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Become a citizen scientist

20 Oct, 2021

Wodonga residents have an exciting opportunity to take part in a citizen science project spanning the Southern Hemisphere.

North East Catchment Management Authority is supporting the 2021 Great Southern BioBlitz in our region and needs our help.

You are invited to make observations of as many plants, animals and fungi as possible in your area from October 22 to 25 and upload them to the free iNatualist app.

This data is a valuable record of the presence and distribution of species.

A bioblitz is a snapshot study of a specific location, where scientists and the community work together to survey and record as many species as possible within a nominated timeframe – in this case 96 hours in your local time zone.

These observations can then be used by local environmental groups, government departments, students, and other organisations to increase biodiversity awareness, protect habitat, determine species distribution, increase scientific literacy, climate change research, and inform policy.

In 2020, the first event attracted more than 3000 participants in 157 local areas across 12 countries and over three continents.

More than 91,000 observations of species were uploaded of more than 12,000 species.

Head out for a walk or even into your own backyard.

Take photos and upload them using the app.