Help nature from home Citizen science for nature

Get up, get out and explore nature in your own backyard through these free citizen science apps all available at the App store or Google play. Suitable for kids and adults.

  • Sunshine Coast Big Butterfly Count

    Help us count butterfly species on the Sunshine Coast. Butterflies can be a good indicator of the environmental health of an area. You can join the butterfly count anywhere and anytime. Check out the Big Butterfly Count page for more information.

  • ClimateWatch App

    Help scientists understand how our local species are adapting to climate change. Download the free app, find the common climate watch species in your own backyard (such as magpies, orbweaver spiders and jacarandas) and upload photographs and notes on their current seasonal activities and behaviours such as flowering, nesting, feeding and breeding. The Sunshine Coast is home to a few ClimateWatch trails. Search for the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary or Kawana Forest trails.

  • Frog ID Project

    The Australian Museum Frog ID Project is a great resource for learning and contributing as citizen scientists to frog research in Australia. Get involved and learn about different species of frogs you can spot in your own back yards. You can also record frog calls that you hear and have them identified by experts and counted in national surveys.

  • Fauna of Mary Cairncross on iNaturalist

    Discover and help monitor the fauna of Mary Cairncross. The reserve is a haven for a variety of fauna. What can you see? We'd love observations of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and the myriad of invertebrate species. Use the free citizen science platform iNatualist to record your observations. Search for the project, Fauna of Mary Cairncross.

  • Flora of Mary Cairncross on iNaturalist

    Discover and help monitor the flora of Mary Cairncross. More than 250 different types of plants can be found in the reserve. What can you see? We'd love observations of all types of plants. Seasonal observations of flowering, fruiting and the wildlife that are interacting with various plants is really interesting.

  • Project Noah

    Project Noah is a global community of people who love wildlife. Once you join you can subscribe to a variety of missions such as Entomologica of Queensland or Birds around the World. Share photos, take scientific notes, get help identifying species and learn amazing wildlife facts. Earn badges for your contributions and help map global biodiversity.

  • Bird survey

    Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve is haven for bird life. Join a team of volunteers to help survey the birds present in the reserve. Our team conducts regular seasonal bird surveys in the reserve to monitor the different types and numbers of birds and how this changes with the seasons. The survey takes place over 30 minutes on two sections of track. It is great if you are familiar with local birds and their calls but not a requirement. Anyone with an interest in birds is welcome to join. Check out the events page for the date of the next survey. You can also conduct a bird survey anytime and anywhere with Birdata (https://birdata.birdlife.org.au/).

  • Pademelon survey

    Join a team of volunteers to help survey the pademelons in the reserve. Our team conducts regular seasonal pademelon surveys to monitor the number of pademelons and how this changes with the seasons. The survey takes place over approximately 2 hours with observations taking place from the track. Anyone with an interest in wildlife is welcome to join. Check out the What's On page for the date of the next survey.