Citizen Science Project
On Friday 17th March, Brittany Doolan, Angus Lambert and Liam Russell participated in a Citizen Science Project at the Warrumbungles National Park Environmental Education Centre. The project was established to monitor the water quality in the creeks of the park following the 2013 bushfire. The students worked with scientists from the Office of Environment and Heritage to collect water samples for chemical analysis and they collected and sorted macroinvertebrates. Students learnt the importance of controlling variables when taking samples, the need to avoid contamination while collecting samples and how macroinvertebrates can be used to determine water quality. The scientists also described the changes they have observed in the creek during the 4 years of the project noting that the creek is showing signs of recovery.