Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Citizen science

'Life on the edge - Citizen science (Mangrove watch)' Nicola Moss ©2013. Synthetic polymer paint, natural ochre, charcoal frottage, hand cut papers. Courtesy of SGAR.

Over the past few years I have had the opportunity of joining in activities with many volunteers in Redlands. Collecting native seeds for propagation with bush care groups managed by Indigiscapes; sighting and recording bird species with the monthly bird watching group; and learning a little about the Seagrass Watch program in a muddy encounter at Ormiston. Each outing has been a rewarding experience, getting to know a few of the locals, who are happy to share the wealth of knowledge they have about their local environments. It's also rewarding to contribute in a small way to the valuing of environments and the regions rich biodiversity. My first exhibition at Redland Art Gallery, Plant-Life featured several works exploring the activities and sites of mainland bush care groups. In With or without I have turned my attention to the intertidal zones and water ways of the Moreton Bay Marine Park.

Mangrove Watch in Moreton Bay is a partnership between the scientific community and community volunteers who undertake training and collect data. The monitoring and collected data from this citizen science program helps with determining change, which is essential for good management of the mangroves environment.

Many of the programs are easy to get involved with, links are attached.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Nicola, this came up in our web alerts. Great Work! I think "Life on the edge" is the first piece of artwork dedicated to the MangroveWatch method. If possible, we would like to post this on our website, with appropriate links etc. Thanks
    Jock Mackenzie
    MangroveWatch Coordinator
    JCU, Townsville.