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 2024: City of Greater Geelong, 20 - 23 September

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. The dates vary each year to allow for the seasonal changes in what species are present and/or easy to identify.

This project captures observations made within the City of Greater Geelong boundaries and parts of Golden Plains Shire. In the 2023 Great Southern BioBlitz, in late November, the City of Greater Geelong identified 800 species from 2.186 observations. 

City Nature Challenge 2024: City of Greater Geelong, 26 - 29 April

Come and be part of the worldwide City Nature Challenge! Join and compete with people from over 450 other cities to discover and record as many plant, animal and fungus species as possible.

This is the fifth time that the Greater Geelong region is participating in the City Nature Challenge. All you need to do is to photograph or sound record wildlife in your backyard, local park or surrounding national parks and upload your observation to iNaturalist using your phone app or computer. A great way to learn about the biodiversity within our wetlands, bushland and coastal environments. Skilled naturalists will help identify your observed species. See more

GFNC iNaturalist BioBlitz achievements in previous years