Melbourne Bioblitz!

Ever wanted to contribute to science but didn’t quite know where to start? Maybe even discover a new species?

Here’s your chance. Today, the City of Melbourne have launched their Bioblitz campaign, an ambitious project that aims to document as much of Melbourne’s biodiversity as humanely possible over two weeks (ending 15th November). That includes everything from the Eucalypts trees in the Royal Botanic Gardens to the loveable brushtail possums that frolic across our parks of an evening.

A black swan ( Cygnus a  tratus ) nesting at Albert Park Lake, Melbourne. 

A black swan (Cygnus atratus) nesting at Albert Park Lake, Melbourne. 

By contributing to the Melbourne Bioblitz you have the opportunity to win a bunch of great prizes or perhaps even discover a new species! Most importantly, though, the Bioblitz will be used to develop Melbourne’s first Urban Ecology Strategy – an important step in looking after our wonderful city’s wild places.

How can you join in?

You’ve got two options and both are really easy. Both involve simply taking a photo of your specimen and submitting it online.

Firstly, if you’d like to be shown some of Melbourne’s biological secrets by some of the most knowledgeable experts in town, head along to one of the official events advertised here. Whether you’re into reptiles, plants, birds, bats or even fungi, these events offer a great opportunity to see some of Melbourne’s wildlife and also learn about them from plenty of experts.  These events are running up until the 15th November.

Alternatively, if you’d prefer to do your own thing; just grab a camera and your favourite field guide and head out into the city to see what you can find.

How do you submit your sighting?

Sightings can be submitted in multiple ways, all of which only take a few seconds. It is important to remember that you need to take a photo of each specimen you submit, so the species description can be verified.

1.     Submit your sighting to the Bioblitz website using this form

2.     Tag your sighting on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #BioblitzMelb (don’t forget to say your location!)

3.     Submit your sighting on Melbourne Museum’s Bowerbird website 

And lastly, don’t forget to tag #wildmelbourne in your sightings as well, as we’d love to hear about what’s out there! We’ll certainly be out looking for creatures too!

An Australian praying mantis ( Orthodera ministralis ) found in Melbourne

An Australian praying mantis (Orthodera ministralis) found in Melbourne