With the recent growth of internet and mobile-based applications, it’s easier than ever for naturalists to discover information and record field observations of Australian birds.
By using a new web-based ‘Citizen Science’ application developed by the Atlas of Living Australia, Birds Australia volunteers can report their sightings and contribute photos to whichever project they are participating in, and then see and edit their own records. Visit birdsaustralia.ala.org.au to sign up.
Using Birds Australia’s Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo Recovery Project as the pilot, these new web-based tools have made it possible to gather, share and analyse species data, making a valuable contribution to the recovery project. Since the successful pilot last year, Birds Australia are using the application on more volunteer projects, to streamline data collection and integration.