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Citizen Science

From time to time the Tasmanian Field Naturalists Club is asked if members can send observations or carry out more active research into a topic about the natural world.

This page provides contact details and some descriptions for citizen science opportunities. They are listed in chronological order as they are received.

Intervarsity Bioblitz Challenge


Field Nats are invited to join the Intervarsity BioBlitz Challenge with UTAS students.

The Intervarsity BioBlitz Challenge is a national BioBlitz event, bringing together students from all over Australia.

Students will compete in a challenge to discover as many species as possible on their campus grounds, as well as in their surrounding conservation parklands with the help of local friends of groups.

Let's check out the University Reserve in spring time for birds, bugs, orchids, plants, and any other signs of life there! Bring camera and macro lens if you have one. We will also set up field microscope stations for us to have a look at tiny creatures out there! We won't be doing any lethal captures so all critters captured will be released back into the wild right after photography IDs are taken of them to be uploaded onto iNaturalist.

Event links:

Register here:

Posted 4 September 2021



Instructions for using iNaturalist

iNaturalist is used around the world to record observations of nature. It is widely used by citizen scientists.

Find out more here:

Here is a pdf of step by step instructions written by Clare Hawkins for using iNaturalist.

iNaturalist for the dubious

Added 24 September 2020

Nature Trackers website

Nature Trackers is the Bookend Trust's overall site of citizen science projects:

 Flame Robins Survey

Call for observations from Central North Field Naturalists.

To find out and to participate, visit:

BushBlitz Backyard Species Discovery

(Added 25 April 2020)

 Earthwatch Australia

(Added 25 April 2020)

Vegetation Surveys - Help wanted

Assist a PhD student researching impact of fallow deer in Central Plateau. More...

 (Added 10 September 2019)

Anaspides Study

A request for information about the distribution of Anaspides (Tasmanian mountain shrimp) from a German-Australian research team.  Read more here.

 Save our Seabirds

Appeal from the Pennicott Foundation    l     Pennicot Foundation website

(Added 17 December 2018, updated 20 August 2019)

 Help to eliminate European Wasps from Mt Wellington Park

Recently while enjoying a walk on Mt Wellington, two of our members met one of the Park Rangers who was eradicating European Wasp nests. The Ranger requests that anyone who comes across a nest should contact him, and provide information on location of the next, by a GPS reading if available.

Wellington Park Ranger:

Ben Masterman


Phone: 6238 2976,  0408 517 534