Science for All

Wild DNA

Our dream is to involve the public in collecting data to support evidence-based environmental management.

Working with experts, we have trained volunteers to collect and analyse environmental DNA samples from critically endangered species in the Victorian Central Highlands. We will be looking for Greater Gliders, Leadbeater Possums, a freshwater fish called a Barred Galaxis - and a final species to be decided by the public, in transparent consultation with experts. This knowledge will help inform evidence-based management of natural heritage and help preserve Victoria's unique biodiversity.

We have run free events in Marysville, Heallesville and Toolangi, training local people how to collect environmental DNA samples. All learning from this project will be shared publicly, open access, for free.

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