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Bird Watching and Plant Spotting at Sandhurst, VIC

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.

The event was held in Blair Park, next to a healthy gum tree planted several years ago by internationally renowned environmentalist David Suzuki. Plans to develop a ClimateWatch trail for the 3000 Sandhurst residents are underway and will help build a long-term database for the local area.

Richard Gilmore, Executive Director of Earthwatch Australia said, “By observing and recording plant and animal behaviors which respond to rainfall and temperature changes, Sandhurst residents participating in the project will be helping scientists better understand and monitor the natural environment in the region.”

ClimateWatch was developed by Earthwatch with the Bureau of Meteorology and The University of Melbourne, in order to understand how changes in temperature and rainfall are affecting the behaviour of Australia's plants and animals. The data recorded online contributes to the Atlas of Living Australia, a national project focused on making information on Australia's biodiversity more accessible and useable online.

The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation provided initial funding for ClimateWatch and Rio Tinto are the founding sponsor. Leighton Contractors and Woodside are major sponsors.