Campbelltown and Camden councils call for citizen scientists

NATURAL NOOK: Budding citizen scientists will be tallying the amount of animals like this possums they find in tree hollows of the Macarthur region. Picture: Margo Smith.

NATURAL NOOK: Budding citizen scientists will be tallying the amount of animals like this possums they find in tree hollows of the Macarthur region. Picture: Margo Smith.

A budding new citizen-science project to better the understanding of wildlife habitats will be unearthed in the Macarthur region.

Camden Council and Campbelltown City Council are among 30 councils calling on keen botanists to count the amount of wildlife and tree hollows for the new Sydney-wide Hollows as Homes project.

In NSW, 46 mammals, 81 birds, 31 reptiles and 16 frogs are dependent on hollows for survival and residents are needed to monitor hollows and artificial nests used in backyards, parks, paddocks or on streets. 

The data citizen scientists collect will inform councils’ decision-making process when installing supplementary hollows.

Each council will host a free presentation for people to learn how hollows form, what hollows are used for and how to monitor numbers.

Camden Council’s Hollows as Homes presentation is on Wednesday, October 27 in the community room at the Camden Civic Centre from 6pm tp 7pm.

Phone 4654 5159 for information and RSVP is essential.

Campbelltown Mayor Cr George Brticevic said it was critical to gather as much information as possible to plan how to preserve their habitat.

“This project gives participants the chance to play a hands-on role in making a difference to the future of Australian wildlife,” Cr Brticevic said. 

“I encourage residents to come along to the community presentation and find out how you can help.”

Campbelltown residents can attended a presentation at Campbelltown Civic Centre on Thursday, November 3 from 6pm to 8pm. To book phone 4645 4346. 

To encourage numbers the councils have included Hollows as Homes as a category in the Macarthur Nature Photography Competition.

Smartphone
Tablet - Narrow
Tablet - Wide
Desktop