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Friday, 28 April 2023 - 12:01AM to Monday, 1 May 2023 - 11:59PM
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Love nature and want to learn more about Maroondah’s local biodiversity? Join in the 2023 City Nature Challenge from Friday 28 April to Monday 1 May (date TBC).
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Following on from our successful results in the 2022 City Nature Challenge, Maroondah is again participating in 2023 and invites you to help us make it bigger and better than last year!

What is the City Nature Challenge?

The City Nature Challenge is an annual global citizen science event coordinated by the California Academy of Sciences and the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum, that was first run in 2016.

In 2022 Maroondah collaborated with 20 other Councils from across metropolitan Melbourne, along with the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria, the Entomological Society of Victoria, and Scouts Victoria, to represent Melbourne on the global stage as “Greater Melbourne”.

Participating cities “competed” to see who can make the most observations, find the most species, and engage the most observers in discovering the nature that lives in and around their city.

Watch the official 2022 City Nature Challenge video to view some of the amazing observations of wild plants and animals that people around the world have made in previous challenges.

2022 City Nature Challenge video 

How you can contribute

You can contribute to the challenge directly by logging observations during the four days of the challenge (dates for 2023 TBC) of the wild plants and animals you can find in your local area - a nearby creek, a local reserve, or your own backyard.

Please note more information on the 2023 Challenge and how you can contribute will become available later in the year. 

Online webinars

If you want to learn more about how to use the iNaturalist platform, gain expert knowledge on capturing quality observations of wild biodiversity and to hear more about the 2022 City Nature Challenge, you can watch a recording of the online webinars that were held leading up to the 2022 Challenge. These were organised on behalf of the Greater Melbourne collaboration by Boroondara, Stonnington, Monash, Hume, Moreland, Banyule, Darebin, Knox, Moreland and Mitchell councils.

  • The Small and Mighty Micro World (held on 26 April 2022)
    View the webinar 
  • Leaves, Feathers and Scales: the Macro World (with automated transcript) (held on 27 April 2022)
    View the webinar

 

Maroondah participated in the City Nature Challenge 2021 (Friday 30 April to Monday 3 May, 2021), collaborating with seven neighbouring councils to represent Melbourne for the first time as “Melbourne - Eastern Metropolitan Area”

Given that this was the first time that Melbourne has been represented in the global Challenge, the results were astounding!

Overall global results:

  • 1,270,673 observations
  • 47,802 species
  • 55,133 observers

See Overall global results

Melbourne -Eastern Metropolitan Area results:

  • 7,912 observations (41st overall out of 419 cities)
  • 1,192 species (55th overall)
  • 334 observers (41st overall

See all Melbourne -Eastern Metropolitan Area results

Maroondah results:

  • 2,640 observations (1st of the eight Melbourne - Eastern Metropolitan Area Councils)
  • 570 species
  • 81 observers

See Maroondah results

The top 5 most observed species in Maroondah were:

  • Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen)
  • Cherry Ballart (Exocarpos cupressiformis)
  • Australian Blackthorn or Sweet Bursaria (Bursaria spinosa)
  • Austral Bracken (Pteridium esculentum)
  • Hop Goodenia (Goodenia ovata)

Maroondah participated in the City Nature Challenge 2022 (Friday 29 April to Monday 2 May, 2022), collaborating with 20 neighbouring councils to represent “Greater Melbourne"

Overall global results:

  • 1,694,877 observations
  • 50,176+ species
  • 67,220 observers

See Overall global results

Greater Melbourne results:

  • 12,599 observations (33rd overall out of 445 cities)
  • 2,035 species (27th overall)
  • 603 observers (23rd overall)

See all Melbourne -Eastern Metropolitan Area results

Maroondah results:

  • 1,183 observations (3rd of the eight Melbourne - Eastern Metropolitan Area Councils)
  • 342 species
  • 78 observers

See Maroondah results

The top 5 most observed species in Maroondah were:

  • Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen)
  • Rainbo Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus)
  • Oxycanus dirempta
  • Australian Wood Duck (Chenonetta jubata)
  • Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Date and Time

  • Friday, 28 April 2023 - 12.01AM to Monday, 01 May 2023 - 11.59PM
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