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Australia's flying nomads

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New research has uncovered some fascinating clues on the behaviour of our most extreme nomads read more

What is "Sprummer"?

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Dr Tim Entwisle's latest publication introduces an alternative to the traditional four season model to describe unique Australian seasonality. read more

ClimateWatch receives award nod

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ClimateWatch program recognised as a leader on the issue of climate change in the 2014 Green Globe Awards. read more

Bug city life

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New research from the University of Sydney has found that spiders living in the city grow larger and breed better than their country relatives. read more

National Science Week roundup

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ClimateWatch was featured in more than five National Science Week events this year. read more

Smartphone science

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Mobile tech gives citizen scientists the edge in data collection for small budget, big scope projects. read more

Happy National Science Week!

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It's National Science Week and ClimateWatch is joining the party! read more

Newspaper article: Citizen scientists with ears out for early warbles

ClimateWatch featured in a news article last weekend about citizen science. read more

ClimateWatch Cuckoo Count

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New South Wales schools are taking part in a cuckoo count, watching the annual migration of the channel-billed cuckoo. And you can help! read more

Tropical fish head south for a feast

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New research from The University of New South Wales (UNSW) has found that tropical fish are migrating further south, posing a serious threat to the cooler marine environments. read more

ClimateWatch on the radio

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ClimateWatch was featured on the ABC Science Show last month - here is the audio file and a transcript of the conversation! read more

Calling all coders! We need your help

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We are looking for passionate programmers to help us upgrade the ClimateWatch website. read more

How to be a good ClimateWatcher

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Use this handy guide to ensure your observations are the most useful for scientific research. read more

Australian birds at risk from climate change

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A new book from CSIRO Publishing has identified the 250 Australian birds that are most at risk from climate change. read more

Join a ClimateWatch quest!

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ClimateWatch has teamed up with Questagame to develop Questabird, a mobile phone game that sends you on quests to find bird and insect species. The more species you find, the more gold you earn! read more

ClimateWatch meets royalty

ClimateWatch trails in Melbourne and Sydney have had a lot of traffic in the past month. Guided walks were run during National Volunteer Week, and the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens was visited by a Princess! read more

Phenology sightings play a key role in new US Climate Assessment

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The latest National Climate Assessment for the United States was released last month. Kevin Grunewald explores the crucial role that phenology observations played in the new assessment. read more

Earthwatch Alumni comes to Perth

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We invite all ClimateWatchers to attend our Earthwatch Alumni event in Perth next week. Come for afternoon tea or attend a free guided ClimateWatch trail read more

Dr Volker Framenau answers your questions

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Dr Volker Framenau answers two very different spidery questions. read more

ClimateWatch data quality control process

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As the ClimateWatch data become publicly available through the Atlas of Living Australia, this article outlines the quality control process that all sightings go through before being uploaded. read more

Latest in citizen science

Citizen science programs received a lot of attention in online and scientific publications this month! Here is a brief wrap up of the buzz. read more

Oceans Connected: linking citizen science across the sea

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Oceans Connected is an exciting project that aims to link marine citizen science projects on a global level. read more

Lisa Cawthen answers your questions

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Victorian bats versus Tasmanian bats, and how to attract bats to your backyard. Our mammal expert Lisa Cawthen answers your questions. read more

May Scientist of the Month: Volker Framenau

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Dr Volker Framenau is one of Australia's leading arachnologists, and is passionate about conserving our spiders and other invertebrates. Ask him a question today. read more

Guided ClimateWatch trails in Sydney and Melbourne

Guided ClimateWatch walks are running at the Sydney and Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens in May. Come along for a free tour of the gardens and see autumn in full swing. read more

What's your genus?

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You may have noticed some changes in the scientific names of our ClimateWatch species in the past month. ClimateWatch volunteer Sapna Kumar investigates why scientific names change, even though the creature itself does not. read more

IPCC impacts report released

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the second part of its Fifth Assessment report earlier this month, focussing on the impacts and risks of climate change. Here we outline what the report means for Australia’s biodiversity. read more

ClimateWatch now available on the Atlas of Living Australia

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ClimateWatch observations have started to be uploaded to the Atlas of Living Australia, the national biodiversity database. You can now map, plot, explore and download the ClimateWatch dataset. read more

Dr Marie Keatley answers your questions

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Dr Marie Keatley explains why the silver banksia was chosen as a ClimateWatch indicator species read more

March Scientist of the month: Lisa Cawthen

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Lisa is a wildlife ecologist with a passion for all mammals, but particularly bats. read more

ClimateWatch reaches 10,000 users

ClimateWatch reached a big milestone last month with its 10,000th user read more

Scientists use the speed of climate change to predict biodiversity changes

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Exciting new research allows visualisation of climate change challenges for species read more

Meet the team in Melbourne at the Earthwatch Alumni Launch!

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Groundhog Day tradition predicts long winter in the United States

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New Earthwatch Science Intern Kevin Grunewald brings American culture and wildlife insight to ClimateWatch read more

February Scientist of the Month: Dr Marie Keatley

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Marie Keatley is a plant ecologist from The University of Melbourne, and has been involved in ClimateWatch since it first began. read more

Australia's mysterious Night Parrot rediscovered

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One of the world's rarest birds, the Night Parrot, has been rediscovered in western Queensland. read more

A welcome to the new ClimateWatch manager

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ClimateWatch is delighted to announce the appointment of Ms Linden Ashcroft as the new Program Manager commencing January 20th 2014. Her key role will be to facilitate and expand the community engagement and scientific outcomes for ClimateWatch. read more

Dr. Lynda Chambers answers your questions

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Dr. Lynda Chambers answers your questions read more

January Scientist of the Month: Dr. Lynda Chambers

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Lynda is a zoologist and climatologist based at the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research (Australian Bureau of Meteorology). read more

Farewell but not goodbye to Kristine Nga, the Program Manager of ClimateWatch

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ClimateWatch would like to acknowledge and bid farewell to Kristine Nga after a rewarding stewardship with the program as she heads back home to sunny California, USA end of this month. read more

Climatewatching in Parks

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ClimateWatch is proud to announce a new partnership with Parks Victoria. read more

Hotter and earlier spring

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Spring 2013 was the hottest in Australian history read more

New birds to monitor at the RBG Melbourne ClimateWatch Trail

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New birds to monitor at the RBG Melbourne ClimateWatch Trail read more

New ClimateWatch trail at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, NSW

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New ClimateWatch trail at the Australian National Botanic Garden Mt. Annan, NSW read more

Dr. David Booth answers your questions

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Dr. David Booth answers your questions read more

New ClimateWatch trail in Marramarra National Park

New ClimateWatch trail in Marramarra National Park read more

November Scientist of the Month: Dr. Steve Smith

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Steve is a marine biologist based at Southern Cross University’s National Marine Science Centre. read more

Phenological Changes in the Southern Hemisphere

Changes in the timing of important life-cycle stages of plants and animals, such as flowering, breeding and migration, have provided some of the strongest evidence of climate change impacts on our natural and managed systems. read more

October scientist of the month: Dr. David Booth

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Dr. David Booth is a Profess or Marine Ecology and the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee, Sydney Institute of Marine Science. read more

IPCC Fifth Assessment Report Published

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Climate Change: The Physical Science Basis read more

ClimateWatch Marine Workshops

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ClimateWatchers have been busy on our coasts! read more

ClimateWatch- Finalist in the 2013 Premier's Sustainability Awards

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It is with great excitement to announce that ClimateWatch has been named a Finalist in this year's Premier's Sustainability Awards. read more

Dr. Nicola Mitchell answers your questions

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Dr. Nicola Mitchell answers your questions read more

September Scientist of the month: Dr. Nicola Mitchell

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Introducing the scientist of the month, Dr. Nicola Mitchell read more

Dr. Dave Schoeman answers your questions

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Dr. Dave Schoeman answers your questions read more

Marine species now available!

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36 new marine species are now available for recording read more

Is it time to put away our jumpers?

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Reports are showing that spring is coming earlier this year. read more

August Scientist of the month: Dr. Dave Schoeman

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Introducing the scientist of the month, Dr. Dave Schoeman read more

New Marine Species and Website Updates

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New Marine Species and Website Updates read more

Welcome Back Students

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March not only signifies the start of autumn but also the return to school. read more

Kristine joins the ClimateWatch team

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Kristine is a recent postgraduate from the University of Melbourne and the new Program Coordinator read more

Appreciating the history of the WA Christmas Tree while recording for ClimateWatch

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Ben Quaife and Paul Ashbolt from The University of Western Australia appreciate the historical and cultural importance of the WA Christmas Tree read more

The challenge of collecting quality data

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Sometimes collecting quality data on the most common ClimateWatch species can be challenging as Monash University students, Tamblyn Thomason, Stephanie Merlicek and Bronwyn Jeynes discovered. read more

Humpbacks on the move

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Humpback whales have started their southern migration and can be spotted off the west and east coast. ClimateWatch Marine is collaborating with Conservation Volunteers on The Woodside Community Whale Monitoring project; a pilot study using Citizen Science to capture data on whale sightings in order to get a better picture of whale movements and engage the community with these amazing migratory marine species. read more

UWA students recognise the benefits of participating in ClimateWatch

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Two biology students Nadia Sloan and Farley Kwok Van Der Giezen from UWA reflect on their experiences with the ClimateWatch program read more

Display your data using the ALA Spatial Portal

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You can now download your data in CSV files. This screencast demonstrates how to display your data using the Atlas of Living Australia's Spatial Portal. read more

ClimateWatch is a Banksia Awards 2012 Finalist

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ClimateWatch has had some exciting news with the recent announcement of being a finalist in the 2012 Banksia awards for education. read more

How to record multiple phenophases

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Often plants are showing more than one behaviour. This screencast demonstrates how to record these in a single observation. read more

Aisling joins the ClimateWatch team

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Aisling Fontanini is a Science Communication Student from UWA interviewing students to publish a series of articles. read more

Listening for frogs after dark

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Its not all textbooks and lectures for first year students studying Aquatic Systems at Curtin University. read more

New ClimateWatch trail for Canberra

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A ClimateWatch trail is now at the Australian National Botanic Garden, Canberra. read more

Champions take on trails around Australia

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Inspire action by becoming a ClimateWatch champion. read more

Discover hidden treasures buried at the Australian Museum in the comfort of your own home!

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Help rediscover handwritten expedition diaries written by 19th and 20th Century Naturalists by joining a new citizen science program. Through participating, you'll be able to view beautiful drawings and paintings of many different Australian invertebrate specimens.  read more

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Climate change downsizing plants and animals

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When it comes to ClimateWatch, timing is everything.  We are asking you to record observations like calling and nesting that indicate the timing of reproductive cycles to discover how climate change is shifting these events. read more

Whale watching with Kirra Morton

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Kirra Morton is a Research Associate with the Centre for Whale Research. She is out on the water every day with Oceanic Cruises providing interpretation for visitors during their whale watching experience and explaining what to record for ClimateWatch Marine read more

Bush Rangers WA Cadets explore the Marlee Reserve Trail

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Bush Rangers WA Cadets from Mandurah Senior College visited the new ClimateWatch trail at Marlee Reserve recently to learn about climate change. read more

Spring is here!

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As we turn the calendar to September, the fact that Spring is here may cross your mind. read more

Q&A with UWA Student Pete Dunstan

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Since their first lab session in August, UWA students have been active recording observations around Perth and the South West. This month we have a short Q & A with one of the students, Pete Dunstan. read more

A couple of firsts

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Spring is an exciting time for ClimateWatching with lots of species active across the country. Even though I have been working on the program fulltime for more than 18 months I am still excited when I get to experience new things. read more

University biology students become ClimateWatchers

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First year biology students at the University of Western Australia (UWA) now have ClimateWatch integrated into their course work. read more

Quinns Rocks Environmental Group Create a Trail

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Quinns Rocks Environmental Group is one of the first volunteer conservation groups to create a ClimateWatch trail.  The trail at Gumblossum Reserve was launched on 6 August with a workshop for members. read more

What to record in August

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With the end of winter approaching and as the weather starts to warm up, there are many ClimateWatch species to keep an eye out for. read more

First ClimateWatch Trail for the east coast at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

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Over the past few months, ClimateWatch staff have been working with staff and volunteers at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney to develop a ClimateWatch trail around the Garden. Many more species field guides have been produced (see species list below) and a Recording Sheet has been developed for the trail. read more

ClimateWatch report published

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The Federal Government's Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) provided initial funding for ClimateWatch. This helped fund the first three years of development of the program, from 2007 - 2010. read more

ClimateWatch by day - Night Stalk by night

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Do you know all of the animals that come out in the light of the moon around your neighbourhood? Explore your local natural area and its resident animals on any night (or every night!) between 1 September and 16 October by participating in a Tiwest Night Stalk.  It’s easy to do – all you need is a torch, a Spotter's Log, a keen eye and a sense of adventure!  It’s free to participate and great fun.  read more

ClimateWatch featured on Scope

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ClimateWatch featured on a special Citizen Science episode of Scope on Channel 10.  If you missed seeing it on TV you can watch the video here.Part 1 read more

ClimateWatching Leighton Contractors Staff

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Leighton Contractors staff have been getting involved in ClimateWatch through two special events in Perth. read more

ClimateWatch to be profiled at international conference

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Manly Environment Centre is hosting an 'International Conference of Eco Ideas' from 8 - 11 September 2011. read more

What to record in July

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Starting this month we will have an article for each newsletter highlighting species that are starting to appear, flower or nest. So you can start looking out for new species you have not previously recorded on or it's a reminder to start watching your favourites. read more

An Interview with ClimateWatch scientists Dr Lynda Chambers and Dr Marie Keatley

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Dr Lynda Chambers and Dr Marie Keatley took some time to speak with ClimateWatch about the initiative, its importance, and how citizen scientists are able to help with the research on climate change impact. read more

Bees put to test over climate change

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Over the coming months, in each eNews, we’ll feature websites from across the globe to help notify you of other sites full of useful climate watch information, including some seemingly bizarre ways in which scientists study the effects of climate change on our ecosystems.   read more

Whale Watching Wonders: An Interview with Marine Biologist Megan Kessler

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Megan Kessler is a marine scientist from Macquarie University, Sydney who is currently completing her PhD on the effectiveness of whale watching guidelines in Australia and overseas. read more

Phenology and Citizen Science in the USA

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Phenology research is happening around the world.  In this article from Bioscience, Mark Schwartz describes how his research into spring lilac blooming informs climate models and Jake Weltzin talks about the USA's National Phenology Network. read more

ClimateWatch Marine launched!

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On 8 June 2011, ClimateWatch Marine was launched in Perth, WA. Building on the existing suite of ClimateWatch indicator species, ClimateWatch Marine has added four iconic whale species to the program; humpback whales, southern right whales, pygmy blue whales and orcas (killer whales). read more

Create your own field guide

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Look for new semi-arid species

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To engage ClimateWatchers across the Pilbara and other semi-arid inland regions 13 new species have been added to ClimateWatch.  The additions include 1 frog, 1 reptile, 1 butterfly, 7 plants and 3 birds.  Check out the species pages and start recording on the ones in your area. read more

Hundreds of new ClimateWatchers in the Pilbara

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Hundreds of children are enthralled in observing their backyard environments after Earthwatch Australia took to the Pilbara at the start of June in search of local ClimateWatchers.  read more

Bird Watching and Plant Spotting at Sandhurst, VIC

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Bird watching and plant spotting at the golfing residential suburb of Sandhurst in Victoria.ClimateWatch has been promoted to the community of Sandhurst in Victoria, by The Hon. Mark Dreyfus MP, Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister and Cabinet and Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and Richard Gilmore, Executive Director of Earthwatch Australia, on the 27 May 2011. read more

ClimateWatch Trail launched for Parliament House in Canberra

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Bird watching and plant spotting were on the Federal Parliamentary Agenda in Canberra yesterday with the launch of a ClimateWatch Trail for Parliament House and the Capital Hill Precinct.The Hon. Mark Dreyfus MP, Cabinet Secretary to Prime Minister and Cabinet and Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, officially launching the ClimateWatch Trail read more

Local governments are encouraged to get involved and promote Citizen Science

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In order to develop community understanding of climate change, Earthwatch Australia recognises the importance of getting local governments involved in promoting citizen science. read more

Phenology in the north, challenges in the south

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In this video David Cantrill, Chief Botanist, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne explains what scientists know about phenology in the northern hemisphere and describes the challenges we face in monitoring changes in Australia. read more

Start monitoring pines in Tasmania

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ClimateWatch Program Manager Rich Weatherill met with two staff from the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment to learn about the Tasmanian Climate Change Monitoring Program and why these species are good ClimateWatch indicators. read more

Bat listening results: October - December 2010

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The White-striped Bat is one of the largest insectivorous microbats in Australia. Here we share the results from our bat listening event in 2010. read more

Listen here - who’s moaning about the rains!

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As you fling open your windows to enjoy the cool relief of the first rains of autumn, you may also hear another Perth resident heralding the start of the wet season. The familiar long slow moan of our local burrowing frog will be heard in gardens, parks and wetlands around the metropolitan area. read more

Frequently Asked Questions at Piney Lakes Reserve

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Penny Musgrove is the Environmental Education Officer at Piney Lakes Reserve. She has been running ClimateWatch walks with a number of groups and often gets asked questions. Here are some of the most common questions and answers from Penny. read more

How to record on a ClimateWatch trail

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Here we take you through the best way to make recordings on a ClimateWatch trail using the Recording Sheet and how to enter observations on the ClimateWatch website. read more

Volunteers clock up 100 observations over the summer break

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While most of us were putting our feet up and relaxing over the break, over 60 volunteers joined in a series of guided ClimateWatch walks around Sydney, to observe and record ClimateWatch species. read more

Learning to fly - Volunteer experience

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I was in my local park recently and saw two magpies teaching their babies how to fly. Normally, I would probably notice it briefly in passing and then move on, but being part of ClimateWatch gave me an excuse to sit down and really take note of what was going on. read more

Launch of the first ClimateWatch Trail at Piney Lakes Reserve

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The first ClimateWatch trail has been launched at Piney Lakes Reserve in Western Australia. read more

Confessions of a Nuytsia floribunda spotting addict

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The WA Christmas Tree is iconic, easy to recognise and has a spectacular flowering event. read more

Why do you volunteer with ClimateWatch?

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As part of a research study at The University of Western Australia, we are asking volunteers to complete a simple, short online survey. read more

Frog talks to computer!

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I have been recording observations for ClimateWatch on a Striped Marsh Frog in my backyard pond for over a year now. The other day however, I was struck by a different call coming from the pond that I wasn't familiar with. read more

Conservation Week and 25 new WA indicator species.

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ClimateWatch has been featured in Conservation Week activities in WA. read more

Gaia Resources wins award for ClimateWatch recording system

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We are pleased to announce that ClimateWatch Technical Partner, Gaia Resources has won an award for ClimateWatch at the WA Spatial Excellence Awards. read more

Scientist Q and A - Dr Tim Entwisle

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We ask Dr Tim Entwisle, Executive Director of the Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, a few questions about the changing seasons and ClimateWatch. read more

Swooped by Magpie!

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Andy Donnelly from Earthwatch writes about his ClimateWatching experience while on his way to work. read more

Australian Magpie

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Most people know the Australian Magpie, an infamous black and white bird well-known for swooping passers-by during its breeding season. read more

Did You Know...

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Here's an interesting fact about the Southern Bullfrog. read more

What ClimateWatchers are recording

There has been a very encouraging response to ClimateWatch with nearly 2,000 records being submitted into the database already. Here's a summary of what's been recorded so far. read more

Butterflies linked to climate change

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As Melbourne warms, the city's butterflies are emerging at least 10 days earlier in spring than they did in 1945, according to research that reveals for the first time a casual link between increasing greenhouse gases, the city's warming environment and the timing of a natural event. read more

ClimateWatch-ing in your backyard!

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You don't need to be out and about in your local park or bushland reserve to be a ClimateWatcher. As Jan Maitland discovered, some of the indicator species may be right at your doorstep! read more

Grey Fantail

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Weighing in at only 6-9g this small, but very active, fantail provides hours of entertainment as it tumbles, twists, loops, dives and almost turns itself inside out in the pursuit of insect prey. read more

Did you know?

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One of the earliest known phenological records for the Flame Robin in Victoria is its arrival at Scott's Creek, Coden - from 1897 to 1902. read more

ClimateWatch now in Western Australia

Earthwatch Australia has launched their new ClimateWatch program in WA with Minister for the Environment Donna Faragher becoming Western Australia's first ClimateWatch user. read more

Making your data count!

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Since ClimateWatch was launched in September 2009, there has been a very encouraging response to people wanting to be involved. But there's a lot more to be done. read more

ClimateWatch at Copenhagen

Representatives from Earthwatch attended the COP15 United Nations Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, held from the 7 - 18 December 2009 and helped profile ClimateWatch during the summit. read more