Announcing the Dead Tree Detective – a citizen science effort to track tree death in Australia.
Around the world, there are increasing reports of tree death from drought and heatwaves. But what about Australia’s trees? Although they can seem remarkably resilient, they are also prone to large-scale dieback. Scientists are still trying to understand the causes and thresholds for this dieback, but we need more on-the-ground observations. After all – if a tree falls in the forest, and no-one is around is around to hear it, did it really die?
The Dead Tree Detective (www.tinyurl.com/deadtreedetective) is hosted by the Atlas of Living Australia’s Biocollect platform. If you notice dead or dying trees in your area, simply upload a photograph with the date and location, then answer a few questions to help identify the possible causes. If you like, revisit the location in following months to document whether trees recover or not.