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The Australian Marine Debris Initiative Database was created to enable volunteers and organisations who were running beach clean-up events to also collect data on what they were finding with a consistent methodology so it could be collated into a standardised national database on marine debris.
Since 2004 more than 7 million pieces of data have been inputted into the Australian Marine Debris Database, creating a comprehensive overview of what amounts and types of marine debris are impacting beaches around the country.
We’re setting 129 years of stories free in one National Geographic app – from the first articles written, to the latest breakthroughs and blockbusters. This is National Geographic like never before, on demand and in one app for the first time. No journey will be the same, with content personalised for you. Explore the depths of our history to the limits of scientific discovery. Read articles, watch documentaries or scroll through the world’s most breathtaking photography.
iNaturalist is a place where you can record what you see in nature, meet other nature lovers, and learn about the natural world!
From bushwalkers to beach-combers, the world is filled with naturalists, and many of us record what we find. What if all those observations could be shared online? You might discover someone who finds beautiful wildflowers at your favourite birding spot, or learn about the birds you see on the way to work. If enough people recorded their observations, it would be like a living record of life on Earth that scientists and land managers could use to monitor changes in biodiversity, and that anyone could use to learn more about nature.
GroNATIVE will promote the use of native plant species in gardens and urban landscapes and show people how species can easily replace garden plants that often become weeds. It will allow users to select distinct gardening styles and looks and how to match this using native planting palettes. This will essentially reduce the costs of managing local ecosystems by stemming the flow of exotic plants into neighbouring vegetation and therefore reduce the need for remediation efforts.
This app helps you with a fast identification system based on morphological and color features. You’ll be able to immediately recognize the mushrooms you find on your walk using a procedure that simplifies their identification and minimizes the possibility of error.
You can browse the about 350 selected species wherever you are, viewing the photos, illustrated tables and detailed information providing more accurate identification and fun facts. You can even find single mushrooms by their names.
Australian Bites and Stings
Australia is home to many of the world’s most venomous creatures. Learn more about Australia’s venomous creatures and what to do if you are bitten or stung. Download the Australian bites & stings app and be prepared before you head out into Australia’s great outdoors!
The Jellyfish App
Is that blob on the beach dangerous? What’s the best treatment? The Jellyfish App is a one-stop-shop for safety and identification of jellyfish of the world. This feature-rich app puts expert knowledge at your fingertips with intuitive navigation and without jargon.
The Jellyfish App offers the following features: ENCYCLOPEDIA, SPECIES INFO, JELLYFISH NEAR ME, SEARCH, CURRENT ALERTS and BLOOM BLOG
Should you pee on a sting or does vinegar really work? Wondering when is the best time to swim, or what sort of protective clothing to use? Check out the Frequently Asked Questions for the answer to these and other queries at the TheJellyfishApp.com
The Michael Morcombe and David Stewart eGuide to the Birds of Australia
This is a LITE version of The Michael Morcombe eGuide to the Birds of Australia but is fully functional and includes ONLY 59 species, compared to 796 species in the full app. If you like the way this app works please check out the full version. The foremost field guide to Australian birds is now available as a fully universal app on the iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad with a comprehensive collection of bird calls.
Bird Song Id Australia. Identify birds of Australia by their Songs and Calls with this stunning guide.
Record a bird singing and use Automatic Recognition to help identify it.
Includes high quality images and audio. No internet connection is needed.
Data on Australian bird species are updated regularly, and users are encouraged to contribute to the quality of the app in terms of photos or species information. Photos and descriptions of bird species are found in the guide and the ability to record sightings of birds and their locations to keep track of what you see. Some birds are missing due to the lack of an available photos for the species, but will be included once a photo becomes available. FREE
A unique guide to watching birds, featuring a collection of over 110 video clips of native birds filmed in the wild by nature lover and cameraman Steve Sheers. Watch as a Mallee fowl tends its mound. Hear a Whistling Kite calling from the treetops or see a Willie Wagtail flit about. By watching birds such as a Golden Whistler, a Babbler or Fantail using Australian Birds, you can easily see how or why they were named.
In addition to the video clip, the app presents details for each bird, including a map of the areas where it can be found. And with more than 100 birds listed, a useful function is the ability to mark and recall favourites.
GoSkyWatch Planetarium – Astronomy Guide to the Night Sky
Easily and quickly identify and locate stars, planets, comets, constellations, galaxies and more by simply pointing to the sky. Your personal telescope to the wonders in the night sky. Go outside and explore with GoSkyWatch Planetarium.
The Gaia Guide is an online field guide that anyone can contribute to, with thousands of species described, including many high-quality identification photos. To use this app, you first need to register with the Gaia Guide website, select the guides you want to download and then download them to your mobile. You can search the species lists from the guides you downloaded, make identifications, and add photos, locations, times and other details about your sightings, which are then automatically uploaded to the Gaia Guide website for everyone to see. However there are costs for additional downloads though there are usually less than FREE* (with in app purchases, $2)
Funded by the Australian Government, The Atlas of Living Australia is a national initiative run by 17 organisations, to bring together rich information about Australia’s plants, animals, fungi and microorganisms. This app allows you to retrieve lists of species recorded in an areas, and view details of the species such as distribution, scientific name, common name and images. It also allows users to submit species occurrence records with an image to the Atlas of Living Australia and view the latest images added to the Atlas. FREE
The Frogs Field Guide is a great way to explore the unique frog fauna of Australia. This field guide allows you to browse comprehensive information about frogs including their calls and photographs. Use your current location to tell you what frogs would be nearby and keep a record of what you have seen with the ‘Frog Log’. FREE
This app is specific to all the animals in Australia that can do you harm, with the ‘near me’ feature detecting what may be around you. It lists, and even ranks according to danger, 40 different dangerous species including snakes, sharks, spiders, crocodiles, insects and even some birds. FREE
A field guide to Australian mammals, use the app to record your own sightings, which can be uploaded to the web, along with photos of the species. This guide includes more than 200 species, while 163 have been omitted due to the lack of images. As a field guide this one is still in its infancy so make use of any updates available. FREE
Use the simple interface to easily find animals. Every search field is optional and should give the result you are looking for near the top of the results. If what you are looking for isn’t there you can ‘search similar’ and the search will be reconfigured to find animals that are most like the details you entered. However, there are no species distribution maps. This is more of an identification guide rather than an encyclopaedia on each species, but would be very helpful for beginners. PAID ($3.79)
With more than 560 species including birds, lizards, mammals, turtles and more. This app is a must-have for any budding naturalist in Queensland. With species descriptions, distribution maps, species status and images, you can learn all about your favourite Queensland animals. FREE
An essential field guide to more than 570 of the most common species of wildflowers found in Australia. An interactive field guide that will assist in efficient and accurate wildflower identification. Aa highly valuable reference tool that can be used conveniently in all locations.
The Night Sky enables you to identify and will display the names of the stars, planets and other objects you are able to see, even if your view is obscured by clouds or daylight – by using your location data provided by the built in GPS and compass. It then cross references your location data and overlays the stars, planets, galaxies, constellations and satellites names on your screen.
MyEnvironment uses the GPS to show assets around you. See the heritage places, wetlands, protected species, protected areas, weeds and invasive species near you. Find the Australian environmental places and species that make up your neighbourhood or area of interest. See photos and location maps of environmental places and species. Search for places using the map or address search.