Join in the biggest bioblitz event across the southern hemisphere! The Great Southern BioBlitz is an opportunity for all Southern Hemisphere countries to record organisms during Spring and showcase our beautiful biodiversity to the world. The event is run by a grassroots network of keen citizen scientists from across the globe.

How do I get involved?

There are two main ways to get involved in the GSB for 2023.

Become a participant

Anyone in the world is eligible to take part in the event. All you have to do is upload observations of wildlife to the iNaturalist platform. Observations, however, must be made somewhere in the southern hemisphere during the event time frame. Register as a participant to be kept informed and to qualify for a certificate.

More information on becoming a participant is here.

Become an area organiser

For those keen to get more involved in the event, you can also register as an area organiser. As an area organiser, your role will be to create a local area project to represent your region in the event. This role includes organising events and getting the public involved in your area. Area organisers may also wish to help the GSB committee with further duties (e.g. website content, social media management, continent representative) by going here.

Rights: iNaturalist NZ – Mātaki Taiao

iNaturalist NZ – Mātaki Taiao

This OCS project can identify plants and animals or act as a way of collating data about the diversity of plants and animals in your area.

The Great Southern BioBlitz for 2023 will run from 24–27 November. Participants in the event will then have a further 14 days to upload and identify all of their observations made during this period to the iNaturalist platform.

For more information and to join in:

Follow on social media using #GSB23.

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Explore the wide range of projects we have under our citizen science section, including iNaturalist.

Check out these tips for planning your science programme using a citizen science project and the Getting started with citizen science and Online citizen science webinars.

The Hub has numerous resources under these topics and concepts: biodiversity, conservation, native species, invertebrates and citizen science.

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