As part of the monthly series of Citizen Science talks, get involved with data collection around the thriving brush turkey.
Loved by birdwatchers and despised by gardeners, the brush turkey continues to invade urban areas along Australia’s east coast. No longer over-hunted, they’re now common throughout Sydney. But how they’re going strong in a hostile urban environment is a complete mystery.
The new Brush Turkeys: Birds in Suburbia app facilitates people all over Australia to record brush turkey sightings in their local area, along with their nests, roosts, and behaviours. This award-winning app was developed by the University of Sydney, Taronga Conservation Society and the Royal Botanic Garden.
Hear why the app was developed and the findings so far from project lead Matthew Hall. He’ll teach you to use the app, some basic data collection skills and how you can get involved with the project to make a real impact on research and conservation. Find out how your data will help scientists shed light on the way this resilient species is adapting to city living.
Presented in partnership with the Australian Citizen Science Association.
As an ecology PhD student at The University of Sydney, Matthew focuses on understanding how wildlife can survive in the big city. Project lead for the app, he’s researching how brush turkeys are spreading in suburbia, their behaviour changes in response to urbanisation, and impacts on their environment.
Australian Citizen Science Association (ACSA)
Formed in 2014, this member-based community supports, informs and develops citizen science through sharing knowledge, collaboration, capacity building and advocacy.
This is a free event. Bookings recommended as places are limited.
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