Download iNaturalist to record your sightings

You can now use your smartphone or iPad to record your sightings when you are out and about. All moderated sightings will be added to the Atlas of Living Australia every week.

Even if you can’t identify the species you have seen, others will help to do that.

If you get registered now, you will be able to practise before the Mimosa Rocks Bioblitz where we are hoping to use iNaturalist a lot to help record more species.

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Birds in Backyards week 20 -26 October

For everyone interested in birds , why not get involved in Birds in Backyards and record what you see.

Log on and sign in to get started: http://www.birdsinbackyards.netEastern Spinebill impersonating a hummingbird at Booderee Botanic Gardens in Jervis Bay.

All records get sent to the Atlas of Living Australia, as well as Birdlife Australia, so you will help to build our regional database too.

Atlas of Life meetings

Dear All,

As you know we have the Mimosa Rocks Bioblitz coming up very soon and we are also planning our AGM

Can you please put these dates in your diary to join us at Watson’s building at Panboola.

Atlas of Life and Mimosa Rocks planning meeting Wednesday October 15th at 4:30pm and our AGM at the same place on November 21st at 4:00 pm

We look forward to seeing you all there – lots to talk about – and its all goodFlora Survey at Green Cape where all ages enjoyed the event at Science Week.



Another photo competition for you to enter

For all of you keen photographers, here are details of another competition you might like to enter.

Organised by Karl Beckert and Nature Conservation Council
New South Wales is blessed with beautiful and amazing natural places. From the beauty of Sydney Harbour, to the Blue Mountains, our pristine beaches, and the never-ending sun of the outback, our nature is unique and world class. What better way to celebrate nature in New South Wales than with photos that inspire us and showcase our state as one of the most special places on the planet.

I’d like to invite you to take part in our Love Nature photo competition: A celebration of our state, our people, and our beautiful wildlife. Nominations must be submitted by 26 October 2014. To enter, simply submit a photo of New South Wales’ beautiful and unique natural environment under one of the categories listed below. Entries can either be sent to or posted to our Facebook pagenatureconservation_bannerphoto_1.

There will be a winner in each category, and one public favourite determined by views and comments on social media. Winners and honourable mentions will also be displayed at NCC’s Annual Conference on the 1st and 2nd November 2014. Best of all, entering will help our campaign to protect the beautiful nature of NSW. We will endeavour to use all photographs submitted to showcase our great outdoors.

The categories are:

People love Nature
Native wildlife and plants
Destroyed landscapes

Help us celebrate and protect nature. Details are below. Good luck!

Karl Beckert
Nature Conservation Council
Details for photographs

– Photos must be taken in New South Wales
– Be submitted electronically with a file size between 1MB and 10MB
– Be taken in the last two years (except for the historic category)
– Entries in the historic category are ideally scanned and sent by email at 600dpi Otherwise original prints can be received and returned via post if required
– Digital editing must be limited to cropping, tonal or light adjustments

For full competition details and for full terms and conditions, please see our website.

Sapphire Coast Underwater Research Group AGM

If you are a diver and want to do some research dives then this is for you.

The Sapphire Coast Underwater Research Group (SCURG) AGM is on tomorrow night (Thursday October 2) at 5.30pm at Club Sapphire in Merimbula.

We will be electing our committee at the meeting and planning what the club will do in the coming months.

All current and possible new members are welcome to attend.

SCURG conducts research dives on marine debris, fish identification and photographing weedy sea dragons.

Weedy Sea Dragon