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Wetland Citizen Science Training in Bathurst

Updated: Aug 14, 2018

A chilly morning brought on some keen citizens from Bathurst to take part in the Training Day: Wetland Citizen Science Programs on Tuesday 29th May 2018 at Macquarie River in Bicentennial Park. AUSMAP was there!

The day was run by the Western Rivers Environmental Education Network (WREEN) with an aim to provide fun and innovative research programs for the community. 

Macquarie River at Bicentennial Park, Bathurst

The meet up around the waterbird tracking activity

The program included a number of activities such as 'Scum School' an algae monitoring workshop run by the University of Technology (UTS), waterbird tracking with the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), and of course measuring microplastics with AUSMAP. 


AUSMAP's program involved working with Dr Scott Wilson. He taught people about what microplastics are and how they get into our water systems, including Macquarie River. Next they got stuck into finding microplastics along the banks of the river, which involved placing a quadrat down, and taking the top 2cm of sediment and sifting it to see the microplastics left behind.

Getting stuck into finding microplastics along the bank of Macquarie River

Adding water helps move sediments through the sieve leaving microplastics behind

After sieving, the crew tipped out what was left in their sieve into a tray to identify and pick out microplastics. 

Dr Scott Wilson helping out with microplastic identification

Microplastic being identified and picked out to be recorded

Even with a cold start, those who came did a terrific job in collecting valuable microplastic data for AUSMAP, were treated with a well deserved morning tea and lunch provided by WREEN. I'm sure everyone who attended had fun and learnt lots!


Written by: Naomi Huynh (volunteer of AUSMAP)

Photos: Dr Scott Wilson

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AUSMAP is a program of the Total Environment Centre, with the generous support of initial funding from the Coca Cola Global Foundation.

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