Farm Dams Project

A research and citizen science project to understand the diversity of freshwater life that farm dams support

 

Background

Get involved

Landholder Data Collection Pack

Timeline

Contact Details

Frequently Asked Questions

Background

Southwestern Australia contains freshwater species found nowhere else in the world, but the climate is drying. Streams and wetlands that used to contain water all year round now dry out in summer-autumn and there are fewer and fewer permanent waterbodies. In summer-autumn, farm dams provide the majority of freshwater habitat present in the Perth Hills landscape. As a result, farm dams may provide an important refuge from drying for freshwater species.

 This project aims to:

Researchers from Murdoch University will be visiting farm dams to identify plants, invertebrates and tadpoles. Landholders and other volunteers will be citizen scientists, recording data on waterbird and frog usage of dams.

The project is a collaboration between the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) and Murdoch University and is jointly funded by Lotterywest, the EMRC and Murdoch University.

 

Get involved

Nominate your property as a data collection site and contribute valuable data to the project. We need both on-stream and off-stream dams with permanent water.

 

What will landholders get out of the project?

 If you would like to participate in the project it is important to nominate your property as soon as possible.

 

Landholder Data Collection Pack

Those Farm Dam Project participants that have attended a workshop will have these documents in hard copy. 

Document

Description

Using the FrogID app

A short guide with instructions on how to use the frog identification smartphone app, including details on how to log in.

Using the Birdata app

A short guide with instructions on how to use the bird identification smartphone app, including details on how to log in.

Farm Dams Bird Observations: Spring 2018 

A data sheet to collect bird data for if you do not have access to a smartphone. This data can be logged at a desktop computer or sent to the EMRC. This option is not available for the Frog identification.

Waterbirds of the Eastern Metropolitan Region

 Identification guide of waterbirds in the Eastern Metropolitan Region, including photos.

 

Timeline

Event or activity

Date

Who

2018 Spring data collection - frog and bird 

  • a minimum of 4 x 20 minute collection periods for each birds and frogs (per dam being studied)
  • data logged via app, entered online or mailed to the EMRC

Once you have received your Dam ID No. and once the Birdata log-in has been sent to you - Friday 30 November

 

Data to be sent in by 30 November

Landholder

2018 Spring data collection - plants, invertebrates, tadpoles and abiotic characteristics

  • one of two times that Murdoch University will visit your dam/s and collect data

September 8 – November 2018 landholders will be contacted to organise Murdoch University to do site visits for data collection

Murdoch University researchers

2019 Autumn data collection - frog and bird 

  • a minimum of 4 x 20 minute collection periods for each birds and frogs (per dam being studied)
  • data logged via app, entered online or mailed to the EMRC

March – May 2019

 

Data to be sent in by 31 May

Landholder

2019 Autumn data collection - plants, invertebrates, tadpoles and abiotic characteristics

  • the second and final time Murdoch University will visit your dam/s and collect data

March-May 2019 –landholders will be contacted to organise Murdoch University to do site visits for data collection

Murdoch University researchers

Farm dams workshop for landholders and other stakeholders - results!

July 2019

Landholders, researchers and the EMRC

 

Contact Details

Inquiries related to:

Contact:

General enquires (about the workshops, how to get involved, etc.)

Karen Warner, NRM Coordinator, EMRC

karen.warner@emrc.org.au

(08) 9424 2242

Murdoch University and their site visits 

Ed Chester

Frog ID App problems (i.e. with logging in)

Adam Woods, Science Communications and Project Coordinator: FrogID | Australian Museum Research Institute

adam.woods@austmus.gov.au

61 2 9320 6242

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

FAQs will be added as the project progresses.