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Citizen Science Projects

Postby Helix » Sun Aug 07, 2016 12:55 am

Thought I'd start a citizen science project thread. (I thought we had one, but maybe I was thinking of Nick's forum. Or I didn't go far enough back in the index.)

I've been involved in some internet-based CitSci projects. The two that are occupying most of my time are DigiVol and Wildlife Spotter.

DigiVol is associated with the Atlas of Living Australia. The projects are all data capture -- mostly transcription of labels from museum specimens and historical documents, especially field notebooks. After data are entered into the database and validated, they are swept across to the Atlas.

Wildlife Spotter involves analysis of camera trap photos from six regions around Australia. The data collected are basic -- species and number -- so no specialist knowledge is required. Be aware that there are an awful lot of frog photos in the Central Australian set, but it's worth working your way through them to get to the odd crimson chat, goanna and variegated fairy-wren. Today's finds were an echidna digging up a mallee fowl nest (Mallee region) and a brush-tailed possum making off with the unscrewed lid of the bait container (Far North Queensland).

Another project, which only runs for August, is the Bird Feeding & Watering Study. It's not too late to join.

Please add any projects you're participating in or are interested in.
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Re: Citizen Science Projects

Postby buffy » Sun Aug 07, 2016 3:59 pm

Some of my Fungimap records have gone across to ALA.

http://www.fungimap.org.au/

I have six or seven new ones that I really must actually email in. The scrap of paper with the details has been sitting on the desk for a month or so now.
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Re: Citizen Science Projects

Postby Helix » Sun Aug 07, 2016 9:35 pm

buffy wrote:Some of my Fungimap records have gone across to ALA.

http://www.fungimap.org.au/

I have six or seven new ones that I really must actually email in. The scrap of paper with the details has been sitting on the desk for a month or so now.


Has it been a good fungi season?
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Re: Citizen Science Projects

Postby buffy » Mon Aug 08, 2016 10:43 am

>>Has it been a good fungi season?<<

Quite good. We have been phenomenally dry for some years. But all those clever little spores just sit there waiting for the water to come back again. My friends who are much more obsessive about fungi (and orchids) than I am - and have more time, being fully retired - have put in a lot of records this season.
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Postby Helix » Mon Aug 08, 2016 2:19 pm

buffy wrote:>>Has it been a good fungi season?<<

Quite good. We have been phenomenally dry for some years. But all those clever little spores just sit there waiting for the water to come back again. My friends who are much more obsessive about fungi (and orchids) than I am - and have more time, being fully retired - have put in a lot of records this season.


Friends in Lancefield have been taking photos of fungi that have popped up post-fire. You've prompted me to suggest they send the data to FungiMap. (If they're not already doing so.)
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Re: Citizen Science Projects

Postby roughbarked » Tue Aug 09, 2016 9:00 am

I haven't seen as much in the way of fungi as I would normally see but again we have had a big flush of green grasses. A lot does depend upon when the rains fall in regard to temperatures.
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Re: Citizen Science Projects

Postby Teleost » Fri Aug 12, 2016 7:26 pm

When I get time for school visits I do School of Ants collections http://www.schoolofants.net.au/
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Re: Citizen Science Projects

Postby Teleost » Fri Aug 12, 2016 7:34 pm

We also have the good folks at Kurnada Envirocare doing YCA research as citizen science in conjunction with JCU.
They're doing population monitoring and bait preference work http://kuranda.envirocare.org.au/yellow-crazy-ants.html
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Postby Helix » Fri Aug 12, 2016 8:43 pm

Teleost wrote:When I get time for school visits I do School of Ants collections http://www.schoolofants.net.au/


Do the School of Ants people want local specimens? I can send them a shed load!

I suppose I should actually ask first.
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Postby Teleost » Sat Aug 13, 2016 9:43 am

:)

At the moment they're restructuring their program, but they want ants collected on certain food lures rather than just samples of species.
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Postby Helix » Sat Aug 13, 2016 11:52 am

Teleost wrote::)

At the moment they're restructuring their program, but they want ants collected on certain food lures rather than just samples of species.


Oh. That makes sense. I will leave the ants where they are.
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Re: Citizen Science Projects

Postby Helix » Thu Sep 08, 2016 8:47 pm

I'll add the ABBC and WPC to the list.

Aussie Backyard Bird Count: 17 -- 23 October

Wild Pollinator Count: 13 -- 20 November
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Re: Citizen Science Projects

Postby Helix » Thu Oct 06, 2016 9:42 am

Some preliminary results from the bird bath study.

Now they're looking for participants for a similar study over summer.
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Re: Citizen Science Projects

Postby buffy » Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:32 pm

I'm going to this tomorrow:

https://apsvic.org.au/event/fjc-rogers-seminar-2016/

I'm going to do the citizen science special interest group after lunch.

Hey Helix.....note keynote address is by Gary Backhouse...
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Re: Citizen Science Projects

Postby Helix » Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:18 pm

That looks good, Buffy!
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Re: Citizen Science Projects

Postby buffy » Sat Oct 08, 2016 7:47 pm

And I have come back with something to add to this thread!

www.bowerbird.org.au

That one is for Australia wide records

And:

www.natureshare.org.au

That one is for Victorian observations.


Like Fungimap, observations eventually end up at ALA. But the lady taking the session on citizen science suggested not going direct to ALA unless you are very, very sure of your ID because it is hard to get mistakes fixed.
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