Citizen Science and Volunteering Opportunities

Organisation Activity Location Contact Website
Willow Warriors Weed-control programs along rivers, especially in national parks. Programs currently running in the Nepean-Hawkesbury, Sydney region and southeast NSW. There is potential for more! Jeff Cottrell willowwarriors.org.au
Upper Murrumbidgee Adventurous Volunteers Weed-control, tree planting, fish habitat
Background info
Upper Murrumbidgee region Antia Braedeman Facebook page
Western Paddlers NSW in partnership with Dept of Planning, Industry and Environment Monitoring for microbats nesting on the Wambuul-Macquarie River Dubbo, Central West NSW Joe Brennan
Commonwealth Environmental Water Office Water quality, bird surveys Gwydir Valley and Border Rivers Jane Humphries
NSW Dept of Planning, Industry and Environment Water quality, biodiversity & bird surveys Lachlan River catchment Jo Lenehan
Western Paddlers NSW in partnership with Dept of Primary Industries – Fisheries Threatened fish species monitoring Western NSW Bron Powell See Western Paddlers NSW Facebook page
Australian Platypus Conservancy Report platypus sightings in Australia Anywhere platypus.asn.au/report-a-sighting/
Wambangalang Environmental Education Centre Report platypus sightings on the Wambuul-Macquarie River and its tributaries Anywhere Kristy Robberts
Turtle Watch and Seabird Rescue Marine turtle nest monitoring, turtle and seabird sightings Anywhere Seabird Rescue

Turtle Watch

Turtle Watch

Turtle Sat App

Butterflies Australia Butterfly sightings, logging sightings and photos on an app Anywhere See website butterflies.org.au
Australian Microplastic Assessment Project (AUSMAP) Collect soil/sand samples from beside rivers, lakes and oceans to be assessed for microplastic load Anywhere See website ausmap.org
Mozzie Monitor Mozzie sightings and collection, log your photos on an app or trap the real thing! Anywhere See website Mozzie Monitors
Monitoring dissolved oxygen levels for fish health

River and Ocean Clean-Ups

Organisation Activity Location Contact Website
River Canoe Club and Cooks River Alliance Annual Cooks River Clean-Up paddle (400+ participants) in Feb, plus ongoing Cooks River environmental activities Marickville, Sydney Simon Wilkes rivercanoeclub.org.au
Clean4shore Regular community clean-up paddles Central Coast and Hunter region Jono See Facebook page
Cooks River Mullets Monthly clean-up paddles on the Cooks River. This group is affiliated with River Canoe Club. Marickville, Sydney Bridget Cleaver rivercanoeclub.org.au
Western Paddlers NSW Organise Clean Up Australia Day paddles plus other clean up paddles over the year. Dubbo/Wellington, Central West and Western NSW Bron Powell See PNSW Facebook Page
Paddle Against Plastic River and ocean clean-ups Various locations in Australia oceancrusaders.org/paddle/
A paddler checking out an Olive Perchlet, a threatened species of fish, in a citizen science monitoring program, Western NSW