Volunteering from your home office

on 14 Feb 2016 

Recently Bush Heritage Australia volunteer, Jaye Allan, undertook important work for the South West team from the comfort of her home in Geraldton over 800km away.

Jaye did a wonderful job at providing data-entry support to WA ecologist Angela Sanders. Jaye sifted through thousands of photos from Gondwana Link camera traps looking for key species. This imagery and data is essential to validating and supporting the work of Bush Heritage Australia.

Here Jaye describes the process and reflects on her experience:

"I was asked by Bush Heritage to do data logging from home. All I needed was a laptop, scanner and printer. BHA sent me an external hard drive with printable recording sheets, instructions, bird and animal ID photos and images.

Over a month or so, I zipped through thousands of photos for a few hours every day, recording what I saw, how many and how certain I was of the identification. Scenery included eucalyptus forest, shrubland, edges of paddocks and day and night shots. Animals included wallabies and kangaroos, emus and other birds, lizards and small mammals.

I especially loved curious kangaroos and absolutely zany currawongs, which more than made up for foxes, cats and rabbits.

I'd recommend it for observant and patient people, who'd like a front row seat on bush animal behaviour without leaving their lounge room".

Bush Heritage has a diverse volunteer program. We strive to develop different and innovative ways of engaging volunteers in rewarding projects. We would like to thank all of our volunteers who continue to amaze and inspire us with their incredible contributions to conserving the Australian environment.