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brushtail in nb 208.wOperation Possum was a large-scale community based study of possums in South Australia.  This Citizen Science study was conducted by the Barbara Hardy Centre (UniSA) in conjunction with 891 ABC Adelaide radio between the 20th of August and the 20th of November, 2008.

fauNature's James Smith assisted the Barbara Hardy Centre researchers and 891 ABC staff in formulating and delivering this exciting program.

All South Australians were invited to participate in this research via an online survey. People also participated by sending in stories, pictures and photos. A broad range of educational materials were developed by UniSA and fauNature for Operation Possum, and schools wrote reports on their findings.

For information about possums and how they interact with people, visit the Operation Possum web pages:

Click here to go to 891 ABC Adelaide's Operation Possum web-pages.

The Operation Possum survey is still online, although the Barbara Hardy Centre staff are no longer collecting data for analysis.  If you are interested in the survey:

Click here to work through the Operation Possum survey

The data collected during Operation Possum, from over 2,300 surveys, is currently being analysed, and results will be published soon.

For more information about the Barbara Hardy Centre or their Citizen Science projects, please contact Philip Roetman.

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