Help sort animal selfies

We need citizen scientists to help us spot which animals are lurking in hundreds of thousands of photos. Help us sift through selfies for science.

Jump online and help us sort through thousands of animal selfies for science.

The selfies are captured as part of WildCount, the largest animal monitoring program of its kind in NSW.

The project uses motion-sensitive digital cameras strapped to trees in 200 sites across 146 parks and reserves in eastern NSW.

When no-one’s looking, the cameras snap away at animals like kangaroos, possums, lyrebirds and wombats.

The idea is to use the images to look at trends over a 10 year period to see which animals are in decline, increasing or stable.

We need your help

The cameras have snapped hundreds of thousands of animal selfies since the project started in 2012. But there aren’t enough hours in the day for scientists to sift through the images themselves.

That’s where citizen scientists come in. They can help us identify species in the photos faster than we could do it alone.

Your valuable work will helping scientists understand changes in native and pest species over time.

That knowledge will help us manage our precious biodiversity in national parks and reserves.

What can I expect to see?

See the WildCount project for a list of animals you can expect to see.

You can also look through online galleries from past years:

How do I get involved?