Eyes on Nature

Turning your passion into action!

28 Apr 2021

How can passionate people accelerate scientific research, protect endangered species, and clean up the environment? By becoming a volunteer! You can donate your unique knowledge and skillsets to an organisation and enable important projects to be carried out that would not otherwise be possible.

May 17-23 is national Volunteer Week, and the Authority is celebrating the people who have provided their time, effort and expertise to protect the Park’s environment. They have formed the backbone of many ecological monitoring projects by collecting long-term data, recording new species, installing nest boxes for birds, and removing thousands upon thousands of pieces of litter from our environment.

  • Since 2003, over 40 volunteers from Cumberland Bird Observers’ Club (CBOC) have donated hundreds of hours each year to survey birds across the Park. They have allowed the Authority to chart increases and declines of bird species and detected new or rare species at the Park. This year, volunteers spotted two critically endangered Eastern Curlew, an incredible highlight for the Park as the species was last seen in 2009.
  • The Australian Herpetological Society and the Frog and Tadpole Study Group have conducted surveys for reptiles and frogs respectively since 2005, providing information on the Park’s reptile and frog abundance.
  • Birdlife Australia volunteers set up and monitor EagleCAM each year, bringing life at the nest of a pair of White-bellied Sea-Eagles in the Park into the homes of an international audience.
  • The Avicultural Society of NSW installed numerous nest boxes for the Red-rumped Parrot in 2020; the birds bred twice this season, increasing the population of this focal species.
  • The Park’s fungi was documented for the first time in 2019 by mycologists from the Sydney Fungal Studies Group; volunteers returned for their second survey this month.
  • War on Waste – Newington and Wentworth Point volunteers have been cleaning the shores of Haslams Creek since 2019, removing plastics, Styrofoam and other environmental hazards from the urban waterway.
  • Microbat monitoring by specially qualified volunteers has been ongoing since 2008.
  • Volunteer contributions can be found in the Authority’s free e-book 20 Years of Healing: Delivering the ecological legacy of the Green Games which showcase conservation and restoration at the Park.

There is not enough room to list all of the contributions made by our volunteers, and the Authority is grateful for the support we have received over so many years. If you would like to become a volunteer, please visit the SOPA Volunteering page, or search for our projects at the NSW SEED Citizen Science Hub.


War on Waste – Newington and Wentworth Point volunteers clean up Haslams Creek every month

Sydney Fungal Studies Group volunteers photographing another new species for the Park

Red-rumped Parrot chick in a nest box donated and installed by the Avicultural Society of NSW