Redland City Council has a proud history of working with community groups and individuals on citizen science projects such as the Koala Count-a-thon and Coochie Curlew Count.
What is citizen science?
Citizen science is scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by members of the community who may or may not have scientific qualifications.
Advances in technology are making it increasingly easy for anyone and everyone to make meaningful contributions to scientific research with access to simple-to-use digital tools.
Why should you contribute to citizen science?
Citizen science will:
- Build your knowledge of local plants and wildlife.
- Contribute to studies and projects that use your data to make a difference.
- Bring new friends and life-long friendships.
- Encourage you out into nature and help you live a healthier, more active lifestyle.
Redland City Council is using The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) to collect data on Redlands natural environment. ALA is a collaborative, national project that brings biodiversity data together from multiple sources and makes it available and usable online.
Submit koala sightings
Koala Action Group, in collaboration with Redland City Council, is encouraging the community to explore the great outdoors and report koala sightings all year round. This valuable information will contribute towards understanding more about the koala population in the Redlands.
Koala sightings can be submitted all year but it's important to get a good snap shot of the Koala population by reporting all sightings during Save the Koala Month, held in September each year. You can get ready for Save the Koala Month by registering at Atlas of Living Australia.
Go to Atlas of Living Australia's Biocollect tool to submit your koala sightings.
Submit coastal raptor nest sightings
The Coastal Raptor Nests Citizen Science Project aims to identify and map raptor nests within the Redlands mainland and islands.
This project focuses on three iconic raptor species, chosen because little is known about their nest locations and behaviours.
- Eastern osprey (Pandion cristatus)
- White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)
- Brahminy kite (Haliastur indus).
For further information see the Redland City Council's coastal raptor nest project page on Atlas of Living Australia.
Submit veteran tree records
The Veteran and Significant Trees of the Redlands survey aims to identify and map veteran and significant trees in the Redlands mainland and islands. This data will assist in providing options for land and vegetation management, protection and conservation, and community education.
Veteran trees may be trees that have reached a great age compared with others of the same species. Veteran trees are important as they often develop sturdy hollows that provide breeding habitat for a wide range of native species, including possums, koalas, reptiles, amphibians, and birds.
This project is a Citizen Science project in partnership with the Redland City Council, Veteran Tree Group Australia and the Atlas of Living Australia.
For further information and to submit a record, see the Redland City Council's veteran and significant tree project page on Atlas of Living Australia.