An initiative of Earthwatch Institute

James Cook University - Cairns Campus

June 2020

 ClimateWatch Trail Cairns JCU

James Cook University Cairns


Our natural environment needs your eyes and ears!

Few studies tell us how Australia’s plants and animals are responding to climate change in our local areas. As part of a unique ClimateWatch citizen science initiative, Earthwatch Australia have worked together with James Cook University to create this ClimateWatch trail at James Cook University (JCU) Cairns. JCU Cairns is situated adjacent to two World Heritage Areas - the Wet Tropics and the Great Barrier Reef. The campus is surrounded on three sides by rainforest-covered mountains and located near the northern beaches in the suburb of Smithfield.

This ClimateWatch Trail connects the bushland around JCU Cairns to a nation-wide scientific study that will take teaching outdoors and collect data that will build our understanding of climate change impacts.

Contribute to citizen science while experiencing a natural budhland setting in Cairns' north, home to a wide variety of native flora and fauna. The ClimateWatch app can be used to submit sightings of ClimateWatch species anywhere in Australia, however ClimateWatch trails help obtain repeated observations, encouraging visitors and the local community to enjoy nature while contributing to science. 

Wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen and have some water with you. The JCU Cairns ClimateWatch trail can be explored for short or long walks, it's up to you. 


Why get involved?

  • Learn how climate change is affecting our wildlife.
  • Become an observer and help monitor changes in the environment.
  • Use the ClimateWatch app, field guide and recording sheet to observe species that are indicators of climate change and record your observations.
  • Make a difference in your local community.


How to get involved?

Download the JCU Cairns ClimateWatch species field guide and ClimateWatch smartphone app (or recording sheet) to mark your observations. If using recording sheets, remember to enter all your observations into the ClimateWatch website when you get back to a computer.



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