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How amateur scientists are writing Australia’s biodiversity database

How amateur scientists are writing Australia’s biodiversity database.

The Wild Life – everyday Aussies turn scientist, shaking up Australia’s biodiversity database

This big brown land we call home is teeming with all creatures great and small.

The average backyard alone boasts more creepy crawlies than a pool shop. Then there’s the birds, reptiles, mammals…the list goes on.

Now, consider just how many species are scattered across our vast country. 7.692 million square kilometres of vast country, to be precise.

So while our land abounds in nature's gifts, of beauty rich and rare, there just ain’t enough scientists to document them all.

That’s where we come in.

A new wave of ‘citizen scientists’ is demonstrating the collective power of scientific discovery, with everyday Australians photographing and uploading images of local biodiversity.

From kingfishers to flatworms, these findings are helping scientists track and document patterns of species distribution, building Australia’s biodiversity database with massive implications for agriculture and other sectors. Even the smallest of discoveries are having big implications for large-scale projects.

This Power of & is seriously advancing our scientific research – and you can help with a snap of your smartphone. So go on, take a selfie with a slater, share it with the scientific world at sites such as BowerBird, and help write Australia’s biodiversity database.

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