Take the City Nature Challenge

We have joined the 2021 City Nature Challenge and you can too. From 30 April to 3 May, become a citizen scientist and have fun connecting with nature. It’s as simple as taking photos of any wild plants and animals you see in Boroondara and uploading them to the iNaturalist app.

Run by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California Academy of Sciences, the City Nature Challenge is a global project to find and document plants and wildlife in cities.

By participating, you’ll show the world the amazing animals and plants that call Boroondara home, while also providing data for scientists working to better understand and protect nature.

We are joining forces with six councils in the Eastern Metropolitan region (Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Monash, Stonnington and Whitehorse) to take part in the challenge. In 2020, 244 cities in 40 countries took part in the challenge, with more than 41,000 individuals participating.

More than 815,000 observations were made and more than 32,000 species were recorded, including more than 1300 rare, endangered and threatened species.

To join the challenge, download the free iNaturalist app, look out for wild plants and animals and upload photographs of your sightings to the app between 30 April and 3 May. Council will be offering City Nature Challenge guided walks over the weekend of the challenge (bookings essential), where experts will be on hand to help you spot, learn about, and record your sightings.

Let’s show the world the incredible wildlife and plants.

For more information and to book visit City Nature Challenge.

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