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Human Research Ethics Committee approval number: H-2017-223
Principal Investigator: Associate Professor Patrick O'Connor

Thank you for your interest in this survey of 'out of the ordinary' ecological phenomena in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

Study purpose and how your information will be used

Researchers at the University of Adelaide aim to use this survey to tell the story of 'out of the ordinary' ecological phenomena observed in the past year and to use the study findings to inform conservation planning.

The study recognises and draws on the extensive knowledge of field naturalists in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

Information collected by this study will be stored securely. It will be temporarily stored online by the online survey host SurveyMonkey, and once the survey has closed, electronic data will be stored at the University of Adelaide. Only the researchers will have access to identifying information provided by survey participants. Records will be maintained for a minimum of five years after publication, as required by the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.

Results from this study may be reported to participants, funding bodies, interest groups and in one or more peer reviewed papers. However, personal information will remain confidential to the study and results will be reported such that no individual can be identified.

If you choose to provide your email contact details, the researchers may contact you regarding the information you provided for the study, to report on the results of the study, and/or to invite you to participate in future research.

What's involved

Please use the survey to report your observations (first-hand observations only) of ecological phenomena made between 1st July 2016 and 30th September 2017.

Once you have completed the questions for one phenomenon, you will be asked if you would like to record additional observations. Additional observations can be recorded at that time by simply following the online survey prompts, or at a later time, by returning to the start of the survey at your convenience. You are encouraged to record observations for as many 'out of the ordinary' ecological phenomena as you wish.

We estimate the survey will take between 10 and 30 minutes to complete depending on the number of phenomena you wish to report.

The final date for entering your observations is 5th March 2018.

Participants may value the opportunity to share their observations, but beyond that there are no direct benefits from participation. It is possible that some participants may experience discomfort as a result of recalling observations of unusual ecological phenomena and considering the responses made to these phenomena. If you have any concerns, please contact the researchers using the contact details provided below.

Questions, concerns or complaints?

If you have any concerns or questions about completing the survey, please contact the researchers, Patrick O'Connor, Melissa McCallum and Anthelia Bond by email uep_survey@adelaide.edu.au or phone +61 8 8313 1039.

If you would like to speak with an independent person about concerns or a complaint, the University’s policy on research involving human participants, or your rights as a participant please contact the Human Research Ethics Committee’s Secretariat on phone +61 8 8313 6028 or by email to hrec@adelaide.edu.au.

Get started

By submitting your responses to this online survey you acknowledge that you

· are 18 years or older,
· live in Australia,
· and give your consent to participate in the study.

Participation is voluntary and you can choose to withdraw from the study at any time before the research is published.

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