iNaturalist Australia

The ALA now manages the Australian node of iNaturalist – the world’s leading social network for biodiversity. We recommend ALA users upload individual observations to iNaturalist Australia. The app is freely available for recording observations of flora, fauna and fungi.

Key features:

  • Observations made in Australia are harvested weekly to the Atlas of Living Australia
  • iNaturalist helps users with species identification using community expertise and AI image recognition
  • You can set your profile to be affiliated with iNaturalist Australia
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Why is the ALA teaming up with iNaturalist?

We are a data aggregator and we don’t have the expertise to identify species. iNaturalist has a great species identification system. Read more about our partnership and how to create an iNaturalist account.

Can I still use the ALA’s Record A Sighting function?

Yes, you can continue to use it for now, but we will remove this function eventually.

Want more help?

Read all ALA Help articles about iNaturalist Australia.


The BioCollect mobile app provides access to projects and surveys in BioCollect, the ALA’s field data collection tool. The app is currently available for citizen science projects only.

Key features:

  • Automatic data upload to the BioCollect database
  • Access all of your projects from the one app
  • Integrated device tools (GPS, camera, etc.) for data recording
  • GPS-based search – projects near me or specified location

For more information on BioCollect please contact

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More apps for citizen scientists

There are many apps available to help citizen scientists record species observations. We suggest using an app that contributes data to the Atlas of Living Australia. This way your observations contribute to our national biodiversity database and will be used by researchers and decision-makers in their research and management of our biodiversity and environment. Here is a selection of apps that contribute data to the ALA.

QuestaGame is an Australian-made mobile app that connects people to nature as a way to discover,
learn about and map biodiversity for research and conservation. Observations of flora, fauna and fungi
are harvested regularly to the Atlas of Living Australia. It includes scoring, rewards, levels, challenges 
and “bioquests” designed to increase scientific value while engaging a broader audience – experts and
non-experts, naturalists and non-naturalists, teachers and students, young and old alike. 
NatureMapr is an Australian made and owned regionally focused citizen science platform that allows anybody to:
– Report a sighting anywhere across Australia and receive expert identification of their records.
– Build and maintain field guides for their local areas.
– Increase their knowledge of important species within a thriving community.
BirdLife Australia’s new birding portal and app. It is the most convenient and efficient method of
contributing to BirdLife’s numerous monitoring programs, such as the long-running Shorebird,
Beach-nesting Birds, Swift Parrot and Birds in Backyard surveys.
A national citizen science project developed by the Australian Museum to enable citizen scientists
to record frog calls and help us learn more about what is happening to Australia’s frogs.
eBird Australia
eBird Australia is Australia’s portal to eBird, an app used by keen birders across the world.
Butterflies Australia
A national citizen science project run by researchers at the Australian National University to
encourage everybody to record butterfly sightings.

There are also hundreds of citizen science projects listed on the Australian Citizen Science Project finder, which allows you to search by location or subject area of interest, and find the perfect project for you.