The Roebuck Bay Working Group (RBWG) in partnership with Nyamba Yawuru Buru, will be running a series of Science Talks in Broome during 2014.
The first talk on the 7 March at 7pm at Broome Public Library will be delivered by Associate Professor Lars Bejder on the use of smart-phones to record and share observations of animal encountered in the natural environment.
“The sighting records of dolphins, whales, dugongs, sharks, rays, turtles, crocodiles or seabirds, will be automatically uploaded into a real time mapping system on a dedicated website via the use of the smart-phone apps,” Ms Curran said.
The citizen-gathered information will be valuable for managing and understanding Broome’s remarkable coast.
The April science talk will be equally fascinating, with PhD researcher Alex Brown explaining his research findings on the Australian snubfin dolphin.
Other science topics in the program include jellyfish and turtles, stormwater and groundwater studies, how Broome’s new coastal conservation estates and Marine Park will be managed, and what the predictions are for cyclones and storm surges in Broome from a changing climate.
The community science talks are being sponsored by Inspiring Australia and Rangelands RNM.
For more information, contact Kandy Curran by email. Visit the RBWG Facebook page.