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New ClimateWatch trail for Canberra

The most recent ClimateWatch trail was launched at the Australian National Botanic Garden in Canberra on 22 May, the International Day for Biological Diversity.

The ClimateWatch trail launch at the Australian National Botanic Garden.

Leading up to the launch, ClimateWatch staff have been working with the staff, volunteer guides and Friends of the Gardens to develop the trail.

“The ClimateWatch Trail is a fantastic initiative for the Australian National Botanic Garden,” the Gardens’ General Manager, Peter Byron said. “It is another way that our visitors can engage with our collection of Australian native plants and contribute to valuable research in protecting our native plant species.”

The Friends of the Gardens have generously funded the trail, providing signage for the ClimateWatch plants found around the Gardens, as well as two ClimateWatch information signs. The Friends are also supporting the trail with volunteers to record observations of the ClimateWatch species and engage with visitors to the Gardens to become citizen scientists in their home town and backyard.

The ClimateWatch interpretative and marker signs at the Gardens.

“It’s inspiring to see the staff and Friends of the Gardens so engaged and enthusiastic about the program,” Earthwatch’s Head of Programs, Andy Donnelly said. “The information they contribute will help shape the country’s scientific response to climate change.”

Next time you’re visiting the Australian National Botanic Garden, look out for the signs marking the ClimateWatch plants and record what you see on the ClimateWatch website. Information on the trail is also available at the Garden’s Visitor Centre.

Andy Donnelly (Earthwatch), Stephen Speer (ANBG) and Rachel Maitland (Earthwatch) at the interpretative sign.

Please visit the trail website page for more information. Download the species guide and recording sheet here. 

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