Great Southern Bioblitz and City Nature Challenge

iNaturalist provides a place to record and organize nature findings, meet other nature enthusiasts, and learn about the natural world. It encourages the participation of a wide variety of nature enthusiasts, including, but not exclusive to, hikers, hunters, birders, beach combers, mushroom foragers, park rangers, ecologists, and fishermen. Through connecting these different perceptions and expertise of the natural world, iNaturalist hopes to create extensive community awareness of local biodiversity and promote further exploration of local environments.

GFNC is a keen participant in the two annual iNaturalist BioBlitzes.

Great Southern BioBlitz 2023: City of Greater Geelong, 24-27th November

The 'Great Southern BioBlitz', or 'GSB' for short, is an international period of intense biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within several designated areas across the Southern Hemisphere in spring.

This project captures observations made within the City of Greater Geelong boundaries and parts of Golden Plains Shire.

The observation period is from 24 November to 27 November, while the data entry and identification stage continues running for a further 10 days.

All you need to do is to photograph or make sound recordings of mammals, insects, birds, plants, fungi and more in your backyard or local park, bushland or national park and upload them to iNaturalist using your phone app or computer. This is a great way to learn about the biodiversity within our wetlands, bushlands and coastal environments.

In the 2022 Great Southern BioBlitz, the City of Greater Geelong identified 1,063 species from 3,734 observations. See more...

City Nature Challenge 2023: City of Greater Geelong, 28 April to 1 May

Started in 2016 as a competition between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the City Nature Challenge (CNC) has grown into an international event, motivating people around the world to find and document wildlife in their own cities. The CNC is an annual four-day global bioblitz at the end of April where cities are in a collaboration and friendly-competition to see what can be accomplished when we all work towards a common goal.

This was the fourth time that Greater Geelong region participated in the City Nature Challenge.

In 2023 we identified 1,080 species from 3,493 observations. See more...

GFNC iNaturalist BioBlitz achievements in previous years