WESFARMERS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2018

Bunnings builds citizen science capability with Frog ID

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Throughout the year Bunnings supported the Australian Museum’s Frog ID initiative as part of its decade-long Schools Sustainability Program, helping to build 140 frog ponds with students.

The initiative seeks to raise awareness about the decline in frog species and to track changes in frog populations using the Frog ID app. Bunnings’ involvement took the citizen science project to a new level with team members helping to construct ‘frog friendly’ environments with local schools, allowing students to monitor the pond and attract and identify frogs.

Schools were also provided with Australian Museum educational resources which can be integrated into the science curriculum. 

In the first year of support, the initiative helped to identify 66,000 frog calls and detected 28 globally threatened species. Several Bunnings stores also hosted Frog ID Scientist Workshops which saw experts from the Australian Museum provide information on frog biodiversity. The program in its current format will run for another two years.