We want you, and your observations, for our iNaturalist project!

Land Covenantors Victoria has created a project to gather observations made across Victoria on covenanted land using iNaturalist, a citizen science platform and mobile app.

iNaturalist allows users to take pictures of plants, animals, fungi and other organisms and upload them to the iNaturalist community.

By using the app, you'll receive help with identification from a network of experts and fellow enthusiasts. The computer vision algorithm is also scarily accurate at suggesting identifications for some species.

We are inviting you to join and upload your observations from your covenanted property. This is another way LCV can foster community amongst those of us managing and protecting private land habitats.

If you’re not yet an iNat user, there are plenty of resources to get you started here. You could start by watching this video showing how to make an observation using the iNaturalist mobile app.

We've also created some quick resources for you:

iNaturalist observations are important

iNaturalist observations contribute valuable information to scientific research and conservation efforts.

A key use of the LCV project will be to gather important observations and upload them to the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas. The VBA is the principal database used by government agencies to inform biodiversity decision-making. But, to put it nicely, the interface is not as user-friendly as iNat.

Unfortunately, VBA no longer automatically migrates observations from iNat to the VBA. However, the LCV team will upload verified observations from the LCV project into the VBA.

You can help make this project great:

  1. Join the project and contribute your observations from covenanted land.
  2. Let us know if you have special identification skills so we can tag you to help with verifying observations in the LCV project.
  3. We are also keen to hear from you if you are a whizz at batch uploads to the VBA...

Land Covenantors Victoria acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Victoria and their deep connections to land, water and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today. Contact:

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LCV is a Registered Charity. ABN: 28727715232