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POTENTIAL citizen scientists in the Avon Valley recently attended a workshop in Northam, run by BirdLife Australia and hosted by Wheatbelt NRM.

The workshop prepared residents to participate in the Great Cocky Count, covering identification, breeding and habitat range of black-cockatoos.

The Great Cocky Count is an annual survey of black-cockatoo numbers across Western Australia and is now one of Australia’s largest citizen science projects.

The focus is on the endangered Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris), but the vulnerable Baudin’s Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus baudinii) and Forest Red-Tailed Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii naso) are also counted.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.sciencewa.net.au

Citizen Science is a terrific engagement strategy – hands-on science contributing to the global knowledge bank.   More schools could engage with this type of operation to build interest, engagement and understanding of science.

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