Join or run a BioBlitz

Find out how citizen scientists can help survey animals and plants, or how researchers can run their own BioBlitz event.

Citizen scientists can help survey animals and plants in a BioBlitz. A BioBlitz is a concerted effort to discover and record as many living things in a set location over a limited time period.

In a BioBlitz, specialists are on hand to help identify and record species.

It’s a great way for all the family to get involved in citizen science.

Alternatively, you might be a researcher who’d like to run your own BioBlitz.

Join a BioBlitz

You can join a BioBlitz whatever your age or background.

Contact us to register your interest in up-coming BioBlitzes.

Run a BioBlitz

If you are a researcher and want to run your own BioBlitz, download the Australian Guide to Running a BioBlitz.

You might also find our toolkit for citizen science projects useful.

We hope that BioBlitzes can be used in the future to help track how protected areas change over time.

Watch a BioBlitz in action

The World Parks Congress BioBlitz in 2014 was a celebration of science working with the community to create a species audit of the Sydney Olympic Park site.

This citizen science event involved children, congress participants, scientists, naturalists and community members to create a snapshot of urban biodiversity.

What did citizen scientists find?

About 250 survey participants came from all over the world and took part; spotting birds, spiders, insects, water bugs and many other species using the iNaturalist app link on their mobile phones.

Altogether, citizen scientists recorded 243 species, including many invertebrates that had never before been logged in the area.

See photos of some of their finds online.

Pick of the day

Dog vomit slime mould (Fuligo septica)Our pick for the most weird and wonderful observation on the day would be the dog vomit slime mould (Fuligo septica), a strange plasmoidal organism which appears after heavy rain, often in bark mulch in urban environments and is tolerant to heavy metals.

Thanks to everyone involved

Thanks to the event’s primary sponsors (National Geographic, IUCN, IUCN World Parks Congress Sydney 2014); contributing partners (Ontario BioBlitz, Canadian Museum of Nature, Taronga Conservation Society; and in-kind support (The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, Atlas of Life, Sydney Olympic Park, iNaturalist, Australian Museum, Parks Canada, Living Data).

Thanks also to all the organisations that set up displays on the day: Taronga Zoo, the Frog and Tadpole Study Group, Society of Insect Studies, Living Data and the Australian Museum.