ClimateWatch trails

Assist scientists to collect and record data on the seasonal behaviour of plants and animals along popular walking trails.

ClimateWatch trails

ClimateWatch was developed by Earthwatch Australia with the Bureau of Meteorology and University of Melbourne to understand how changes in temperature and rainfall are affecting the seasonal behaviour of Australia's plants and animals. This is the first continental phenology project in the Southern Hemisphere. ClimateWatch enables every Australian to be involved in collecting and recording data that will help shape the country’s scientific response to climate change.

  1. Download the app
    Download and install the free app on your smart device via your app store
    Google Play | Apple Store
  2. Register
    Register your own user account with your email address
  3. Start
    Walk one of our local trails and start recording your observations.

Maroochy Wetlands SanctuaryCurrimundi Lake 'Loop the Lake'Kawana Forest Nature Trail

The trail runs along the boardwalk through wet and dry eucalypt forests, rainforest, melaleuca forest, casuarina woodland, salt marsh and mangroves.

The 4 km loop starts on the banks of Lake Currimundi leading to a beautiful open beach and looping back into unique coastal bushland.

To participate in upcoming guided ClimateWatch trail walks register your interest here.

The Trail leads you through the southern portion of Kawana Forest Bushland Reserve located to the west of Kawana Way in Meridan Plains.

To participate in upcoming guided ClimateWatch trail walks register your interest here.

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Free education resources

ClimateWatch trails can be incorporated into a school excursion. Taking part in citizen science by monitoring and recording plant and animal behaviour aligns to the science stream of the national curriculum.

Earthwatch and Cool Australia have developed free teacher and lesson resources that are mapped to the Australian curriculum. View them on the ClimateWatch website.

Image credit: Eastern yellow robin by David Cooke Wildlife Photography (left), orchard swallowtail female by Lisa Ryan (centre) and broad-leaved paperbark by Lisa Ryan (right)