Our place is a bioregion of particular interest and worthy of detailed study.
The aim of the project is to identify as many of the living creatures of this region as possible over the next years.
Our Atlas spans the landscape from the Great Dividing Range in the west, to the coast of New South Wales south from Bateman’s Marine Park and down to the northern coastal region of Victoria around Gabo Island
Many of us who live here want to learn more about the life we share this region with and to record our observations. The Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness project enables everyone with an interest or passion for the natural world to contribute to an important work of reference.
In August 2016 we moved to a new recording platform NatureMapr. This gives easy to use tools so that everyone can add sightings and help us build our database. You can add photos and record sightings on your computer but now also using the NatureMapr app on your tablet and smartphone. This is a platform developed for the Canberra Nature Map which has proved to be well liked and well used. At August 2016 it has now over 500 contributors and over 1 million records of 3,220 species. In the five years since we started the Atlas of Life, we have 200 contributors and over 12,000 sightings added to the Atlas of Living Australia(ALA), our national Biodiversity database. We have over 3,500 species now on our species list – but of course we have all the marine species that canberra doesn’t! We are proud to have a team of moderators who look at each sighting before it is uploades to the ALA so that we are making a valuable and ricj contribution to our national archives
Everyone who observes and records the life of this region is encouraged to identify and log their sightings to contribute to this major work. We organise surveys of many kinds to study in depth and record the biodiversity of our place.
In addition we also add observations made over time by many groups – such as the Bird surveys undertaken at Panboola and the flora sightings at Bournda. We are fortunate also that individual contributions such as Glenda Wood’s orchid photos and Jackie Miles’ large collection of flora observations have been offered to help build both our Atlas and the national database.
Over time we expect that more scientists will recognise this is a good place to work, where they are supported and where appropriate, helped to enlarge the scope of their work with our contribution.
Our annual BioBlitzes have proved inspiring events where scientists and naturalists share their expertise with the wider community and we create significant biodiversity snapshots for each location. We have worked with National Parks and Local Land Services and Local Aboriginal Land Councils to add important information to a number of conservation projects.
Over time we are also becoming more competent and knowledgeable and we are better able to explore further and look deeper into the mysteries of our place.
As well as biodiversity, we are studying and record effects of climate change and invasive species. What we learn and record now will be valuable for scientists in the future.
We are also collecting references to scientific studies which have been undertaken in the past, for our use and to help other scientists and researchers.