Citizen science

There are many facets to citizen science but in general terms it is about the public engaging with and sharing science in relation to the natural world. This could be through random observations and reporting, organised surveys, monitoring project progress and outcomes, recording methodologies and sharing knowledge to improve recovery of species and their habitats.

This page is set up to help groups and individuals undertaking or planning  native flora and fauna projects in Victoria to connect with other sites and resources for information relating to citizen science.

Further information:

Citizen science and data collection apps and websites

Atlas of Living Australia

The Atlas of Living Australia is a collaborative, national project that aggregates biodiversity data from multiple sources and makes it freely available and usable online. Includes species information profiles, downloadable occurance data,  spatial tools, sightings upload tools and citizen science platforms.

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Aussie Bird Count

Web app, Android app, iOS app

Birdlife Australia citizen science event. Australia wide bird count surveys.

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Australian BioBlitz hub

Website

National list of BioBlitz projects. 

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Australian Citizen Science Association

Website

The Australian Citizen Science Association  (ACSA) was formed to advance citizen science through the sharing of knowledge, collaboration, capacity building and advocacy. ACSA is a member-based community that supports, informs and develops citizen science. ACSA membership is open to citizen science project managers, volunteers or anyone with an interest in citizen science.

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Birdata

Web app, Android app, iOS app

A Birdlife Australia platform. Record, contribute and viewbird sightings and survey data.

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BowerBird

Web app

Managed by the Museum of Victoria and the Atlas of Living Austalia, Bowerbird is a socially networked, web-based, community, biodiversity workspace for Australia. Submit biological sightings and images for idenitification, discussion and sharing to conservation networks and recognised databases.

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Climate Watch

Website, Android app, iOS app

Contribute species data relating to climate change.

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eBird

Web app, Android app, iOS app

International bird observation and checklist citizen science program.

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Echidna CSI

iOS app

EchidnaCSI is a citizen science project aimed at understanding more about Echidnas through the public's help.

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Eremaea Birdlines

Web app

Eremaea Birdlines is a service provided by Birdlife Australia for recording unusual and interesting observations of wild birds in Australia.

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EstuaryWatch

Web app

EstuaryWatch is a citizen science program for monitoring estuary health.

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FeralScan

Web app, Android app, iOS app

Map feral animal sightings, impacts and control actions. Includes RabbitScan, WildDogScan, FeralCatScan, FoxScan, FeralPigScan, ToadScan, MynaScan, MouseAlert, CamelScan, FeralGoatScan, FeralFishScan, StarlingScan, DeerScan (coming)

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Frog Census

Android app, iOS app

Melbourne Water community frog monitoring program. Recording of frog calls. 

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FrogID

Web app, Android app, iOS appp 

Discover which frogs live around you and help count Australia's frogs.

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Fungimap

Website

Putting Australian fungi on the map.

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iNaturalist

Web app, Andriod app, iOS app

International biodiversity observation and citizen science platform.

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iSpy Catchment Creatures

Web app

Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority bird, fish, reptile and frog observation program.

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National Waterbug Blitz

Website

National citizen science event to collect waterbug monitoring data from waterways and wetlands

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NatureBlitz

Web app, Android app, iOS app

The North Central CMA's NatureBlitz app is a citizen science monitoring tool that allows the community to collect important information about our region's biodiversity.

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NatureShare

Web app

Citizen science database for individuals and groups to document and share information about their local environment.

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NatureWatch

Volunteer program

A Victorian National Parks Association program. Started in 2007, NatureWatch trains community volunteers to collect important information about Victoria's animals and plants. Projects include Communities Listening for Nature, Caught on Camera, Grasstree Monitoring and Grassland Threatened Species.

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PlatypusSPOT

Web app

Report Platypus sigthings.

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ReefWatch

Volunteer program

A Victorian National Parks Association program. Marine citizen science program that trains pople to collect important information about fish, invertebrates and algae at dive locations across Victoria. Projects include Great Victorian Fish Count, Adopt a Sponge, PlateWatch, OysterWatch, Sea Slug Census and ReefCam

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TurtleSAT

Web app

Contribute to mapping the location of freshwater turtles.

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VBA Go

Web app

Mobile recording tool for the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas.

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WaterWatch

Web app

Waterwatch is a citizen science program for monitoring waterway health.

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Wildlife Spotter

Volunteer program

Become a citizen scientist and assist researchers by looking for animals in wilderness photos taken by automated cameras around Australia.

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WomSAT

Web app

WomSAT is a new resource for communities to record sightings of wombats across the country.

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xeno-canto

Web app

xeno-canto is a website dedicated to sharing bird sounds from all over the world. 

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ZoaTrack

Web app

Platform for storing, analysing, visualising, synthesising and sharing animal presence and movement information.

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