making observations and recording your data online. It's important to remember when recording your observations to not only record the first time you saw a plant or animal, but every day you see it or observe it doing a certain behaviour (for example calling). This allows scientists to not only know when the species first appeared or started doing something, but also when it disappeared or stopped doing that behaviour!

Make you data count! If you're not already registered as a ClimateWatcher and want to do something more about climate change, register now and help unlock nature's secrets!