Boroondara has joined the 2021 City Nature Challenge. You can join the challenge too and help document the amazing biodiversity in Boroondara.

All you need to do is take photos of any wild plants and animals (either indigenous or introduced) you see anywhere in Boroondara between 30 April and 3 May and upload them to the iNaturalist app.

The City Nature Challenge is a global citizen science competition run by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California Academy of Sciences. 

We are joining forces with 7 other councils in the Eastern Metropolitan region to collectively take part in the challenge as the ‘Melbourne Eastern Metropolitan Area’. This includes: Greater Dandenong, Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Monash, Stonnington and Whitehorse.

Our ‘city’ will compete with others around the world to make the most observations of plants, animals and fungi over 4 days. 

In 2020, there were 244 ‘cities’ from across 40 countries who took part in the challenge with more than:

  • 41,000 individuals participating. 
  • 815,000 observations
  • 32,000 species recorded - including over 1,300 rare, endangered and threatened species. 

This is your chance to show the world the amazing animals and plants of Boroondara and help create research quality data for scientists who are working to better understand and protect nature. Data collected as part of the City Nature Challenge may be used in scientific publications or by Council to help us better understand and manage our local biodiversity.

    How to join

    To join the challenge, download the iNaturalist app and upload your sightings between 30 April to 3 May.

    You can also join our fun Boroondara City Nature Challenge guided ‘bioblitz’ walks running over the weekend of the challenge and access iNaturalist training sessions.

    Key dates

    City Nature Challenge key dates:

    • April 30 - May 3 - Make and share observations
    • May 4 to 9 - Get all your observations uploaded and work on identifying
    • May 10 - Results announced

    Upcoming events

    Free iNaturalist app training session

    Register for a free iNaturalist app training session. Online event jointly hosted by City of Boroondara and City of Stonnington.

    Watch the Zoom session from Tuesday 20 April

    We aim to ensure that people have equal access to public events. If you need alternative formats or other reasonable adjustments, please contact us so that we can make arrangements where possible.

    Free wildlife show for students and schools

    Join this live native animal show and get your students excited for the City Nature Challenge. 

    Register for 2.30pm to 3.30pm on Thursday 29 April

    Free spotlighting tours

    The City of Boroondara invites you to join us for an evening of night time nature spotting.

    Register for 6pm to 7.15pm on Friday 30 April

    Register for 7.45pm to 9pm on Friday 30 April 

    Free guided nature walks

    The City of Boroondara invites you to come along and join a morning of nature spotting led by a range of experts.

    Register for 8am to 9.30am on Saturday 1 May

    Register for 10am to 11.30am on Saturday 1 May

    More information

    For more information email [email protected] or call (03) 9278 4060.
    Learn more about the City Nature Challenge.

    These events have been registered with the Victorian Government and a COVIDSafe Event Checklist completed.

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