add a sighting

Who can add sightings?

Everyone is encouraged to contribute sightings that they make within the Atlas of Life region: locals and visitors; experienced biologists and people new to nature watching; individuals and organisations; adults and children. 

NatureMapr is the recording platform and database used by the Atlas of Life. NatureMapr provides easy-to-use tools for recording and identifying sightings, and for sharing this information across the Atlas of Life community.



You can add sightings on your computer, or record them in the field using the NatureMapr App on your smartphone, or tablet.

If you haven’t added a sighting before, first register as a user on NatureMapr, sign in ... and start recording. It's that simple!

The Atlas of Life NatureMapr site includes local species lists to help you identify your sightings, and fellow contributors are also able to comment and provide assistance. If you have no idea what it is that you have found, post your sighting anyway - chances are, someone will know! 


viewing sightings on naturemapr

The sightings records can be viewed by species, by group of organisms, or by location. You can even use NatureMapr as a personal record of all your own sightings - log in and then click 'My Profile' to see all your own records. 


what happens to the information?

The Atlas of Life NatureMapr records provide scientists, land managers and the broader community with insights into the biodiversity in our local area. This data can assist with ecological research, planning and environmental management, and general community awareness of the natural environment in this unique part of Australia.

Once the identification of a recorded sighting has been 'confirmed' by one of our experienced NatureMapr moderators, the record is automatically uploaded to the Atlas of Living Australia. The ALA is Australia's national biodiversity database. Hosted by CSIRO, and a node of the Global Biodiversity Infrastructure Facility, the ALA collates information from museums, scientific studies and a range of citizen science initiatives across the country. The data is freely and publicly available online, providing a uniquely valuable resource. 


The origin of NatureMapr

Aaron Clausen originally designed this as the Canberra Nature Map and it has proved to be so well liked and well used that we are very glad he has been able to adapt it to our needs.