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Citizen Science Programmes

Introduction

Citizen science refers to the participation of the community in organised research endeavours. Data derived from these projects informs decision makers about our biodiversity and helps to formulate conservation strategies. Help from citizen scientists enables the collection of large amounts of data, and in return, they get to learn more about our biodiversity!

 

There is a variety of citizen science initiatives available to the public and school groups. Some programmes focus on the marine environment, such as the TeamSeaGrass, Marine Eco-toxicity Biomonitoring Programme and the Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey.

 

Others, such as the Butterfly Watch, Dragonfly Watch, Garden Bird Watch and Heron Watch target specific groups of animals. Find out more about these programmes and become a citizen scientist today!

 

Calendar of Citizen Science Events

2018

January

13 - 21 Jan: Heron Watch

March

3 - 11 Mar: Dragonfly Watch

April

14 - 22 Apr: Garden Bird Watch

May

19 - 27 May: Butterfly Watch

July

21 - 29 Jul: Heron Watch

August

28 Jul - 5 Aug: Dragonfly Watch

September

15 - 23 Sep: Butterfly Watch

November

3 - 11 Nov: Garden Bird Watch

 

Citizen Science Programmes for Schools

 

Citizen science programmes for schools can be found here.

 

Citizen Science Programmes for the Public

 
Bird count image
Photo credit: Samson Chan

Garden Bird Watch

Members of the public are invited to participate in this island-wide effort to survey common birds in our parks. Data collected from this study will help us to better understand the abundance and distribution of these birds. 

Visit the Garden Bird Watch page for more information.

Frequency: Twice per year

Training: Provided



Photo credit: Ang Wee Foong

Butterfly Watch

Members of the community are invited to participate in this island-wide effort to gather data on common butterflies in our parks. The information gained from this study will help us better document trends in the abundance and distribution of butterflies.

Visit the Butterfly Watch page for more information.

Frequency: Twice per year

Training: Provided



Photo credit: Robin Ngiam

Dragonfly Watch

Members of the community are invited to participate in this island-wide effort to gather data on common dragonflies and damselflies in our parks. The information gained from this study will help us better understand the abundance and distribution of our native dragonflies and damselflies.

Visit the Dragonfly Watch page for more information.

Frequency: Twice per year

Training: Provided


Heron Watch

Members of the community are invited to participate in an island-wide survey to monitor the distribution and abundance of 18 species of herons at their feeding sites. 

Visit the Heron Watch page for more information.

Frequency: Twice per year

Training: Provided


Shorebird Sighting Records

Members of the public are invited to report their sightings of flagged shorebirds to david_li@nparks.gov.sg or through the SGBioAtlas App. Data collected from this study will help us to understand the movement and lifespan of the individual birds.

Frequency: Ad hoc

Training: Not required



Photo credit: Siti Maryam Yaakub

Seagrass Monitoring with TeamSeaGrass

This project is a joint collaboration between TeamSeaGrass and NParks. Participants are involved in seagrass surveys to monitor the health of these ecosystems. 

Contact lim_li-feng@nparks.gov.sg for more information regarding this programme.

Frequency: Multiple sessions per year

Training: Provided


Reef Monitoring with Blue Water Volunteers

This project is a joint collaboration between Blue Water Volunteers and NParks. Participants help to monitor the health of the coral reefs in the islands south of Singapore and document their biodiversity. 

Contact jeffrey_low@nparks.gov.sg for more information regarding this programme.

Frequency: Multiple sessions per year

Training: Provided


BioBlitz

Members of the public are invited to join a team of naturalists to conduct an intensive field study to document the diversity of flora and fauna within a park over a specified period of time.

 

Visit the BioBiltz page for more information.

 

 

Intertidal Watch

 

Intertidal Watch

Intertidal Watch is a citizen science programme that engages park managers, students and volunteers to document and monitor the biodiversity of intertidal habitats in Singapore. The main objective of this programme is to collect long-term quantitative data to facilitate science-based decision-making and management of Singapore’s coastal areas. The programme will also provide information and opportunities for public outreach and educational activities.

Contact Intertidal_Watch@nparks.gov.sg for more information regarding this programme.

Frequency: Multiple sessions per year

Training: Provided


Citizen Science Programmes for Schools


Greening Schools for Biodiversity

This programme involves students conducting biodiversity audits around their school campus, identifying suitable plants to increase biodiversity, and then planting these targeted species. 

 

Visit the Greening Schools for Biodiversity page for more information.

 

Frequency: Once per year

Training: Provided


Marine Eco-toxicology Biomonitoring Programme

Students are trained to monitor the levels of eco-toxicity in the coastal areas in Singapore, using green mussels (Perna viridis) left in the field. Changes in these parameters over time will indicate changes to the water conditions, potentially serving as a warning system for pollutants and contamination. This programme is sponsored by KOSÉ Singapore. 

 

Visit the Marine Eco-toxicology Biomonitoring Programme page for more information.

 

Frequency: Once per year

Training: Provided

 

Last updated on 21 May 2018

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