Citizen science brings together people and science, to create a better future for nature and people. 

Join the bandi-wagon

It’s an opportunity for anyone to get to know and look after the natural worldRegardless of where you’re from, or where you live, all it takes is curiosity, a sense of wonder and a bit of time. 

Through citizen science activities, you can gather observations and data and share it easily with researchers, playing a role in reviewing information for research teams who are doing the vital work of informing how recovery projects should work.  

What do you need to become a citizen scientist? Just your desire to take action for nature. Some projects take place out in the field, but you can also join our expeditions online from a computer or phone. 

CVA creates citizen science volunteer opportunities for people to develop a deeper understanding and connection with our natural world. We’re dedicated to being a catalyst for change through citizen science opportunities that are accessible online and on the ground as part of long-term initiatives supporting Australian native habitat, threatened species, and building biodiversity through people taking action for nature. We’re proud members of The Australian Citizen Science Association.

Whether you’re monitoring, reviewing and identifying what threatened species are found in different parts of the country, eliminating litter from your local environment, or collecting data to assist with finding patterns and trends in the natural world – you can be a citizen scientist in your own backyard.  

Ready to start your citizen science journey?

Great, we’re happy to have you join us! As a citizen scientist, you’ll be contributing valuable data to be peer reviewed and added to the Atlas of Living Australia database – helping us, land managers, researchers, scientists and our collaborators undertake impactful action to restore habitat and protect the future of our unique native species. 

Simply register below and we will send you an email with how to start your journey as a CVA citizen scientist on the DigiVol Wildlife Spotter platform. 

What is DigiVol?

CVA has created a channel on the DigiVol Wildlife Spotter platform for online citizen scientists to help us review and identify animals recorded as part of our camera trap monitoring work across Australia. DigiVol is a collaboration between Australian Museum and the Atlas of Living Australia so you know your efforts are going to a good home.
Through the CVA channel on DigiVol, you can take part in DigiVol Wildlife Spotter expeditions to help identify and verify the presence, and absence, of native species and introduced species captured by our camera traps. This helps us to build a deep understanding of the success of our work, and health of target species such as the Eastern Barred Bandicoot and Koalasas well as assisting with the recovery and revegetation of peri-urban bushlandand fire and drought impacted bushlands. 

To become a CVA Citizen Scientist on DigiVol, simply register your interest below and we’ll send you an email with the next steps!

How are we using citizen science to protect one of our most endangered species, the Eastern Barred Bandicoot? 

The Eastern Barred Bandicoot (EBB) is not only a precious and endangered Australian species, but it’s an “ecosystem engineer” vital in the health of the environment it lives in. Through their natural digging and foraging activities, the bandicoots help disperse seeds, and assist new plants to spread. 

Why is CVA focusing on protecting the EBB? Because loss of woody grassland habitat and invasive predator species are contributing to a fast decline in numbers of these unique mammals. 

CVA is working to rejuvenate one of the last pockets of native grasslands in Victoria, The Woodlands Historic Park, at the Eastern barred bandicoot sanctuary where replanting herbaceous plants such as wildflowers, orchids which will encourage a wider variety of invertebrates. These will in turn become food for the Eastern Barred Bandicoots who will then be able to rebuild their new homes and habitats in the grasslands. 

How can citizen scientists help? We invite anyone and everyone to our monitoring days which are important for our recovery team on the ground to capture important details on the current bandicoot populations. Mark and release monitoring allows our experts to weigh, measure and microchip the bandicoots that call Woodlands home. As a volunteer on this day, you will experience life as a ranger, while assisting our local conservation heroes with this important wildlife monitoring. 

Ready to join the bandi-wagon and lend a helping hand? Just sign up below, and we’ll send you the details to get started.


Sign up to be a CVA Citizen Scientist

The Great Southern BioBlitz

From 22-25 October we're offering you the opportunity to join the southern hemisphere's biggest citizen science activity! With in person events in some states, and an awesome Backyard BioBlitz option for the others - find out more now and get involved!