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Citizen Science and Volunteering Opportunities

Organisation Activity Location
Australian Microplastic Assessment Project (AUSMAP) Collect soil/sand samples from beside rivers, lakes and oceans to be assessed for microplastic load Anywhere
Australian Platypus Conservancy Report platypus sightings in Australia Anywhere
Butterflies Australia Butterfly sightings, logging sightings and photos on an app Anywhere
Commonwealth Environmental Water Office
Jane Humphries
Water quality, bird surveys Gwydir Valley and Border Rivers
Download FrogID for Apple or GooglePay from the FrogID website
FrogID is the Australian Museum’s flagship citizen science project that is improving our understanding of Australia’s unique frog species. Record Frog calls wherever you hear them to help track frog health and distribution around Australia Anywhere
Mozzie Monitors Mozzie sightings and collection, log your photos on an app or trap the real thing Anywhere
NSW Dept of Planning, Industry and Environment
Jo Lenehan
Water quality, biodiversity & bird surveys Lachlan River catchment
Turtle Watch and Seabird Rescue
Seabird Rescue
Turtle Watch
Turtle Sat App
Marine turtle nest monitoring, turtle and seabird sightings Anywhere
Upper Murrumbidgee Adventurous Volunteers Weed-control, tree planting, fish habitat
Background info
Upper Murrumbidgee region
Wambangalang Environmental Education Centre
Kristy Robberts
Report platypus sightings on the Wambuul-Macquarie River and its tributaries Anywhere
Western Paddlers NSW in partnership with Dept of Planning, Industry and Environment
Joe Brennan
Monitoring for microbats nesting on the Wambuul-Macquarie River Dubbo, Central West NSW
Western Paddlers NSW in partnership with Dept of Primary Industries – Fisheries
Bron Powell
Threatened fish species monitoring Western NSW
Willow Warriors
Jeff Cottrell
Weed-control programs along rivers, especially in national parks. Programs currently running in the Nepean-Hawkesbury, Sydney region and southeast NSW
Monitoring dissolved oxygen levels for fish health

River and Ocean Clean-Ups

Organisation Activity Location
Regular community clean-up paddles Central Coast and Hunter region
Cooks River Mullets
Bridget Cleaver
Monthly clean-up paddles on the Cooks River. This group is affiliated with River Canoe Club. Marickville, Sydney
Paddle Against Plastic River and ocean clean-ups Various locations in Australia
River Canoe Club and Cooks River Alliance
Simon Wilkes
Annual Cooks River Clean-Up paddle (400+ participants) in Feb, plus ongoing Cooks River environmental activities Marickville, Sydney
Western Paddlers NSW
Bron Powell
Organise Clean Up Australia Day paddles plus other clean up paddles over the year. Dubbo/Wellington, Central West and Western NSW
A paddler checking out an Olive Perchlet, a threatened species of fish, in a citizen science monitoring program, Western NSW