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Our natural environment needs your eyes and ears!
Few studies tell us how Australia’s plants and animals are responding to climate change in our local parks. As part of a unique ClimateWatch in Parks citizen science initiative, Earthwatch Australia have worked together with Parks Victoria to create the first alpine ClimateWatch trail at Lake Catani, Mt Buffalo. The area is near a campground set amongst snow gum woodlands along the banks of the beautiful lake.
This ClimateWatch Trail connects the alpine environment around Lake Catani to a nation-wide scientific study that will take teaching outdoors and collect data that will build our understanding of climate change impacts.
Contribute to citizen science while experiencing a wildlife oasis in the Western Volcanic Plain, home to a wide variety of native birds and mammals. The ClimateWatch app can be used to submit sightings of ClimateWatch species anywhere in Australia, however ClimateWatch trails help obtain repeated observations, encouraging visitors and the local community to enjoy nature while contributing to science.
Visit here to check changes of conditions and obtain Park information. Wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen and have some water with you. The Lake Catani Trail can be explored for short or long walks, it's up to you.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a group visiting the trail and would like to seek support from a local ranger.
School groups: As part of the Department of Education and Training's School Policy for Excursions and Activities, schools must notify the park prior to any visit. For information on how to plan for a field trip and notify the park, please visit the Parks Victoria Teacher Portal here.
Why get involved?
- Learn how climate change is affecting our wildlife.
- Become an observer and help monitor changes in the environment.
- Use the ClimateWatch app, field guide and recording sheet to observe species that are indicators of climate change and record your observations.
- Make a difference in your local community.
How to get involved?
Download the Lake Catani ClimateWatch species field guide and ClimateWatch smartphone app (or recording sheet) to mark your observations. If using recording sheets, remember to enter all your observations into the ClimateWatch website when you get back to a computer.
This is a public ClimateWatch trail. If your school is interested in visiting the site through Parks Victoria, please notify the park prior to your visit through the Parks Victoria teacher portal here.