The Activating Australians for Citizen Science project grew out of a project initiated to activate citizen scientists among older members of the South Australian community. The project hoped to increase participation of older members of the South Australian community as citizen scientists, facilitated through a series of guided excursions. Through these excursions, we also wish to gain an increased understanding of the benefits of citizen science for healthy ageing.
The project allowed for at least five excursions to provide an introduction to citizen science, demonstration of outdoor projects and demonstration of online projects. Excursions are planned in age-friendly locations in Adelaide and regional areas. Ongoing involvement will be encouraged through a Facebook group ‘Activating Australians for Citizen Science‘
The Activating Citizen Scientists project is funded by Office for Ageing Well, SA Health, through their Activating Citizen Scientists initiative.
Outline of planned excursions
Free registration for this excursion can be made on our Eventbrite tickets page.
Creatures from the Black Swamp: a citizen science investigation of aquatic bush life and in the South East 25th May
Excursion participants will be introduced to the world of the wet South East of South Australia and the role these local ecosystems play in our lives. Part of this excursion, participants will be shown how to find and identify different insect species, as well as how to spot frogs and native birds for identification. Participants will also get an opportunity to learn about the iNaturalist mobile app to send photos of animals to the Atlas of Living Australia database and become a real citizen scientist!
Birds, birds, birds (April 27th 2019)
Insect Biodiversity (March 7th 2019)
Excursion participants will be introduced to the world of invertebrates and the role they play in local ecosystems. Participants will be shown insect collecting techniques and how to use the iNaturalist mobile app to send specimen photos to the Atlas of Living Australia database.
Birds & bugs in the scrub (February 8th 2019)
In this excursion, invertebrate experts from the University of South Australia will guide participants into the macro world of all insect types. Part of this excursion, participants will be shown different insect collection techniques, as well as how to use the iNaturalist mobile app to send photos of insects in for identification and scientific use. Participants will also get the opportunity to learn about native birds and how to identify them using iNaturalist app under the expert ecologist guide of Dr. Marina Louter and Dr. Amy Slender from the Flinders University Bird Ecology Team.
Mozzie Monitors excursions (Adelaide December 3rd 2018).
Excursion participants will be introduced to the world of mosquitoes and how surveillance for them is conducted. They will be introduced to the Mozzie Monitors program and taught how to use a mosquito trap and make basic identifications. Participants will be presented with their own mosquito trap to take home and an invitation to be part of the Mozzie Monitors network. An explicit demonstration of the online Mozzie Monitors photo submission and mapping system will also occur.
Frog Spotter (November 2nd 2018)
In this excursion, participants will be introduced to the world of frogs by our expert partner Steven Walker and shown how to contribute to the knowledge of frog distribution, behaviour and conservation. The excursion will commence with an indoor information session about frogs (45-60 min), followed by a visit outdoors to see if any frogs can be heard or spotted. Participants who go out frogging to encounter frogs will make recordings on the FrogSpotter mobile app. Book at Eventbright.
The Activating Citizen Scientists project is funded by Office for Ageinh Well, SA Health.