News

Echidna Spotters Wanted: Do You Have What It Takes to be a Citizen Scientist?

Source: Atlas of Living Australia
Archived 17 Mar 2018 - Posted: 20 Jan 2018
Image with thanks from Pixabay
Echidnas are elusive creatures and are difficult to spot in the wild. While they are one of Australia’s iconic animals, scientists know very little about them. But hopefully that’s about to change.

A research group lead by Professor Frank Grutzner at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Adelaide hope to identify where the Echidna populations are and whether they are under threat and in need of conservation efforts.

As echidnas are so difficult to spot, a study of echidna populations throughout Australia was never considered feasible, until now. The Atlas of Living Australia is assisting by providing access to their BioCollect  database and a University of Adelaide PhD student Alan Stenhouse has developed a mobile app – Echidna CSI – allowing the Grützner research team to store and analyse the data.

Members of the public can sign up to Biocollect and help gather valuable information. You can report sightings as well as collect and mail in echidna scat samples. The project is publicly available via the Australian citizen science project finder. This means large amounts of data can be collected across a huge area.

You can download the app and record sightings wherever you are which helps communication between the research team and their huge team of citizen scientists. Since the launch of Echidna CSI in September 2017 over 1500 people have signed up and reported over 850 submissions and delivered 80 scat samples.

So if you get out and about in the local wilderness, or even have a little friend living at the bottom of your garden, you can get involved and help with this research project and become a real life citizen scientist.

You can download the Echidna CSI app via the Atlas of Living Australia website.

 

This article archived 17 Mar 2018

 
The Retreat at Wisemans The Retreat at Wisemans The Retreat at Wisemans 4 Star Accommodation on the Hawkesbury

Recent News

How to Get Involved with Clean Up Australia Day
How to Get Involved with Clean Up Australia Day
Get together with family and friends for Clean Up Australia Day. Together...
Lions on a Mission to Break a World Record Raising Funds for Childhood Cancer Research this February
Lions on a Mission to Break a World Record Raising Funds for Childhood Cancer Research this February
In recognition of Childhood Cancer Day on 15th February, Lions are encouraging...
Library Lovers’ Day Story Writing Competition 2019
Library Lovers’ Day Story Writing Competition 2019
Library Lovers’ Day, 14 February 2019, is an opportunity for libraries...
There's Still Time to Apply for Harding Miller Foundation’s Opera Scholarship
There's Still Time to Apply for Harding Miller Foundation’s Opera Scholarship
Applications are open for the 2019 Harding Miller Foundation Operatic...

What's New

 Rapid Building and Pest Inspections
Rapid Building and Pest Inspections
Rapid Building Inspections Pty Ltd
Luxury Bus Hire for any Occasion
Luxury Bus Hire for any Occasion
Good Az Gold Tours and Transfers
Off on a Holiday Adventure?
Off on a Holiday Adventure?
Vaccinations for Travel
The Retreat at Wisemans
The Retreat at Wisemans
The Retreat at Wisemans

Have You Visited

Announcement
Quality New & Used Office FurnitureWe specialise in small to medium size organisations, incl: home offices. Our office furniture supports your business.View Nepean Office Furniture and Supplies »
Contact · Add Your Event · Add Media Release · Add Your Business · Privacy · Site Map · Website © 2016-2019 Stralia Web