Citizen science

There are many great citizen science programs encouraging residents to get involved and take note of what’s happening in their local environments.

These observations contribute to a national database and help not only raise awareness, but also share biodiversity knowledge about our native species.

These also let us know more about the plants and animals living in our city so we can help protect our local reserves and develop environmental strategies.

To find out more about citizen science in Australia, visit the Australian Citizen Science Association.


Join BirdLife Australia’s national bird monitoring community and make your birding count. Sign up for a username and password to start entering data immediately through the Birdata app or via the Birdata website.

To help get you started, download the Backyard Birds of Victoria poster.

Or visit our neighbors at Hume City Council and download a copy of their Birds of Hume Guide.

Aussie Backyard Bird Count

BirdLife Australia’s Aussie Backyard Bird Count takes place in October each year and aims to engage communities in the natural world while getting to know the birds in their local backyard.

By recording the birds you see, you will provide BirdLife Australia with a snapshot of Australian birds at the same time each year. This allows BirdLife to look at the trends in our bird communities from year to year. This is important because it’s these more common species that give us the best indication of the health of the environment. For more information visit the Aussie Bird Count website.


Have you taken any photos, videos or recordings of birds, insects or other local nature within Moonee Valley? You can now share your discoveries on Moonee Valley's own BowerBird page.

You can also create or join existing projects, chat to like-minded people and get help identifying species.

Frog Census

Frogs play an important role within an urban ecosystem as they control the amount of insects and provide a food source for birds, snakes and other animals.

Moonee Valley is home a number of species of frog, including the Pobblebonk Frog, Growling Grass Frog, Spotted Marsh Frog and Stripped Marsh Frog. We would love to know what other species call Moonee Valley home and anyone can help by participating as a frog monitor in Melbourne Water’s Frog Census.

Being a frog monitor is easy and fun, you don’t need to be a frog expert. To start volunteering for the Frog Census, simply download the free app for Apple or Android. You can record frog calls at any river, creek, wetland or any other type of waterway.

There is also some great educational information for students, frog ID print outs and a guide to building a frog-friendly garden.

For more information visit Melbourne Water's frog census website.

Water Watch

Waterwatch volunteers are ordinary people doing extraordinary things! What they share is an awareness of their local environment and the willingness to do something to look after it. But what really motivates them is a desire for their local rivers to be in the same or better condition for future generations to enjoy.

Through the Waterwatch Program, citizen scientists are supported and encouraged to become actively involved in local waterway monitoring and onground activities.

There are active Waterwatch groups across Victoria. These groups usually meet once a month to conduct monitoring of their local waterways. Resources needed to equip and train monitors is provided to groups and individuals. 

For more information visit the Water Watch website

Waterbug Census

Melbourne Water’s Waterbug Census program has been running since 2014 and has had over 4000 people involved in events, training and the collection of over 190 data samples. That’s included identifying and counting around 20,000 macroinvertebrates! This data can then be used to estimate the health of their local waterway.

As well as collecting citizen science data, the program has increased awareness in the community about macroinvertebrates and how they are an indicator for healthy waterways. Data collected contributes to Melbourne Water data sets and is also available on the Atlas of Living Australia.

For more information visit Melbourne Water's waterbug census website

Last updated: Wednesday, 16 January 2019, 2:35 AM