Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of swans with number tags on their neck. I assume these things happen when you leave the house more frequently 😉
Seriously, I’ve been visiting the western suburbs of Melbourne a bit more. I saw a swan with a name tag on it at Truganina and decided to go through my records so I could submit the data.
I’m always uncertain when contributing to citizen science projects, but this was actually fun. When I sent in the details, I was taken to a page which showed more information about the specific swan. I got to see the other places it had been sighted, how old it was and whether it was with another bird.
It’s almost not worth writing about. However, it made me feel more connected with the swans and the project. If you want people to care about your cause, or your study, you need to give them a reason to care. I want to help more with citizen science but I am time poor and a newbie. This process is something that people should try to emulate.
Learn more at MySwan.Org.au