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Nature Mapping - adding to our Citizen Science Award

 12 November 2019

In the six years since our small beginnings we have achieved great things on Canberra Nature Map and I want to thank everyone for their contribution. We now have over 5000 species on our lists and a huge library of photos. As a consequence of your outstanding efforts, we have recently won the ACT LandCare award for Citizen Science. See the photo of Aaron and Rohan on 17 November (*) after receiving the award:

https://citynews.com.au/2019/at-the-act-landcare-awards/

I’d like to suggest that we can do even better by carefully considering what we do and where we go in our explorations of the natural world in the Canberra region. If we look at the number of Nature Reserves, nature parks and other reserves we have on Canberra Nature Map, we see that some of the locations receive a lot of attention while others have very few sightings for them. Our ultimate goal is to get a picture of the biodiversity across the whole landscape, the nature reserves, parks, suburbs and rural districts. It would add a great deal to our value as a nature map if those neglected areas were explored and reported on more often. This would make CNM even more valuable as a citizen science project.

If you look at some of our Defined Locations (12 Nov 2019), there is a lot of variation in the number of photo sightings reported for them.

Some examples:

Namadgi National Park       5070

Black Mountain                    2724

ANBG                                     2664

Jerrabomberra Wetlands    2004

Red Hill Nature Reserve     1819

Tuggeranong Hill                 1258

Mount Taylor                        647

Mount Jerrabomberra         221

Jerrabomberra Grassland  188

Molonglo Gorge                   125

Kama                                      119

Mcquoids Hill                        80

Scrivener Hill                         43

Attunga Point                        35

Crace Grasslands                 32

Yarramundi Grassland       17

Dunlop Grasslands             15

Blue Range                           11

Some locations deserve plenty of attention because of their size and ecological diversity, such as Namadgi National Park. But others are simply in need of a bit more exploration. A good example is the Jerrabomberra Wetlands with 2004 and the nearby Jerrabomberra Grassland with only 188. As well as the reserves, perhaps you might find something interesting in an urban park or on a rural roadside.

So we are asking could you please think about visiting those areas that have fewer sightings.

To check out the numbers, click on “Maps” on the top toolbar, then click on “Defined Locations”, which will take you to:

https://canberra.naturemapr.org/Community/Locations/Polygons

Click on any Map and it will take you to the Sightings page for that map, for example Black Mountain:

https://canberra.naturemapr.org/Community/Locations/Sightings/3

You can also just key in the name of the location to the Quick Search box. You can do the same with Places etc.

Comments are welcome and happy exploring!

* Announcement edited after original posting

3 comments

Illilanga wrote:
   14 Nov 2019
Great idea Michael. The Tinderry Nature Reserve near us is also a perfect place for exploring and finding lots of new species for CNM. I would also add "look to the ground" when exploring. There are so many exciting things to be found amongst the leaf litter & grass... tiny peacock spiders, amazing cockroaches/leafhoppers (I may be biased haha), a world of ants, small skinks, fungi etc.. Macro photography is fun & extremely rewarding, particularly you have a place like CNM to submit your photos. Looking forward to seeing sightings from new locations. :) Sandra
michaelb wrote:
   14 Nov 2019
Thanks Sandra
The Tinderry Nature Reserve would be a great place to explore, and it has only 8 photo sightings. See:
https://canberra.naturemapr.org/Community/Locations/Sightings/6127
   20 Nov 2019
Congratulations on the award, both looking dapper in the photo.

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