WATCH US: Northern Rivers Dolphin Watchers is looking for volunteers to collect data on the much-loved marine mammals.
WATCH US: Northern Rivers Dolphin Watchers is looking for volunteers to collect data on the much-loved marine mammals. Dolphin Research Australia

Citizen scientists to count Byron and Ballina's dolphins

CALLING all citizen scientists who like watching dolphins.

Local marine conservation charity, Dolphin Research Australia, is looking for volunteers to take part in a series of dolphin population surveys to be conducted along the coastline at observation points between Byron Bay and Ballina.

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Under the direction of Dr Liz Hawkins, who has been researching dolphins for 15 years, the charity is looking for people to conduct field surveys covering the Cape Byron Marine Park, observing and tracking dolphins from the land.

"It is the first extensive land survey we have done in 10 years and the observations made will assist in determining if there have been any changes in the habitat use of dolphins in the region," Dr Hawkins said.

There will be a Dolphin Ecology and Conservation workshop on Monday, March 23 from 6.30-8.30pm at the Byron Bay Services Club.

The workshop will provide a detailed look into the wild lives of dolphins and findings from the past 15 years.



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