The Earthwatch team have been busy creating new ClimateWatch monitoring trails across Australia, including the first sub-alpine trail at Mount Buffalo National Park.

Mt Buffalo has high vegetation biodiversity. It's sensitive, sub-alpine grassland and woodland plant communities are at high risk from the impacts of climate change and pest species.

Earthwatch, in collaboration with Parks Victoria, selected new ClimateWatch indicator species common along the lakeside of the Lake Catani walk to monitor for seasonal changes. The Lake Catani Lakeside Walk is a grade 3 track at Mount Buffalo which is easily accessible for day-visitors. If you are bushwalking or on holiday in the area please visit Lake Catani to monitor sub-alpine species such as Flame Robin and Mountain Grevillea, though you can record your ClimateWatch observations anywhere in the park itself. 

In mid-October of 2019 Earthwatch recorded the first flowering event for Mountain Purple-pea, or Alpine Rusty-pods (Hovea montana). We're keen to receive observations on the flowering status of this species and others at Lake Catani.

Get Involved

Do you want your school to get involved in citizen science monitoring with our ClimateWatch program?

Check out our ClimateWatch in Parks initiative and our free curriculum resources

And why not join us for a free ClimateWatch guided walk over spring in numerous parks across Victoria.