City Nature Challenge is GO!

“Imagine how many species we could document if everyone in Australia just spent a few hours a day for four days documenting the biodiversity in their own backyard!”

Sick of staying indoors? Have you heard about the biggest backyard bioblitz Australia has ever seen?  For the first time ever the City Nature Challenge is being contested by four Australian cities. Due to COVID-19, the City Nature Challenge (Australian organisers) are also encouraging everyone in Australia to join in the fun and bioblitz their own backyards (or balconies) in the name of science!

It all takes place from the 24th to 27th April inclusive, but there are also daily challenges leading up to the big event, so get the kids involved too!

Please note: the iNaturalist app is rated as ages 4+ in the Google and iOS app stores however you do need to be 13 years old to have an iNaturalist account so m Mum or Dad will need to supervise 4-12 year olds.

Want to do something fun and a bit unusual? Sunday the 26th of April is Moth Night.  Put up a white sheet outside under cover and shine a light onto it. Turn off all other lights and wait 10 minutes for the moths to find the sheet. Then start logging those moths. This is a great one to get the kids involved in too!

Click here for more information about Moth Night.

Enjoyed Moth Night? Look out for Shake A Tree Day!

Reminder: When bioblitzing your own backyard be sure to log in your observations as “obscured” for geoprivacy reasons.

Check out City Nature Challenge Redlands City QLD, City Nature Challenge: Geelong, City Nature Challenge: Greater Adelaide and City Nature Challenge 2020 / Sydney for details of our Aussie city competitors.


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