Becoming a Citizen Scientist

Citizen science is scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by amateur scientists. Citizen Science programs provide a important source of data about biodiversity. Data and insights gained through the efforts of citizen scientists enable us to learn more about our environments by creating additional data sources.


Today is a great day to get involved

QuestaGame is presented as an outdoor game where players take photos of animals, plants and fungi, and submit them to be identified. Each time you submit a sighting you score points, with rarer sightings scoring higher points.

Backyard Buddies

Backyard Buddies is a free initiative run by the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife. It gives you simple tips to transform your backyard into a safe habitat for native animals. 

Backyard Buddies are the native plants and animals that share our urban areas, waterways, backyards and parks.  Backyard Buddies are also the people who value native wildlife and want to protect it. Find out how you can Backyard Buddy.


FrogID is a national citizen science project that is helping us learn more about what is happening to Australia’s frogs. Croaks, whistles, bleats and barks. Did you know that every frog species makes a different sound! By recording a frog call with their free mobile app, you can discover which frogs live around you and help count Australia’s frogs!

Hollows for Homes

Hollows as Homes is a collaboration aiming to build a comprehensive picture of the hollow resources available for native wildlife. This project works with the community and land managers to assess tree hollow availability, as hollows are an important but limited resource for wildlife in urban and agricultural areas.

Birds in Backyards

Birds in Backyards is a great way to discover the birds that live near you. Find out what bird is making that noise, flying over head or eating the dogs food! The Birds in Backyards bird finder is great for beginners to learn all about the birds in their backyards. Head to Birds in Backyards now to take part in a bird survey.

Birds in Backyards is a research, education and conservation program of BirdLife Australia focused on the birds that live where people live. Get involved by becoming a member and taking part in our online surveys. Learn how you can create bird-friendly spaces in your garden and local community. Find out more about Australian birds and their habitats.

See the Birds in Backyards website for a poster for your region

Find a Citizen Science program near you

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