Become a citizen scientist and help protect our native flora and fauna.
City Nature Challenge
This global program gathers data for scientists by documenting animals and plants throughout Melbourne and around the world.
The 4 day challenge runs from late April to early May each year.
You will record wild plants and animals you find across Boroondara using the iNaturalist app.
Watch these webinars to get prepared for the challenge and learn to use the iNaturalist app:
- Exploring the world of invertebrates and fungi-external site
- Leaves, feathers and scales: the macro world-external site.
Visit our news page to discover the local events we are running over the weekend of the challenge.
You can also learn more about the global challenge at the City Nature Challenge website-external site.
Great Southern Bioblitz
This is the largest biological survey in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Great Southern Bioblitz runs in October each year.
You will record wild plants and animals you find using the iNaturalist app.
For more information and to take part, visit the Great Southern Bioblitz website-external site.
Melbourne Water Frog Census
This program collects data to help Melbourne Water manage frog populations.
Frogs are important to our waterway ecosystems.
You can take part any time of year.
You will record frog calls and collect data to track local frog populations.
For more information and to take part, visit the Melbourne Water Frog Census website-external site.
Backyard Bird Count
This program helps:
- develop an understanding of local birds
- track important trends in bird communities
- monitor the health of our environment.
The count runs in October each year.
You will spend 20 minutes each day taking note of all the birds you see and hear in your favourite outdoor space.
For more information and to take part, visit the Aussie Backyard Bird Count website-external site.
National Waterbug Blitz
This program tracks waterbugs at your local creek, river or wetland.
This helps us identify water bodies that might need help.
The waterbugs found in our creeks, rivers and wetlands tell us a lot about the health of these water bodies.
You can take part any time of the year.
For more information and to take part, visit the National Waterbug Blitz website-external site.
Wild Pollinator Count
This count helps experts understand and protect wild pollinators.
The count runs twice a year for one week, during spring and autumn.
You will help build a database of activity, by counting:
- other pollinator species.
For more information and to take part, visit the Wild Pollinator Count website-external site.
Contribute to biodiversity science anytime by observing and recording our plants and animals.
Visit the iNaturalist Australia website-external site to download the app or find out more.
Find more groups and organisations working to protect our native plants and wildlife.
- Birdlife Australia-external site
- Earthwatch Institute-external site
- ClimateWatch-external site
- Australasian Bat Society-external site
- The Melbourne Mega Bat Count-external site
- Australian Platypus Conservancy-external site
- Indigenous Flora and Fauna Association-external site
- NatureWatch-external site
- Victorian Environment Friends Network-external site
- Victorian Indigenous Nursery Co-operative-external site