The Great Aussie BioQuest is a citizen science competition where participants use their mobile phones to upload photos of insects, birds, spiders, reptiles, fungi - basically any wild plant or animal they can find — as they compete to help map their local biodiversity for scientific research and conservation.
"A lot of people think a place like Brisbane, a big city with more biodiversity, will naturally score higher," says Andrew Robinson, Chair of the Australia-based Earth Guardians, which runs the BioQuest each year. "But the scoring system is normalised by population and scaled according to the 'scientific value' of each find, so regional areas with less biodiversity, and lower populations will often score higher per submission."
BioQuest was originally a state-vs-state competition held during National Science Week in August. In 2021, with over 500 councils participating, BioQuest became a nationwide council-vs-council competition. This year, the BioQuest is held across two rounds: April and August.
Round 2 runs from 1 - 30 August as part of National Science Week. It is free to play. No registration is necessary: