How ‪‎citizen science is helping our native ‪‎wildlife?

Fox on Camera TrapAustralia is renowned for its iconic wildlife. A bilby digging for food in the desert on a moonlit night, a dinosaur-like cassowary disappearing into the shadows of the rainforest, or a platypus diving for yabbies in a farm dam. But such images, though evocative, are rarely seen by most Australians.

For some species, our time to see them is rapidly running out. We know that unfortunately many native animals face considerable threats from habitat loss, introduced cats and foxes, and climate change, among others.

More than ever before, we need accurate and up-to-date information about where our wildlife persists and in what numbers, to help ensure their survival. But how do we achieve this in a place the sheer size of Australia, and with its often cryptic inhabitants?

Euan Ritchie and Sarah Maclagan call for all Australian wildlife lovers to get involved with some important conservation-based science via the Wildlife Spotter project.

Read all about it on The Conversation: The rise of citizen science is great news for our native wildlife.