October 7, 2016

The Murray & Mallee region has seen a flurry of citizen science activity. The wider community has been getting their hands dirty in science projects for the betterment of the local environment.

The Angas River Bioblitz saw twenty local citizen scientists team up with government scientists to survey the Angas catchment. The amount of water flow, vegetation and macroinvertebrates were surveyed, which will help inform future decisions on the management of the area.

FrogWatch SA croaked into action in the SA Murray-Darling Basin region. The new program hopes to track the changes in frog numbers over time. Participants can download a special FrogSpotter app to easily identify and upload any frogs they see. The response to FrogWatchSA has been phenomenal, with streams of data already hopping in.

A series of Citizen Science Change Exchanges were held across the region, from Renmark to Mt Barker. Change Exchanges are forums, supported by Inspiring South Australia, where attendees can hear direct from scientists about how they may get involved in citizen science projects. The events drew a lot of enthusiasm from the crowds and we hope to see many more citizen scientists in the future!

To keep up-to-date with more fantastic citizen science events in the Murray & Mallee region, subscribe to the Natural Resources SA Murray Darling Basin eNewsletter. And for events in the future, head to their eventbrite page.