ClimateWatch

An initiative of Earthwatch Institute

Urrbrae Wetlands

August 2019

Welcome Swallows - Urrbae Wetlands

 Welcome Swallows at Urrbrae Wetlands

 

 Our natural environment needs your eyes and ears!

Little is known about the impact of climate change on Australia's plants and animals. Urrbrae Wetlands, located approximately 6.5km south of Adelaide, South Australia is an ideal environment for recording information on species to help bridge the information gap, but we need your help! 

This ClimateWatch Trail is located at a man-made wetland designed to function as a water retention basin whilst having the benefits of natural wetland characteristics. The monitoring at this trail connects the South Australian region to a nation-wide scientific study where outdoor teaching and data collection will help build our understanding of climate change impacts.

Contribute to citizen science while experiencing a wetland home to many different species of local plants, providing a productive habitat for numerous species of birds, reptiles, and amphibians. 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. 

Visit http://www.urrbraewetlandlc.org/ to arrange a visit with the Wetland Manager. 

School groups: 

In addition to your ClimateWatch activities, this exciting wetland facility can offer authentic and engaging learning opportunities for every age group in any learning area. Contact the Wetland Manager for more information: http://www.urrbraewetlandlc.org/contact-us.html

 

Why get involved?

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

 

How to get involved?

Contact the Wetland Manager to arrange a visit. Download the Urrbrae Wetlands ClimateWatch species field guides and visit the ClimateWatch species pages online to familiarise yourself with species identification. If using recording sheets, remember to enter all your observations into the ClimateWatch website when you get back to a computer.

Alternatively, you can record your sightings immediately through the ClimateWatch smartphone app.