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Become a citizen scientist and help scientists protect our native flora and fauna. There are a range of programs that run throughout the year - from the City Nature Challenge to the Backyard Bird Count and more.

We hold a number of community workshops and events to support citizen science initiatives. Sign up to our Living for the Future e-newsletter to get updates about these events and other sustainability news.

City Nature Challenge

The City Nature Challenge helps create useful data for scientists by documenting the amazing animals and plants of Greater Melbourne.

When

This four-day challenge runs in April each year.

What you'll be doing

All you need to do is take photos of any wild plants and animals you see in Boroondara during the challenge period and upload them to the iNaturalist app.

How to participate

For more information about the program and to find dates, visit the City Nature Challenge website

Great Southern Bioblitz

The Great Southern Bioblitz is the largest biological survey in the Southern Hemisphere. By participating, you'll help document the amazing biodiversity in Boroondara and provide valuable research data for scientists.

When

The Great Southern Bioblitz runs in late October each year.

What you'll be doing

If you participate, you'll be recording the wild plants and animals you find over this four-day period using the iNaturalist app

How to participate

For more information about the program and how to participate, visit the Great Southern Bioblitz website.

Melbourne Water Frog Census

Frogs play an important role in our waterway ecosystems, but they're easily affected by changes to their environment. This community frog monitoring program collects data to help Melbourne Water manage frog populations and raise awareness of waterway health issues.

When

You can participate in the Melbourne Water community frog monitoring program any time of year.

What you'll be doing

If you participate, you'll be recording frog calls and collecting data that will be used to help monitor and protect our local frog populations. 

How to participate

For more information about the census and how you can participate, visit the Melbourne Water Frog Census website

Backyard Bird Count 

Join the Backyard Bird Count and help develop an understanding of local birds, monitor important trends in our bird communities and the health of our environment. 

When

The Backyard Bird Count runs in October each year. 

What you'll be doing

If you participate in the Backyard Bird Count, you'll be spending 20 minutes each day of the count noting down all the birds you see and hear in your favourite outdoor space. 

How to participate

For more information about the program and how you can participate, visit the Aussie Backyard Bird Count website.

National Waterbug Blitz

The type and number of waterbugs found in our creeks, rivers and wetlands can tell us a lot about the health of our local waterways. The first nationwide waterway monitoring program aims to help flag the waterbodies that might need help.

When

You can participate in the National Waterbug Blitz any time of the year.

What you'll be doing

If you participate, you'll be identifying the water bugs your local water bodies contain using an app or your computer.

How to join

For more information about the program and how to participate, visit the National Waterbug Blitz website.

Wild Pollinator Count

Join the Wild Pollinator Count and help experts understand their ecology, how they are affected by human activities and contribute to wild pollinator insect conservation in Australia. 

When

The Wild Pollinator Count runs twice a year -  for a week during spring and in autumn. 

What you'll be doing

All you need to do to participate is count the bees, butterflies, beetles and other pollinator species in your area. You'll help build a database on wild pollinator activity.

How to participate

For more information about how you can participate, visit the Wild Pollinator Count website.

iNaturalist app - record our local biodiversity

Contribute to biodiversity science anytime, anywhere by observing and recording our plants and animals - from the rarest native bees to the most common backyard weeds. 

Data collected through the iNaturalist app is shared with scientific data repositories like the Global Biodiversity Information Facility to help scientists find and use your data.

Visit the iNaturalist Australia website to download the app or read more about the program.

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