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Wild Warrnambool - a bioquest for citizen scientists of all ages

News Article Date: 
Monday, 12 August 2019

There’s an exciting new mission for local citizen scientists: Wild Warrnambool Bioquest.

Wild Warrnambool Bioquest, is an opportunity to photograph and document native plants and animals in and around Warrnambool.

Warrnambool City Council is collaborating with nature mapping game, QuestaGame to deliver the Wild Warrnambool Bioquest.

To participate in the bioquest is easy. Simply download the free QuestaGame app for your device, sign up and start submitting your wildlife photographs to the Wild Warrnambool Bioquest.

“This is a great opportunity for inquiring minds of all ages to help build a picture of the native plants and animals of Warrnambool,” Warrnambool Mayor Cr Tony Herbert said.

“From marsupials and birds to trees and groundcovers, we’re really keen to know what’s out there.

“We want to raise awareness and appreciation of our wildlife and also contribute to a broader understanding of Australia’s wildlife.

“For those who are competitive Wild Warrnambool is also a game. You score points for uploading and identifying different species and you can compete against other players.

“For parents it’s a great way to combine screentime with a fun, outdoor, science-inspired game.”

Players can also choose to share their information with national and global biodiversity databases for scientific research including the Atlas of Living Australia, a free online atlas hosted by the CSIRO.

If you don’t have or use a mobile phone, don’t worry, images and notes can be uploaded directly from a camera to the Wild Warrnambool website.

The Questagame app is available for Android and Apple phones.

Once you’ve downloaded the game, search for Wild Warrnambool Bioquest.

Data charges may apply when using the app.

The Wild Warrnambool Bioquest, a 12 month mission, began on August 12, 2019, coinciding with the start of Science Week.

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