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Citizen Science


How can you make a difference?

Undisputedly one of the most unique and beautiful places in the world, World Heritage Lord Howe Island is made up of 75% protected park preserve, encompassed in a marine park, and is as fascinating as it is beautiful. With a legacy of world class conservation projects under its belt, the latest project has been 10 years in the making and is the largest undertaking of its kind anywhere in the world.

Your involvement in our Conservation Volunteers LHI Program will assist in the species recovery of the world’s rarest insect as well as allowing you to participate in a program that will change the lives of critically endangered animals including the Lord Howe Island Phasmid and the Lord Howe Island Woodhen; all whilst enjoying the pristine natural environment of Lord Howe Island.

There are 4 options for independent surveys that can be done anytime as you explore the Island – these are:

Currawong Surveys

The Lord Howe Island Currawong is an endemic subspecies only found on the island, with an estimated population of 300. Researchers over the past few years have caught and banded many of these to ascertain their foraging range. If you see any Currawongs whilst you are out on the walking tracks and you are close enough to see the bands you can record these with the location sighted and bring the observations to the Museum. There are 3 bands, 2 on each leg so it is important to record left leg and right legs colours.

Fungi Survey

Fungi photo collection. Fungi are one of the most colourful objects you see on the forest floor and usually delight the walker who spots one. There are millions of different types of fungi throughout the world. The “mushroom” with a stalk and cap is what we often think of as a fungus, but they come in many sizes and a staggering array of shapes, textures and colours. Little is known about the fungi of Lord Howe Island, and this project is to collate photographs to archive for future identification.

Sea Slug Sensis

Surveys of nudibranchs and other sea slugs. Sea slugs are the most colourful of marine invertebrates and many species are short-lived and quite rare. Summer surveys located 75 species and these winter surveys will show what species are present all year, and maybe species present only in winter. Surveys involve searching areas in the Lagoon by snorkelling, and reef walking intertidal areas at low tide.

Bird ID Survey  

BirdLife Australia have teamed up with the Lord Howe Island Board and the Lord Howe Island Museum to set up a number of bird monitoring sites at well visited locations around the island. A combination of survey techniques have been adopted ranging from 20 minute searches to monitor the bushbirds and more general Area Searches for the waders and waterbirds. The data collected will flow into the BirdLife Australia Atlas and regular analyses undertaken to determine the health of the bird populations on the island.

If you are visiting the island, please try and visit as many of these sites as possible. A site guide has been produced that directs you to the sites, outlines the precise survey method required to carry out the surveys. Forms are available to collect your data on and these can be handed into the LHI Museum.