Backyard Species Discovery – a virtual citizen science Bush Blitz

With expeditions on hold due to COVID-19, the Bush Blitz team has organised a virtual expedition to continue adding to our knowledge of Australian biodiversity while keeping everyone busy at home.

While we can’t promise you’ll find a new species, you will discover some amazing plants and animals living in your own backyard, learn to identify them with the help of Bush Blitz scientists and contribute valuable data to the Atlas of Living Australia.

As of 6 August 2020, we have 292 virtual expedition members, they have made 81,845 observations and 7214 species have been identified.

Join our virtual citizen science Bush Blitz! Follow the links below to find out how:

Backyard Species Discovery introductory video

Fact sheet – Introduction to Backyard Species Discovery

Fact sheet – Make Your Observations Count

Video – Frogs: Dr Jodi Rowley gives us tips on finding frogs

Video – Insects/spiders: How to make an aspirator or ‘pooter’

Video – Insects/spiders: How to catch ‘mini-beasts’

Resources for teachers

Backyard Species Discovery Weekly Challenge

Come back soon as more videos and fact sheets will be added regularly.