Here’s an interesting link to a national online survey being conducted by the CSIRO and the Department of the Environment and Energy.
The survey will help gain an understanding of how Australia’s bushland and biodiversity has been changing in recent years, and whether the 1°C increase in surface temperature experienced over the past century may have contributed to these changes.
Since many of our members you have a strong, long-term relationship with the land and care about the future of Australia’s special species, the CSIRO would love to hear from you.
The survey will collect first hand observations, insights and stories about places that are changing and places that aren’t changing. For example, you may have observed new species appearing, plants flowering at unusual times, or trees dying in your area. This will provide a unique and important historical record for Australia. The scientists would really appreciate your participatation.
To participate, you would need to be able to select a natural area (e.g. your local region or farm, a Nature Reserve, urban bushland) that you have been familiar with for at least the last 10 years. Note that the survey is interested both in areas where change has been observed and where change has not been observed.
The survey would take about 30 minutes. If this has sparked your interest, additional information about the full project can be found here.