Consider becoming a volunteer for scientific field trips

Calling all scientists who would like to get out into the field more and gain experience with remote field trip planning – consider joining the Scientific Expedition Group.

Scientific Officer Biological Data Helen Owens with Scientific Expedition Group members on a survey at Bimbowrie Conservation Park

An independently run group, the Scientific Expedition Group undertakes expeditions across the state led by scientific experts where volunteers get to survey mammals, reptiles, invertebrates, vegetation, birds and physical geography.

The data collected on each survey is archived with the relevant state scientific institutions.

The Scientific Expedition Group leads a major expedition to conduct a biodiversity survey each year over two weeks. In past years surveys have been undertaken in remote and incredible landscapes such as Witjira, Nullarbor and Witchelina, often in conjunction with groups such as Nature Foundation SA and DEW.

A number of DEW staff are members of the Scientific Expedition Group, including Scientific Officer Biological Data Helen Owens who credits the group with keeping her in touch with the issues faced by conservation groups.

‘The experiences and information I gain from belonging to the group are really useful in my DEW role,’ Helen said.

‘And as a young graduate I benefited greatly from involvement in field naturalist groups and the Scientific Expedition Group is an amazing community to belong to.’

The group’s annual general meeting will be held later this month at 7.30pm on 30 October at the Fullarton Community Centre with the guest speaker Dr. Tony Robinson presenting on ‘The Kangaroo Island Fires – A Year On’.

To find out more, including how to join, visit the website or email them

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Surveying is physical work: former manager of the DEW Biological Survey Program Tony Robinson surveys things up close