At Boroondara we have joined the 2023 City Nature Challenge, and you can too! It’s as simple as taking photos of any wild plants and animals you see anywhere across Boroondara between 28 April and 1 May 2022 and uploading them to the iNaturalist app.
The City Nature Challenge is a global citizen science competition run by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California Academy of Sciences. We are joining forces with councils across Greater Melbourne to collectively take part in the challenge.
In 2022, 445 cities from across 47 countries took part in the challenge, with more than 67,000 people participating. Nearly 1.7 million observations were made, and more than 50,000 species were recorded. This included over 2,000 rare, endangered and threatened species.
By participating, you can show the world the amazing animals and plants Boroondara is home to. You can also help create research quality data for scientists who are working to better understand and protect nature.
Data collected as part of the City Nature Challenge may be used in scientific publications or by Council to help us better understand and manage our local biodiversity.
To join the challenge, simply download the iNaturalist app from the Google Play Store-external site or from the Apple App Store-external site. You can use the app to upload sightings you make between 28 April and 1 May.
You can also book in to attend our fun Boroondara City Nature Challenge guided walks. These walks are running over the weekend of the challenge.
After the week of the challenge, the findings uploaded to the app will be identified. The results are expected to be announced in early May 2023.