Putting Queanbeyan-Palerang on the Map

Published on 07 September 2021

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Council have partnered with one of Australia's largest citizen-science platforms, NatureMapr, to collect species sightings data from across our LGA.

The NatureMapr app is a platform that allows anyone to share species sightings of plants and animals in the Canberra and Queanbeyan-Palerang region, as well as several other locations across Australia.

Photos and audio recordings can be entered into the app and participants then tag their submission with a category or identified species. The submissions are then verified or corrected by moderators.

The sighting information added into this app by everyday residents, visitors and experts allows us and other organisations to learn more about the types of species, their populations and spread in our region.

“This app is a great opportunity for locals to get outdoors and share what they find in their own backyard. Being able to contribute to our understanding of species populations across QPRC will help us to create plans that better support native species,” said Mayor, Tim Overall.

The funding for this partnership came from the NSW Government’s Bushfire community recovery and resilience fund. New maps and datasets specifically for the QPRC area have been created and the data collected through this platform will inform future land management and bushfire mitigation strategies as well as mapping species recovery after high stress events.

The apps for Android and iOS have recently been updated, making it easier than ever to add your sightings. 

Download the app and start mapping your findings today, it’s a fun way to share plants and animals you may know as well as those you don't. 

Find more on our citizen-science page.

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