Citizen science

The Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board supports citizen science as an innovative and exciting way of engaging the community, while increasing our knowledge of Eyre Peninsula’s natural environments.

The Citizen Science Strategy for Eyre Peninsula (1.2 MB) supports a number of projects that you can get involved in right now. Check them out below.

EP Goannas

Record your Eyre Peninsula goanna sightings at www.epgoannas.com.au

Two species of goanna are found on southern Eyre Peninsula. Rosenberg's goanna (Varanus rosenbergii), also known as the Heath goanna, is endangered in our region. Gould's goanna (Varanus gouldii) looks quite similar and is widespread across central and northern Eyre Peninsula.

Citizen scientists have been helping us track the spread of these two species across southern Eyre Peninsula. Since 2012 we have received nearly 1,300 sightings, many of which can be viewed in our online image gallery.

You can get involved in tracking our goannas by reporting your goanna sightings at www.epgoannas.com.au

You can also find out more about our goannas by downloading this fact sheet.

EP Malleefowl

Record your Eyre Peninsula malleefowl sightings at www.epmalleefowl.com.au

Malleefowl are listed as threatened in all Australian states in which they are found. Their numbers are also declining on Eyre Peninsula. This may be caused by habitat loss, predation, bush fires and climate change. Find out more about malleefowl here.

Malleefowl breeding activity is monitored annually at a number of sites across Eyre Peninsula including Hincks, Pinkawillinie and Munyaroo Conservation Parks, as well as on some private land sites.

However, there have been a number of sightings outside of these survey areas, including at Lincoln National Park and Venus Bay Conservation Park.

By entering your sighting at www.epmalleefowl.com.au you will help us understand where malleefowl are found across Eyre Peninsula.

EP Koalas

Record your Eyre Peninsula koala sightings at www.epkoalas.com.au

Did you know that Eyre Peninsula’s koala population started from just six individuals that were introduced to a fenced enclosure in the native bushland of Mikkira Station, south of Port Lincoln, in 1969?

Mikkira Station is now a popular place for visitors and locals alike to view koalas in the wild.

Individual koalas have been seen as far north as Coffin Bay, Coulta and Charlton Gully.

An EP Koala project is looking to answer questions around how many koalas we now have on EP and where they are found.

By entering your sighting at www.epkoalas.com.au you will help us understand where koalas are found across lower Eyre Peninsula.

EP Echidnas

Record your Eyre Peninsula echidna sightings at www.epechidnas.com.au

Echidnas are key cultivators who enhance soil aeration, moisture penetration, nutrient mixing seed dispersal and spread of mycorrhizae. More information about echidnas can be found here.

However, their whereabouts on Eyre Peninsula is somewhat of a mystery.

By entering your sighting at www.epechidnas.com.au you will help us understand where echidnas are found across the region.

EP Iconic Birds

For the novice or skilled twitcher.

Record your Eyre Peninsula iconic bird sightings at www.epiconicbirds.com.au

Eyre Peninsula has many amazing but often secretive birds. Both the community and Landscape Board staff have a real interest in understanding how the populations of our birds are going. This is especially true for what we have called ‘iconic’ species like the Australian Bustard and Osprey.

These iconic birds - which may be declining or endangered - have very distinctive features, making it easy for correct bird identification by both novices and seasoned bird watchers. This provides a wonderful opportunity for citizen scientists to contribute to the conservation of these iconic birds.

We would love to hear about your sightings of any of these iconic birds:

Simply go to www.epiconicbirds.com.au and follow the instructions.

By entering your sighting you will help us understand where these birds are and what they are doing. Over time this will build a larger dataset that will help the community see how these populations are doing. Conservation action can then be undertaken if needed. Your contribution to our knowledge and understanding of these species is highly valued.

EP Birds

For the skilled twitcher. 

Eyre Peninsula is home to a growing network of skilled bird observers. Ten-week bird identification training courses have been held across Eyre Peninsula, resulting in over 200 trained community members.This has led to more than 13,500 sightings recorded on the EP Birds Online Portal.

We are always interested to hear from new people - whether you are a seasoned birder or beginner, a young person or a community group. We also have volunteering opportunities focused around long-team monitoring of shorebirds. For more information, see our Volunteering section.

•Test your bird identification skills with nine of our quick quizzes

•View videos of the ten-week bird identification training course on our YouTube Channel.

PixStix

For anyone with a smart phone! 

PixStix is a citizen science project monitoring long-term changes in the environment. You can get involved by texting us a photo from one of the many PixStix sites across Eyre Peninsula. Your image will then be added to our online gallery for everyone to see.

Find your closest PixStix post at www.pixstix.com.au

EP King Tides

Wherever you are across Eyre Peninsula, record your king tide observations at www.kingtides.com.au

King tides are a term used to describe an especially high tide event occurring when there is an alignment of the gravitational pull between sun and moon.

When king tides occur during storms, water levels can rise to higher levels and have the potential to cause great damage to property and the coastline.

The next highest tides for EP are predicted to occur in 2021 on 30 April, 14 May, 28 May, 12 June, 25 June, 11 July and 23 July. Very high tides will also occur on the day just before and after these dates.

You can find out more information on local tide times at Marine Science Australia.

By entering your observations at www.kingtides.com.au you will help us understand the impact of these events across Eyre Peninsula.

You can also click here to view our flickr photo gallery of historic king tide events on EP.

FrogWatch

FrogWatch SA is your chance to help us understand how our frogs are tracking in South Australia.

There are seven species of frogs on Eyre Peninsula (plus the introduced spotted thighed frog), and the FrogWatch project will help us better understand the health of our wetland environments.

Best of all, you don’t have to be an expert to take part!

Simply download the app at http://frogwatchsa.com.au/ and head to your local creek or wetland and record local frog calls.

Whales

The SA Whale Centre features a Live Sightings Log of whale sightings across South Australia.

To ensure the most accurate information is made available, sightings are added to the log only once confirmed by a trained spotter.

Report your whale sightings at the SA Whale Centre.

Please be mindful of the whale watching guidelines, including important legal information about distances between marine mammals and boats, drones, jet skis, etc. 

For recent unconfirmed sightings, or if you would like free training to become a whale spotter, please contact the SA Whale Centre on (08) 8551 0750 or email whalecentre@victor.sa.gov.au

 

Funding partners

These projects are supported by the Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

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