ClimateWatch in parks
ClimateWatch in Parks - A new partnership in climate change adaptation
Parks Victoria and Earthwatch Australia have enjoyed a partnership of working together over many years. Our collaborations have included conservation research projects and the annual staff study Earthwatch Expedition Award. We are now extending the partnership to work together to gather important knowledge about the effects of climate change.
Parks Victoria and Earthwatch Australia are partnering to help gather important knowledge about the effects of climate change. The partnership will bring park visitors, nature enthusiasts, students, contractors, park staff and the general public together with climate change scientists through Earthwatch’s national program: ClimateWatch.
What is ClimateWatch?
ClimateWatch is a national citizen science program created in 2009 by Earthwatch, the Bureau of Meteorology and the University of Melbourne. As the first continental phenology project in the Southern Hemisphere, ClimateWatch enables every Australian to be involved in collecting and recording data that will help shape the country’s scientific response to climate change.
Changes in Victoria’s rainfall and temperature driven by global climate change will result in our plants and animals adapting by altering where they live, feed and their phenology (flowering, fruiting, breeding, etc).
ClimateWatch users can record the location, behaviour and site attributes for over 150 marine and terrestrial species through the ClimateWatch website, iPhone application or Android application. Anybody can participate in ClimateWatch. Sightings can be made anywhere, anytime.
The data collected by ClimateWatch will contribute to a national database that can be freely accessed by researchers and the public. The data will also be lodged with the Atlas of Living Australia: www.ala.org.au. Feedback and results can be obtained through the ClimateWatch website, e-newsletters and promotional material created by Earthwatch.
How can you become involved?
By downloading the ClimateWatch app you can record observations directly into your smartphone. Over time these regular observations collected under ClimateWatch will contribute to tracking trends and changes. This information will assist scientists and land managers in developing climate change adaptation plans to respond to climate change impacts.
Our parks provide ideal locations in which to assess the impacts of climate change as they provide scientists with areas that contrast to developed urban or rural areas. Incorporating sightings from many locations, each with different climatic and geographic conditions, allows for more accurate scientific assessments.
Over time, Parks Victoria will be designating "ClimateWatch trails"” at a number of parks. Similar trails have been developed at a wide range of locations across Australia.
This Climatewatch partnership with Earthwatch is a great opportunity for you to personally engage in long term climate change research by recording your observations of nature. ClimateWatch is part of a growing Citizen Science program in Parks Victoria to engage and include community knowledge to inform management.
For further information on ClimateWatch visit: www.climatewatch.org.au.
You can download the ClimateWatch app at: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/climatewatch/id504472919?mt=8
27 Jun 2014
Parks Victoria and the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority are working together to protect saltmarsh habitats in and around Port Phillip as part of a $1.29m Australian Government program over five years to undertake revegetation and pest plant and animal control in areas that are critical for endangered species such as…
10 Jul 2014 5:30pm-10:00pm
Come and discover Melbourne's nocturnal wildlife on this behind the scenes spotlight tour. We will be looking out for the Eastern Barred Bandicoots and learning about the program to save them from extinction. We start the evening with spectacular sunset views from Gellibrand Hill, followed by an Aussie BBQ under…
11 Jul 2014 10:00am-11:30am
In small teams, solve fun challenges and uncover clues to reveal the identities of some unique creatures that live from shore to sea in Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park.
11 Jul 2014 6:00pm-8:30pm
Low key, fun, club racing in the Kurrajong
12 Jul 2014 2:30pm - 13 Jul 2014 9:00am
Note: The Lyrebird Survey is now fully booked. Thankyou to everyone who responded. The Annual Lyrebird Survey is a fun way to get involved in Kinglake National Park, learn more about lyrebirds and their habitat, and witness the spectacular male lyrebirds performing their song to woo the passing females during…
A group of students with refugee backgrounds from Bendigo Senior Secondary Colle...A group of students with refugee backgrounds from Bendigo Senior Secondary College recently enjoyed a camp to Wilsons Promontory National Park. The trip was organised as part of a Parks Victoria program to connect diverse communities to parks. The 27 students from the Karen people (of Burma) spent four days camping at Tidal River where they swam, climbed Mt Oberon, went for walks and went fishing in the river. They also spent time with Indigenous ranger Luke Johnson, who shared his knowledge about the park and showed them how to throw a boomerang. Luke said it was great to see the students having such a good time in the park, especially as many of them had not experienced the coast before.View post | Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16.27
The Australian Alps: 8 Wonderful Winter ShotsView post | Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09.22
Calling all landscape architects - AILA (Australian Institute of Landscape Archi...Calling all landscape architects - AILA (Australian Institute of Landscape Architects) has been invited to be the exclusive creator of a pop-up park within the IUCN World Parks Congress. The design focus is a curated public space within the main pavilion at Sydney Olympic Park. http://www.aila.org.au/news/2014/140702-wpc2014.htm If you have a vision to convey the health and wellbeing benefits of urban spaces, then they want to hear from you!View post | Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17.12
Great work!Great work!http://sphotos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/t1.0-9/p100x100/10514570_807898905907007_5499830968556920008_n.jpgFriends of Agnes FallsProgress Report, Tuesday 8 July 2014........Here they are! Some new picnic tables installed, looking great, and already in use!!(And the new toilet block almost finished.)View post | Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12.18
http://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfa1/t1.0-9/p100x100/10462472_767337893289357_4438508424688380133_n.jpgDEPI Loddon MalleeDEPI Land and Fire Officer, Tim, took these snaps at Gunbower recently, which show Reedy Lagoon filling with water due to the North Central CMA's environmental watering.Just a reminder if you're heading to Gunbower for school holidays or to have a squiz at how the Forest looks with the environmental watering, that some roads and tracks may be closed.However, access to the forest is still available on the higher elevated areas including the River Track and Koondrook Track.To find out exactly how you can get to the perfect campsite, check the public access map on DEPI's website http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/forestry-and-land-use/visiting-parks-and-forests/visiting-state-forests/public-access-map or call DEPI on 136 186 orParks Victoria on 13 1963.To minimise risk to public safety and prevent damage to roads, some roads and tracks will be closed during the environmental water delivery. These roads will be progressively reopened as water subsides. Penalties apply for breaching road closures, damaging gates or driving off-road.For information about environmental watering, contact the North Central CMA on 03 5448 7124 or www.nccma.vic.gov.au.View post | Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09.28