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2022 City Nature Challenge

The annual City Nature Challenge is running from Friday 29 April to Monday 2 May 2022. Get out into your garden or visit your local park, creek or nature reserve to take some photos of wild animals and plants. Upload your images as observations to the iNaturalist platform for identification between 3 May 2022 to 8 May 2022, using the app or webpage.

This 4-day biodiversity blitz is a global effort. As a friendly competition, cities aim to record as many species as possible and make the most observations by the number of observers, shown on the City Challenge global tally board. Mitchell Shire Council is part of the Greater Melbourne umbrella project with over 25 other local government areas.

We will add your observations to the Mitchell Shire Council project, an important, ongoing record of the species living in our neighbourhoods.

What is iNaturalist?

iNaturalist is a free, easy to use app where you can record and share observations of local plants and animals by uploading photos.

It’s a great way to learn and share knowledge about local plants and animals whilst interacting with nature in your local area.

How to use iNaturalist

  1. Download the ‘iNaturalist’ App on iTunes or Google Play on your smartphone, or visit the iNaturalist Australia website on your computer.
  2. Sign up to create your profile or log in if you’re already a user
  3. Head outdoors to snap photos of local plants and animals and upload them to the app.

To learn more about using iNaturalist, have a look at the video tutorials on the iNaturalist website.

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Atlas of Living Australia

The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) is Australia’s one-stop-shop for information on our diverse wildlife: you can look up facts, explore species in your area, and view images of species in the wild and specimens in museums.

The ALA also enables you to make real contributions to biodiversity science: you can upload observations, help digitise museum collections, and set up your own community biodiversity projects.

Australian Museum - Capturing Climate Change

Share what you are seeing in response to climate change with the Australian Museums Capturing Climate Change online gallery.

Australian Museum - FrogID

FrogID is a national citizen science project that is helping us learn more about what is happening to Australia’s frogs.

Australian Platypus Monitoring Network

Using the Australian Platypus Monitoring Network, volunteers record platypus sightings at one or more sites using a standard visual survey method. By tracking population trends, conservation action can be taken sooner rather than later to help ensure this remarkable animal’s survival.

Birds in Backyards

Birds in Backyards is a research, education and conservation program of BirdLife Australia focused on the birds that live where people live. Follow the links from the website to download the birdata app.

The BirdLife Australia website also has some great resources including a parents pack with activities and colouring in.

Bush Blitz - Backyard Species Discovery

Australia’s largest species discovery program—it takes expert taxonomists on expeditions to remote locations to record plants and animals. Now anyone can join the Bush Blitz team on a virtual expedition, from anywhere in Australia!

Climate Watch

ClimateWatch is a national program developed by Earthwatch Australia, Bureau of Meteorology and the University of Melbourne to better understand how climate change is affecting our wildlife.

Download the ClimateWatch app or our field guides to start recording on ClimateWatch species.

Echidna CSI

Share the location, photos and details of local echidna sightings. Echidna CSI aims to learn about the distribution of echidnas across the country, the diet and gut health of echidnas, their changing hormones throughout breeding season, and so much more.

Feral Scan

Feral Scan is a citizen surveillance program - where you can help map feral animals and the damage they cause, including rabbits, foxes, feral deer and feral pigs. The app was launched in 2009 - now hosting over 200,000 community records.


Fungimap is a not for profit, citizen-science organisation dedicated to furthering the conservation and knowledge of Australian fungi.

Melbourne Water Frog Census

Get involved in Melbourne Water’s community frog monitoring program and collect data to help manage frog populations and raise awareness of waterway health issues.

Nature Blitz

Nature Blitz is an app developed by the North Central Catchment Management Authority (NCCMA) which covers the regions of Mitchell Shire that drain to the Campaspe River including Tooborac, Mia-Mia and Glenhope.

This is a citizen science monitoring tool that allows the community to collect important information about our region's biodiversity including birds, fish, mammals, frogs and reptiles.


TurtleSAT allows communities to map the location of freshwater turtles in waterways and wetlands across the country.


Waterwatch is a citizen science program for monitoring waterway health. Connecting local communities with waterways and catchment management.

Wild Pollinator Count

The Wild Pollinator Count provides an opportunity to contribute to wild pollinator insect conservation in Australia, including butterfly, wasp, fly, moth, beetle, thrips and ant species, some of which are documented pollinators. We invite you to count wild pollinators in your local environment and help us build a database on wild pollinator activity. Special events - Autumn: 12 – 19 April Spring: 8 – 15 November.

This page was last updated on 1 August 2022.