Become a citizen scientist

Finding out where certain plants and animals are can be difficult and time consuming for scientists, especially if the species are rare or threatened. But with your help, scientists can be in more places at once. Insights gained through the efforts of enthusiastic volunteer citizen scientists can help in conservation and recovery efforts for this region.

Projects

FrogWatch SA

Help build a state-wide picture of our frog species and what may be needed to help them. It's easy. Just use the FrogWatch SA website and FrogSpotter mobile app to record frog calls and where they occurred, then send the information to experts for ID and inclusion in a national database. You can even become a frog expert with some simple online training!

There are 28 described species of frogs in South Australia and nine of those are rare, vulnerable or endangered. Your information will help scientists to better understand which species are common and which are rarely found, and where work needs to be done to improve conditions for frogs, such as water quality and habitat.

The FrogWatch SA website and FrogSpotter app were developed with the support of Zoos SA, Beach Energy, the former Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board and the City of Onkaparinga.

Goanna Watch

The former Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges partnered with other natural resources regions in South Australia to find out more about Rosenberg’s Goanna, an endangered monitor lizard. These large, charismatic and superbly interesting creatures lay their eggs in termite mounds and help control feral rodents, but often fewer than six mainland sightings are reported each year!

As the weather warms up they become more active so we need you to be on the lookout. There are two other monitor lizards in the region (Lace Monitor and Gould’s Sand Goanna) that might have you stumped, but this information brochure can help you identify them.

Or head to the Adelaide Zoo or Cleland Wildlife Park to see them in the flesh!

Log your sightings and photos, even if you aren’t 100% sure, to the Goanna Watch project.

National project