After many months of planning, NatureMapr launched in Albury Wodonga in July 2020.
Albury Wodonga Nature Map was made possible by Albury Conservation Company, with funding support from the Ross Trust, the Australian Government's Communities Environment Program (Farrer electorate), and the Festival of Folk, Rhythm and Life (FRL).
The platform is being supported by Albury City Council and Wodonga Council, as reflected in the four-year Action Plan of the Regional Natural Environment Strategy, developed by both councils in 2020.
In the first six months, 110 members added over 1,000 local wildlife sightings with photos. 150 reserves, parks and other locations have been mapped on the site.
Sightings uploaded by members are helping to create on-line photographic field guides' of wildlife at key locations in and around Albury Wodonga - Australia's 20th largest city.
Sightings added to Albury Wodonga Nature Map make their way to the Atlas of Living Australia, Australia's largest biodiversity database.
The aim of Albury Wodonga Nature Map is to engage local citizen scientists to not only learn more about their immediate environment, but also contribute their own wildlife sightings from their backyard, farm or local reserve. This will ultimately help our communities better understand our unique wildlife, and help to ensure that endangered and threatened species are conserved as Albury Wodonga becomes more urbanised over the next 2-3 decades.